Simple Meal : Jeera Khobrya che Varan, Rice, Batatya che Kaap / Simple Dal with a tinge of cumin seeds, coconut, Rice, Shallow fried Potatoes


Varan Bhath topped with ghee is an alltime favourite in Maharashtrian cuisine. An equally delicious varan with a mild variation is jeera khobrya che varan. Jeera Khobrya che Varan is a delicious traditional dal prepared from tuvar (split pigeon peas) dal to which a ground paste of cumin seeds, coconut is added. Simple and easy to make this dal makes a great accompaniment with rice and shallow fried fritters. 



  • 1/2 cup tuvar dal (split pigeon peas) rinsed and soaked in water for an hour
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/8 tsp asafoetida
  • 1/8 to 1/4th tsp turmeric powder + 2 pinches turmeric powder to be added while cooking the dal
  • 1/2 tsp oil to be added while cooking the dal
  • 11/2 tbsp freshly scraped coconut
  • Salt to taste


  • Pressure cook toor dal along with two pinches of turmeric powder, 1/2tsp oil and a pinch of asafoetida till pressure is released four times (three whistles). Once the pressure settles down remove the dal and mash it well and keep it aside.
  • Grind freshly scraped coconut, cumin seeds to a smooth paste adding little water and keep aside.
  • In a deep pan add cooked and mashed dal, turmeric powder, asafoetida and water to get the desired consistency, heat it and bring to a boil. Add ground coconut paste and salt, stir well and bring to a boil. Add ghee, stir well and bring to a boil. 
  • Serve piping hot varan with steaming hot rice and vangyache/ batatyache kaap.


  • 1/2 cup soaked dal gives 1 1/2 cup cooked dal.
  • Adding 2 pinches of turmeric powder while cooking the dal, brightens the colour of the dal and adding 1/2 tsp oil prevents the dal from foaming/minimizes foaming.

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  1. Very nice recipe 🙂

    1. Thanx a lott 🙂

  2. Nothing can beat simple daal chawal with potatoes…According to me its the best meal one can have..Lovely post !!

    1. Yess, blissful meal I’d say 🙂

  3. This looks delicious! Thanks!

    1. Thanx a lott 🙂

  4. Great recipe, thanks for sharing this with us.

    1. Thanx a lott 🙂

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