Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Varan



Varan is the simplest Maharashtrian Daal. It's the first course accompaniment with plain rice. If there is any daal that can be prepared with just 5 basic ingredients, Varan is one of them.

Here's how we make it.
Varan (Serves 4)
वरण
Ingredients
1 cup toor daal
1/4 tsp asafoetida
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp jaggery

salt to taste
Method
1. Pressure cook toor daal adding asafoetida and turmeric powder with 1 1/2 cups water.
2. Mash daal using wooden daal masher or butter churner.
3. Add 1/2 cup water. Transfer to a saucepan.
4. Bring to boil. Add salt and jaggery.
5. Let it simmer for 5 minutes.
6. Cover with plain rice, a wedge of lemon and few drops of homemade ghee.

Note -
1. If there is any leftovers, you can add tempered oil of your choice and make a delicious daal.

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