How to make Varan - This dal is a part of daily menu in most Maharashtrian homes.

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Split pigeon pea (toor dal/arhar dal) (तुवर दाल/अरहर दाल), Turmeric powder (हल्दी का पावडर)

Cuisine : Maharashtrian

Course : Dals and Kadhis

Varan Recipe Card


The Maharashtrian hospitality is legendary. The cuisine has subtle variety and strong flavours and varies from region to region. In ancient times in the more affluent homes, feasts often started at mid-day and ended when the sun set! The presentation of food was alluring with a practice to sing sacred verses to dedicate the meal to God.
Maharashtrian cuisine covers a wide range from being extremely mild to very spicy dishes. Wheat, rice, jowar, vegetables, lentils and fruit form important components of Maharashtrian diet. 
Everybody knows about the unbeatable taste of the Mumbai’s chaats! But there is so much more to explore and savour in the other regions of Maharashtra. 

For more recipes related to Varan checkout Keoti Dal, Dal Dhokli, Methiwali Arhar Dal, Mysuru Rasam . You can also find more Dals and Kadhis recipes like sambhar, Kadhi Bhel, Ma Choliyan Di Dal, Vengaya Sambhar.

Prep Time : 1-1.30 hour

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Varan Recipe

  • Split pigeon pea (toor dal/arhar dal) soaked for 1 hour 1 cup

  • Turmeric powder ¼ teaspoon

  • Asafoetida ½ teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Sugar ¼ teaspoon


Step 1

Pressure cook the pigeon peas with turmeric powder, asafoetida and 3 cups water till 4 whistles are given out.

Step 2

Open the lid of the cooker once the pressure is completely released.

Step 3

Mash the peas with a mathni. Add salt and sugar and mix well. Bring the mixture to a boil.

Step 4

Serve hot with steamed rice.