Toor Dal Varan

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We konkanis prepare our sole dish Dalithoy with Toor dal. This varan is a North Kanara Konkani recipe. I am from Bangalore and was not at all aware of this dish until after my marriage when my mother-in-law prepared it at least once in a fortnight. It tastes great and though not spicy can be served to kids which they will surely relish. It can be relished with spicy potato onion stir fry !!!!

What you need to have:

1. Toor Dal – 1/2 Cup

2. Green chilis – 4

Ingredients of Seasoning:

1. Mustard seeds – 1 Teaspoon

2. Curry leaves – 2 Strands

picture-233 Ingredients of Toor Dal Varan & ingredients of Seasoning

picture-134 Ingredients of Wet Masala

What you do with what you have:

1. Wash , soak toor dal for about 10 minutes in water. Wash, slit green chillies and add it to soaked dal.

2. Cook soaked dal in cooker as usual for about 20 minutes till smooth and is as shown in the image below.

picture-1382 Cooked Toor Dal

3. Grind grated coconut, turmeric powder, cumin seeds adding sufficient quantity of water in the mixer to a fine consistency and the masala is as shown here.

picture-136 Wet Masala

4. Place cooked dal on the flame and add ground masala to it adding about 3 cups of water and required quantity of salt and bring it to boil stiring occasionally.

5. Place a spatula with 2-3 teaspoons of cooking oil in it on medium flame. On heating add mustard seeds to it. When it sputters add curry leaves to it. Season it to Toor Dal Varan.

picture-1401 Ready to serve Toor Dal Varan

How long it takes: 45 minutes

Number of servings: 5-6 people

Good to remember:

  1. Always use good quality dal for the dish.
  2. 2. Cook dal till soft to turn the dish yummy.

7 thoughts on “Toor Dal Varan

    Uma said:
    May 3, 2009 at 1:18 am

    Looks yummy đŸ™‚

      prathibalrao responded:
      May 6, 2009 at 4:04 pm

      Hi Uma,

      Thanx a lot !!!!

    Mrs Sumedha said:
    March 4, 2010 at 8:44 am

    to itme no. 4 add a little hing. If you like you may add ghee when serving.

      prathibalrao responded:
      March 4, 2010 at 12:30 pm

      Hi Sumedha,

      To this dish we do not add hing(Asafoetida)We only add Hing to our “Dalithoy”(konkano dal)which is the main masala item to it and i have posted on this blog.

    Anjali said:
    March 13, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Simple and tasty dish.As you said kids will definitely like it!!!!

    Naidile said:
    June 8, 2010 at 11:05 am

    Quick & Simple!

      prathibalrao responded:
      June 8, 2010 at 2:27 pm

      Hi Naidile,

      It is a simple and easy one for the starters i feel!!!!!!

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