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Varan is a traditional Maharashtrian dish made with lentils and vegetables. It is usually served with steamed rice or chapatis. The main ingredients of Varan are toor dal (split pigeon peas), turmeric, cumin, asafoetida, and salt. It is usually cooked in a pressure cooker and and then seasoned and boiled. It is often served with a dollop of ghee (clarified butter) and a sprinkle of freshly chopped coriander leaves.

Macronutrients Breakdown

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toor dal

2 cups

turmeric powder

1/2 teaspoon

cumin seeds

1 teaspoon

mustard seeds

1 teaspoon


2 tablespoons


1 teaspoon

green chillies, chopped


freshly grated coconut

2 tablespoons

freshly chopped coriander leaves

2 tablespoons

Salt to taste



Step 1:

Wash and soak the toor dal in water for about 30 minutes.

Step 2:

Heat the oil in a pressure cooker and add the cumin and mustard seeds.

Step 3:

When the seeds start to splutter, add the asafoetida and green chillies.

Step 4:

Add the soaked toor dal and turmeric powder and mix well.

Step 5:

Add 2 cups of water and close the lid of the pressure cooker.

Step 6:

Cook for about 3-4 whistles or until the dal is cooked.

Step 7:

Once the pressure is released, open the lid and add the freshly grated coconut and coriander leaves.

Step 8:

Mix well and season with salt.

Step 9:

Serve hot with steamed rice.

Did you know?

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How many users have tracked it?

We've got some serious foodies in our community! 12793 users have chowed down on Varan a whopping 51834 times.

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Where was it consumed the most?

Hungry much? These cities certainly are! Pune, Mumbai, Indore, Bengaluru, Hyderabad are the top 5 cities gobbling up Varan like there's no tomorrow.

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When was it eaten the most?

When it comes to Varan, our users are head over heels in august, but the interest cools down in january.

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Who preferred this food the most?

It's official: Varan is the food of choice for 24-27 male, with people of >40 BMI also on board.

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