Goan Varan bhaat recipe (Varan recipe with coconut)

Goan varan bhaat recipe – a simple dal recipe made from arhar dal and flavored with fresh coconut. This is no onion no garlic recipes. So it is very simple, healthy and satvik food.

Goan Varan Recipe with coconut-Varan Bhaat

There are no spice powders are added except the turmeric powder. Hence it has mild flavors. All the flavors are coming from coconut and curry leaves.

Addition of ghee aka clarified butter also plays a major role to make it flavorful. I would not recommend substituting the ghee with oil. You can use oil if you are vegan. Many likes to drizzle little bit of ghee on top at the time of serving.

There is another version of making varan bhaat (Maharashtrian style). There is no coconut added in that. But this recipe has subtle flavor of coconut. If you translate it in English then Varan=lentil stew and bhaat=cooked rice.

It is part of Naivedya or bhog (food offered to god as part of worship) on Ganesh Chaturthi. Other dishes include poori bhaji, modak, sheera, rice poori, rishi panchami bhaji, boondi ladoo.

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor mentioned in one of his articles that Goan wedding meal never completes without Varan bhaat.

Check out other dal recipes
Gujarati dal  //  Punjabi arhar dal  //  Andhra pappu  //  Home style dal fry


How to make Varan bhaat recipe (Step by Step Photos):


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1) You can check out this step by step recipe to cook the rice. Or you can follow your own method.

2) Wash the toor dal under running cold water till water runs clear. Add washed dal to the pressure cooker along with 1 ½ cups of water. Close the lid and turn the heat on medium. And let it whistle 7-8 times on medium heat.
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3) While dal is cooking make the paste from coconut and turmeric powder.
Goan Varan Recipe with coconut-Varan Bhaat

4) Let the pressure go down by itself. Then open the cover.
Goan Varan Recipe with coconut-Varan Bhaat

5) Add another 1 cup of water to cooked dal. Make smooth puree like consistency by using immersion blender or grinder.
Goan Varan Recipe with coconut-Varan Bhaat

6) Now heat the ghee in small pan. Once hot add mustard seeds and let them pop. Then add cumin seeds, let them sizzle.
Goan Varan Recipe with coconut-Varan Bhaat

7) Then add slit green chilies and curry leaves. Sauté for 30 seconds.
Goan Varan Recipe with coconut-Varan Bhaat

8) Add coconut paste and salt. And sauté for 2-3 minutes.
Goan Varan Recipe with coconut-Varan Bhaat

9) Add this tempering to the dal.
Goan Varan Recipe with coconut-Varan Bhaat

10) Mix well and let it simmer for 5-7 minutes. Add more water if needed to adjust the consistency.
Goan Varan Recipe with coconut-Varan Bhaat

11) varan is ready to serve.
Goan Varan Recipe with coconut-Varan Bhaat

Serving suggestion: as the name says, serve the warm varan with cooked rice aka bhaat. Drizzle some ghee on top if you like. It adds extra flavors to the dish. During the ganesh chaturthi festival, it is offered to the lord ganesh as a prasam (bhog or naivedya).

Goan Varan Recipe with coconut-Varan Bhaat

Goan Varan Recipe with coconut-Varan Bhaat
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Goan varan bhaat recipe (Varan recipe with coconut)

US measuring cups are used (1 cup = 240 ml)
Course Main Course
Cuisine Goan, Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Yield 2 servings
Author Kanan

Ingredients (1 cup = 240 ml)

For pressure cooking:

  • ½ cup Arhar dal (toor dal or split pigeon peas)
  • 1 ½ + 1 cups Water

For paste:

  • cup Coconut fresh or frozen
  • ¼ teaspoon Turmeric powder

Tempering for varan bhaat recipe:

  • 1 tablespoon Ghee (Clarified butter)
  • ¼ teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 2 small Green chilies slit
  • 5-6 Curry leaves
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook the rice as per your method. and while rice is cooking make the varan

Pressure cooking the dal:

  1. Wash the toor dal under running cold water till water runs clear.
  2. Add washed dal to the pressure cooker along with 1 ½ cups of water.
  3. Close the lid and turn the heat on medium. And let it whistle 7-8 times on medium heat.
  4. Let the pressure go down by itself. Then open the cover.

Making paste:

  1. take coconut and turmeric powder in a grinder jar. Add little water.
  2. Make smooth paste. Keep it aside.

Making goan varan bhaat:

  1. Add another 1 cup of water to cooked dal.
  2. Make smooth puree like consistency by using immersion blender or grinder.
  3. Now heat the ghee in small pan. Once hot add mustard seeds and let them pop.
  4. Then add cumin seeds, let them sizzle.
  5. Then add slit green chilies and curry leaves. Sauté for 30 seconds.
  6. Add coconut paste and salt. And sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Add this tempering to the dal.
  8. Mix well and let it simmer for 5-7 minutes. Add more water if needed to adjust the consistency.
  9. varan is ready to serve.
  10. Serve the varan with plain cooked rice.
  11. Drizzle some ghee on top if you like.

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