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 Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 137kcal
Author Kanan


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


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

Pressure cooking the dal:

  • 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.
  • Let the pressure go down by itself. Then open the cover.

Making paste:

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

Making goan varan bhaat:

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


Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 8.5g | Protein: 2.8g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7.7g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 590mg | Potassium: 76mg | Fiber: 2.9g | Sugar: 1.9g
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 serving
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