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Varan Bhaat Recipe

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Varan Bhaat Recipe, a simple Marathi style dish made using toor dal and rice with lemon squeezed on top of it. Loved by kids and grownups too.
Servings 1 person
Author Mukta Tikekar


  • 1 bowl cooked rice
  • 5-6 tbsp tuvar dal
  • 1/4th tsp hing (asafoetida)
  • 1/4th tsp haldi (turmeric powder)
  • 1 piece of lemon
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp homemade ghee (clarified butter)


  • Wash tuvar dal thoroughly and then add haldi, hing, and salt.
  • Add 1/4th cup of water.
  • Cook in a pressure cooker on medium flame for about 20-25 minutes (8-9 whistles). You can cook the rice in the same cooker. To make the rice fluffy, cook it with almost double the water than you would use when cooking for adults.
  • After the dal is cooked, check its consistency. It shouldn’t be too watery or too thick.
  • Serve rice and dal in a dish.
  • Cut a lemon in 4 pieces and squeeze 1 piece on the dal-rice. You don’t want to squeeze the last drop out of it. :-) Squeeze just enough to add tangy taste to the dish.
  • Add homemade ghee and mix the daal-rice well with a spoon. Don’t mash the rice; if it is fluffy your baby can swallow it properly.