October 14, 2015

Goan Varan Bhaat

Goan Varan Bhaat is a traditional and famous dish which is prepared during Ganesh chathurthi and also called as Satvik dal. Maharastrian cuisine also has Varan bhaat but the major difference is the addition of coconut. Goan Varan contains ground coconut paste, where Maharastrian varan doesn't include coconut. Varan is nothing but a lentil curry and Bhaat is rice. So, this lentil curry is served with hot rice. Instead of preparing plain dal for kids, this is an excellent option as it flavorful and tasty. This is also a perfect dish during fasting days as it doesn't have Garlic and Onion. Simple and delicious curry goes perfect with spicy side dish like Potato fry, Yam fry etc..

Ingredients :

1/2 Cup Toor Dal 
2 Green chillies
1/4 Cup Grated Coconut 
1 Tsp Cumin / Jeera
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
Salt to taste

For Thalimpu :

1 Tbsp Ghee
A pinch of Hing 
1 Tsp Jeera / Cumin seeds 

Method :

Pressure cook Toor dal along with Green chillies and Turmeric powder by adding 1 1/2 Cup of Water for 4-5 Whistles.

Once the dal gets cooked, mash it with masher and keep aside.

Meanwhile, Grind Coconut and Jeera into fine paste by adding water.

Add one cup of water to the ground paste and prepare thin gravy consistency. Keep aside.

Heat ghee in a pan and add Hing followed by Cumin seeds / Jeera.

Add the ground coconut gravy and mashed dal together along with a required amount of salt.

Simmer the flame and cook for 10 - 15 minutes.

Remove from the flame and serve hot.

Serving Options :

Serve with hot rice.