Varan is a simple Dhal reciepe with some seasoning.In India dhal is used in all states as a side dish for rice or with roti.In maharastra,without Varan and Thoop(ghee), bhath(white plain rice) is not served at any meals.For simple meal a varan bhath and bhaaji(curry)can be served.I made a varan with simla mirchi.I share this for Nupur's RCI.


  • Toor dhal - 1 cup
  • Mustardseeds
  • Greenchilies - 3
  • Curry leaves - 1 stick
  • Corriander leaves
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Simla mirch(capsicum)- 1
  • Tomato-1
  • Turmeric powder 1/4
  • Salt for taste
  • Oil -2 tblsp

Cook the toor dhal and keep aside.

Cut the simla mirchi and tomatoes.

Heat oil in a kadai add mustard to splutter.

Then add cuminseeds,greenchillies,curry leaves,simlamirch and tomatoes one by one.

Saute for 2 minutes ,add the Smashed dhal to the mirchi mixture.

Stir it,add water if needed.

Simmer the stove for 5 mins and salt.

Finally garnish with corriander leaves.


You can even add Lasoon(garlic pods)it will give a nice aroma and different taste.

Have Varan bhath with Chutney pood or any Bhaaji or with Kothimbir vadi as accompaniments.