varan bhaat recipe for ganesh chaturthi, goan varan bhaat with coconut

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varan bhaat recipe, goan style varan bhaat recipe

varan bhaat is a lentil preparation made with tuvar dal (arhar dal), coconut, some spices and herbs. this goan style varan bhaat is best served with steamed rice.

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varan bhaat is an important dish that is made during the ganesh chaturthi festival in the regions of goa and konkan.

varan bhaat recipe for ganesh chaturthi, varan baat with coconut.

in english, varan bhaat would read as lentil-rice where varan stands for lentil curry or stew and bhaat means steamed rice. this varan is different from the maharashtrian varan and has fresh coconut added to it with minimal spices.

i make this varan bhaat with coconut often. i had made the varan bhaat some weeks ago and hence the pics do not have a festive feel to them. the post was lying in the drafts and i thought it is a good occasion to write this post.

the dal is served in the naivedyam or bhog we offer to lord ganesha along with the other veggies dishes & sweets. this is satvik dal with no onion and garlic added to it. 

on other occasions, you can have the dal with some steamed rice. goes well with some ghee on top. this is one delicious varan and you must try it.

varan bhaat recipe

wishing all my readers who celebrate a happy ganesh chaturthi. if you are looking for more ganesha chaturthi recipes then do check ukadiche modak,  fried modakpuran poli and easy rava modak.

varan bhaat recipe details below:

varan bhaat recipe, goan style varan bhaat recipe
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varan bhaat recipe

varan bhaat is a lentil preparation made with tuvar dal (arhar dal), coconut, some spices and herbs. this goan style varan bhaat is best served with steamed rice.
course main course
cuisine indian
prep time 10 minutes
cook time 15 minutes
total time 25 minutes
servings 3 to 4
author dassana

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • ½ cup moong dal (split and skinned mung lentil)
  • ½ cup arhar dal (spilt and skinned pigeon pea lentils)
  • 2 to 2.5 cups water for pressure cooking
  • add 1 or 1.5 cup more water later (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 5 to 6 curry leaves (kadi patta) - optional
  • 1 teaspoon crushed cumin or cumin powder (jeera powder)
  • a pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 cup fresh grated coconut - ground with little water
  • salt as required

how to make varan bhaat recipe

  1. pick, rinse the lentils couple of times in water.
  2. pressure cook the lentils till they are soft.
  3. mash them with a spoon or ladle. keep aside.
  4. grind the coconut with little water to a smooth paste.
  5. add coconut paste to the cooked lentils and mix well.
  6. then add cumin powder, turmeric powder & curry leaves and salt.
  7. mix again.
  8. add water to thin the dal if required.
  9. keep the dal on the stove and let it simmer for 10-12 minutes.
  10. serve varan bhaat with steamed rice and some ghee.

recipe notes

  • instead of combination of moong or arhar dal, you can also add 1 cup of arhar or moong dal instead.
  • you can also grind the coconut with cumin seeds and then add to the dal.

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25 comments/reviews

  1. Can you use channa dhal in place of moong dhal?

    • you can use chana dal. but for cooking chana dal, you will need to add some more water. to reduce the cooking time, soak the chana dal for 30 to 45 minutes in water and then cook.

  2. Hello,

    Just wanted to point out that Varan Bhath is typically Maharashtrian. It also consists only of toor dal, hing, turmeric & salt – nothing else!

    The recipe above looks more like delicious Konkani Dali thoi! In Konkani, rice is known as “sheath”. My mother is a typical Goan Konkani & my father is a pakka Maharshtrian. So the name of this recipe should be Dali thoi ani sheath (or just dali thoi). It is really not varan bhath 🙂

    Also, both dali thoy & varan are made only with toor dal! Dali thoi also has a tadka/phodni using coconut oil with mustard seeds, jeera, hing, curry leaves & green chilies.

    Hope this helps. You are doing good though, nice to see young people keeping up with the cooking!

    • thanks for the elaborate comment asavari. i am also a half goan and half south indian. we also call rice as “sheeth”
      what you say about the typical maharashtrian varan is right. actually my neighbors from konkan would make this dal for ganesh chaturthi and would call it varan bhaat. they would not call it dali thoi. i also know about dali thoi. i myself make dali thoi and varan many times. there is a similarity between both these dishes. yet some where i read, that the goan hindus do make this dal. not sure where i had read this.

  3. I meant recipes, I have tried some and they really came out well for my expectation.

  4. Hey your recipe timing and presentation both are just awesome.Its really amazing to have them as they easy to understand and follow and try. Thank you

    • thanks mansi. nice to know that you tried some of the blog’s recipes and they have turned out well.

  5. Hi Dassana. In South Africa we miss a lot of indian veg, but I will try this one out

    • do make the varan bhaat shyama. it is delicious.

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