Goan Varan Bhaat with Coconut
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.
(split and skinned mung lentil)
(spilt and skinned pigeon pea lentils)
2 to 2.5
for pressure cooking
add 1 or 1.5 cup more water later
5 to 6
or cumin powder
a pinch of asafoetida
fresh grated coconut
- ground with little water
salt as required
Pick, rinse the lentils couple of times in water.
Pressure cook the lentils till they are soft.
Mash them with a spoon or ladle. Keep aside.
Grind the coconut with little water to a smooth paste.
Add coconut paste to the cooked lentils and mix well.
Then add cumin powder, turmeric powder & curry leaves and salt. mix again.
Add water to thin the dal if required.
Keep the dal on the stove and let it simmer for 10-12 minutes.
Serve Varan Bhaat with steamed rice and some ghee.
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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