Maharashtrian Lentil Stew Recipe Video

Varan, bhat ni limbu such a great comfort food! Enjoy this very very simple yet very flavourful and healthy Maharashtrian Varan with plain boiled rice or as a side dish with roti.


Preparation Time10 MinCooking Time15 Min
Ready In25 MinDifficulty LevelEasy
Health IndexAverageServings4


 Boiled toor dal2 Cup (32 tbs)
 Onion1 Medium, chopped
 Tomato1⁄2 Medium, chopped
 Garlic2 Teaspoon
 Oil3 Teaspoon
 Mustard seeds1 Teaspoon
 Cumin seeds1 Teaspoon
 Asafoetida1 Pinch
 Curry leaves6 Medium
 Turmeric powder1⁄4 Teaspoon
 Green chilies3 Medium, chopped
 Coriander leaves2 Tablespoon (For Garnishing)

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 176 Calories from Fat 63

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 7 g11%

Saturated Fat 0.83 g4.1%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 342.6 mg14.3%

Total Carbohydrates 22 g7.4%

Dietary Fiber 4.5 g18.1%

Sugars 6.2 g

Protein 7 g14.1%

Vitamin A 20.2% Vitamin C 76.1%

Calcium 6% Iron 17.4%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


Wash and boil toor dal until 3 to 4 whistles.
Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, hing, curry leaves, garlic and saute till garlic gets nice golden color.
Add onion and wait till it becomes translucent.
Add chopped green chillies and tomatoes, mix, cover and cook for 2 mts.
Add boiled dal, mix and just bring it to boil.

Editors Review

Toor dal is a commonly used lentil across India including in Maharashtra. Here is a recipe by Madhura to make Varan or toor dal stew with a few vegetables, spices and tempering. Good to have with plain boiled rice!