Ganesh Chaturthi: Varan Bhaat recipe

○  Ingredients:

•  1 cup arhar or tuvar dal/pigeon pea lentils
•  2.5 cups water for pressure cooking the lentils
•  2 medium tomatoes, chopped
•  ¼ tsp turmeric powder
•  salt as required

For tempering:

•  ½ tsp mustard seeds
•  ½ cumin seeds
•  a pinch of asafeotida (optional)
•  2 tbsp coconut grated
•  1 green chili, slit
•  10-12 curry leaves
•  1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves for garnish
•  1.5 tbsp ghee

For the bhaat or steamed rice:

•  1.5 cups rice
•  2.5 to 3 cups water for pressure cooking
•  Salt as required (optional)

Method for the varan:

•  Rinse the lentils well in water.
•  Pressure cook the lentils with tomatoes and turmeric powder for 7-8 whistles on medium to high flame.
•  When the pressures settle down on its own, open the lid and mash the dal with a wired whisk or wooden spoon.
•  Add 1 cup water plus salt.
•  Keep simmering on low flame till you get the desired consistency, which is neither thick nor thin and keeping it aside.
•  Heat ghee in a pan.
•  Pop the mustard seeds first.
•  Then add the cumin and crackle them.
•  Add the asafoetida, curry leaves and green chilies.
•  Fry till the curry leaves become crisp.
•  Pour the whole tempering in the dal.
•  Cover and let the tempering flavors infuse with the dal for about 5-6 minutes.
•  Garnish varan bhaat with coriander leaves and grated coconut.
•  Serve varan bhaat hot with steamed rice.

Method for the bhaat or steamed rice:

•  Wash and Soak the rice for 20-30 mins.
•  Drain and then pressure cook the rice with 2.5 to 3 cups water for 2-3 whistles.

Serve the bhaat or steamed rice with the varan.

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Posted On: 06-09-2016


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