Saturday, 25 January 2014

Masoor dal recipe |masuri cha dalicha varan marathi style |masoor dal amti

Since childhood I am used to eating a variety of dals which my mom used to make most of which were maharashtrian style .hence i get bored of eating same type of varan.varan is the marathi word for dal

We maharashtrians are used to making different variety of dals like goda varan ,ambat varan ,kairi cha varan , vatleli dal ,maharashtrian amti, moong dal varan, jeera phodnicha varan .

We use toor dal ,yellow split moong dal or orange masoor dal to make these varans

nOw todays post is  about one such varan which is my moms recipe made from pink lentils or orange masoor dal .i just love to drink this as soup garnished with lots of coriander

I was wondering what to make that was when I thought of making this masoorichya dalicha varan which means split lentils dal which is my moms recipe.. I like this a lot and it is easy to cook.  


1 cup Orange masoor dal

1 onion, chopped

big pinch turmeric pwd

big pinch asafeotida (hing)

2-3 green chillis, slit lengthwise

1 -2 tsp red chilli powder

1/4 cup fresh coconut

salt to taste

jaggery 1 tbsp

tamarind pulp - 2 tsp

1 1/2 -2 cups water

coriander leaves (kothmir)

For seasoning (tadka)

1/2 tsp mustard seeds (rai)
1/2 tsp cumin seeds(jeera)
1 tsp hing (asafoetida)
3-4 garlic cloves, crushed
10-12 fresh curry leaves (optional)
2-3 tsps oil


1 In a pressure cooker, place washed masoor dal, onions, green chilli,hing and turmeric powder. Add 1 1/2 to 2 cups of water and pressure cook upto 2 whistles.

2. Next pour cooked dal in a vessel and mash it with a masher.

3. Add  salt,red chilli powder, tamarind pulp ,jaggery & fresh coconut and water if required & simmer  on slow to medium flame for 5 mts with lid or till you get the consistency of your choice.

4.For tadka /seasoning. heat oil in a heavy bottomed vessel, add mustard seeds and as they splutter, add cumin seeds, garlic,  hing and curry leaves and stir fry for few seconds.

5 Pour tadka on top of dal & close it immediately with lid  .at time of serving garnish with coriander leaves (kothmir)

6. Serve with white basmati rice  ,batatycha kachyra ,spicy mango pickle & papad.

Tips :

1.Adding jeera ,rai in tadka is optional but be sure to add lots of smashed garlic and lots of hing can make same dal using toor dal (pigeoon peas) /arhar dal.
3.Adjust the number of  green chilli, red chilli powder ,& jaggery  as per sourness of tamrind pulp

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