Varan Phal


Tur Dal - 1 cup

Water - 2 1/2 cups

Salt - 1 teaspoon

Red Chilli Powder - 1 teaspoon

Goda masala/MTR Sambar Masala - 2 teaspoons(Can use any brand)

Tomatoes - 3

Coriander Leaves - 2 tablespoons

Jaggery - 2 teaspoons(Optional)

Tamarind Juice - 1/2 cup(thick)


Wheat Flour - 1 cup

Water - 1/4 cup(adjust)

Salt - 1/2 teaspoon

Suger - 1 teaspoon

Oil - 1teaspoon


Oil - 2 teaspoons

Mustard Seeds - 1 teaspoon

Split Black Gram Dal - 1/2 teaspoon

Jeera - 1 teaspoon

Curry Leaves - 4

Hing - 1/4 teaspoon


    Mix wheat flour, salt, suger, oil, enough water to knead a soft dough like chapathi, keep it closed for 10 minutes.

  • Boil tur dal in a pressure pan with 2 cups of water and keep a side.

  • Heat oil in a cooking vessel, add mustard seeds, let it splutters, then add split black gram dal, jeera, hing, curry leaves, saute till dal turns red.

  • Add chopped tomato, turmeric powder, saute till tomato turns soft, then add tamarind juice, salt, red chilli powder, sambar masala, jaggery, saute for 5 minutes.

  • Add cooked tur dal, water if required, saute for 10 minutes in a low flame, mean while divide the dough into 4 Lemon sized balls, roll the balls into circular sized like chapathis (slightly thicker than chapathis). Observe that chapathi should not be too thicker nor too thinner it should be medium.

  • Cut that chapathi into diamond shape using knife(any shape), add this diamond shaped pieces to dal and close it with a lid. Saute till diamond shaped dough cooks evenly in a low flame(if you check with laddle it should be cut softly). It will take app. 10 minutes.

  • Remove from heat, garnish with coriander leaves.Serve hot.


  1. sorry but you made it like sambar sadam. this is not how we prepare it in maharashtra. infact you cant even call it varan phal with you recipe.. it might taste good your way too but if you want to prepare marathi dish then we dont add tomato in it, no tadka with all the dals and no sambar masala for sure. we use goda masala instead (in maharashtra even for making sambar we dont use sambar masala :-D) goda masala is not as spicy as sambar masala and it is completely different. try the recipe from chakali.blogspot (chakolya recipe)

  2. Thnq mukta for feed back, learnt this recipe from my maharastrians who settled in hyderabad..will try ur vesrion


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