Tasty plain dal/ Varan / Tovve

In Maharashtra this Plain dal goes by the name 'Goad Varan' and in Karnataka this dal is called 'Tovve'. It is eaten with soft steamed rice with a spoon of ghee. This is a most preferred meal to eat when you are just recovering after an illness. Just make a bowl of this dal for any of your friends when they have recovered from any illness, they will be glad to eat it.

I know it sounds boring but do think about this. This is too good.

*It is SIMPLE just add water and boil
*It is HOMEMADE with all known ingredients which you may be already using in your
daily cooking.Sodium level is also under control.
*It is FLEXIBLE you can have it plain or throw in a green chilli, ginger (dried in microwave) or crushed black pepper corns if you find it bland.
*It is FAT FREE and PRESERVATIVE FREE so unlike ready made mix you can eat it when you are just recovering from a flu.
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Appliance required: Rice cooker or microwave or stove
Cooking time:          10-15 mins

All you need is
  • 2 tbsp
  • 2 1/4 cup water
  • salt if required
  • 1/4 tsp sugar or jaggery
  • 1/2 tsp ghee (optional)
  • lime juice (optional)
  • 1 greenchilli (optional) or 1/4  tsp crushed black pepper

    1. Take  in a bowl.

2. Add 1/4 cup water and stir to make a paste.

You can do this in the same vessel in which you are cooking the dal.

3. Now add 2 cups of water to this and   
     simmer for 10 mins.

4. Keep stirring in between.
    Adjust salt.
    You might need 1/2 tsp salt.
    Add the sugar/ jaggery and boil it 5 mins.

Time saving tip

If you are not eating it immediately you will find that the dal has thickened, when it has cooled. All you need to do is add some hot water and boil it.

If you don't want it mild  .. add one green chilli roughly crushed into this dal while it is boiling. OR You can dry 2 green chillies in microwave on high and mix into .

To eat with what ?

This varan (simple dal) tastes best on hot white steamed rice with little ghee (1/2 tsp) on the top. Rice should be cooked till soft i.e., 
When cooking rice add 2 1/2 parts -3 parts water to 1 cup rice.

You can eat this with little lime juice if you like tart flavor.

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