Tamatyacha Varan (Tomato Dal)

When it comes to deciding upon what to eat with rice, everyone in my house votes for ‘Tamatyacha Varan. We just love it.

Varan-bhat or Varan-Poli is one of the staple dishes in Maharashtra. There are various versions of Varan or Dal that are made in each house. Last week I had shared the recipe of ‘Aamti‘ where i used Kokum to add a tangy taste to the Dal. You can find the recipe here – https://www.flavorsfromindia.com/recipe/aamti-kokum-dal/

Today I am sharing with you the recipe of our favorite Tamatyacha Varan – A spicy, sweet and tangy version of the varan or Dal.

Tamatyacha Varan (Tomato Dal)

A spicy, sweet and tangy varan or Dal.

  • 1 Cup Tur Dal
  • 1 Chopped Tomato
  • 1 Green Chilly (I have slit the green chilly. You can chop it if you like it that way.)
  • 2 Tbsp Oil
  • 1 Pinch Asafoetida
  • 1 Tsp Mustard Seeds (Rai/Sarson)
  • 1 Tsp Turmeric/ Haldi Powder
  • 2 Tsp Red Chilly/ Lal Mirch Powder
  • 1 Tsp Coriander/Dhaniya Powder
  • 1 Tsp Garam Masala/Kala Masala
  • 2 Tbsp Jaggery
  • 2 Cups Warm Water (To cook the dal)
  • Salt as per taste
  1. Heat Oil in frying pan/ Cooker. Add Asafoetida and Mustard Seeds. After the Mustard Seeds crackle, add the slit green chilly.
  2. Add chopped Tomatoes and stir. Let the tomatoes cook until soft.
  3. Add the dal and mix well.
  4. Add warm water, jaggery, salt and Garam/Kala Masala and mix well. Cover and cook for 3-4 whistles. After the pressure is released, add coriander and serve hot.