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.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Anuya


  • 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


  • Heat Oil in frying pan/ Cooker. Add Asafoetida and Mustard Seeds. After the Mustard Seeds crackle, add the slit green chilly.
  • Add chopped Tomatoes and stir. Let the tomatoes cook until soft.
  • Add the dal and mix well.
  • 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.
    Tamatyacha Varan

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