Varan Bhaat is a simple and quick Maharashtrian style dal and rice recipe. It belongs to Marathi and Goan cuisine. Its other ingredients are turmeric powder, cumin seeds, asafoetida, jaggery and salt.

  • PREP TIME: 5 mins
  • COOK TIME: 30 mins
  • TOTAL TIME: 35 mins

INGREDIENTS of Varan Bhaat 


  • 1 cup toor dal tuvar dal, arhar dal, split pigeon dal
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups water

For tempering 

  • 2 tablespoon ghee
  • 1 teaspoon zeera
  • pinch hing

For Rice

  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ghee

How To Make Varan Bhaat 

  • Rinse the dal rinse with sufficient water 3-4 times.
  • Transfer the rinsed dal to the main pot with 3 cups of water, salt, and turmeric.
  • Rinse the rice 3-4 times until the water runs clear.fits inside the main pot. Add salt, oil/ghee, and water to it.
  • Add a tall trivet inside the main pot which has dal. Place the stainless steel container with rice on it. Cover with stainless steel plate.
  • Pressure cook on manual mode on high for 10 mins followed by a natural release.
  • While the dal is pressure cooking make the tadka.
  • Heat the tadka pot, add ghee to it. Once the ghee is hot add the cumin seeds and hing to it.
  • Once the Instant pot pin drops, open the lid, using mits remove the rice container and trivet.
  • Start Instant Pot on saute mode. Mash the dal with the back of the spoon until it’s nice, smooth, and creamy.
  • Add the tadka to the cooked and mashed dal and mix well and adjust the consistency if needed.
  • Varan Bhat is ready!! Serve hot topped with more ghee squeeze of lemon juice.


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