Methiche Varan ( Weight Loss After Pregnancy )


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Methiche varan, indulge in this low-cal but authentic maharashtrian dal loaded with methi leaves –rich in fibre, folic acid, vitamin a and iron. I have replaced sugar with jaggery which enhances the taste and the iron content.

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Soaking Time:  20 Minutes
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Makes 4 servings
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1 cup toovar (arhar) dal , soaked for 20 minutes and drained
1/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
salt to taste
2 tsp grated jaggery (gur) , optional
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp ghee
1/4 tsp asafoetida (hing)
4 to 5 cloves (laung / lavang) , crushed (optional)
1 cup finely chopped fenugreek (methi) leaves

  1. Combine the dal, turmeric powder, salt and 3 cups of hot water and pressure-cook for 3 to 4 whistles or till the dal is done.
  2. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid.
  3. Whisk well, add ½ cup of water, jaggery and chilli powder, mix well and bring to boil.
  4. For the tempering, heat the ghee in a small non-stick pan and add the asafoetida and garlic and sauté on a medium flame till the garlic turns light brown in colour.
  5. Add the fenugreek leaves and sauté on a medium flame for another 2 minutes.
  6. Pour this tempering over the boiling dal and mix well. Serve hot.
Nutrient values per serving
EnergyProteinCarbohydratesFatFibreIronFolic Acid
164 calories 9.5 gm 26.9 gm 2.0 gm 0.7 gm 1.3 mg 42.2 mcg

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