Methiche Varan

Methiche Varan is a traditional Maharashtrian lentil curry flavoured with fenugreek leaves.

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A simple dal that you can prepare quickly and serve hot with steamed rice or rotis. Chopped methi leaves are cooked along with toovar dal. A tempering of garlic, jaggery, mustard seeds and asafetida subtly enhance the flavor of the methi leaves in dal. Soothing!

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Serves 4.
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1 cup finely chopped fenugreek (methi) leaves
1 cup toovar (arhar) dal
1 tsp jaggery (gur), optional
1/2 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1/2 tsp chilli powder
salt to taste

For the tempering
1/4 tsp asafoetida (hing)
4 to 5 cloves garlic (lehsun), crushed (optional)
2 tbsp ghee / oil

  1. Clean, wash and soak the dal in water for about 30 minutes. Drain.
  2. Pressure cook the dal with turmeric powder, salt and 3 cups of water till the dal is done.
  3. Whisk well, add ½ cup of water, jaggery and chilli powder and bring to a boil.
  4. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a small pan and add the asafoetida and garlic.
  5. Sauté till the garlic turns golden brown.
  6. Add the fenugreek leaves and sauté for 2 minutes.
  7. Pour this tempering over the cooked dal and mix well.
  8. Serve hot.
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 on 22 Mar 12 11:39 AM

wow...amazing taste...a new version of toover daal for's yummy...tasty...with a tinch of bitter and sweet taste...i added little bit of garam masala and lemon juice and it gave me good taste.