small pot of konkani daali varan, with a bowl of rice, and small bowl of crunchy vodi

Daali Varan Recipe | Quick and Easy Konkani Style Dal

  • Author: Shantala Shenoy Nayak
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Konkani


Daali Varan Recipe – A Quick and Easy Konkani Style Dal Recipe that is full of flavor and gets ready within minutes. Perfect for busy weekdays.


  • Tur Dal (Yellow Split Pigeon Peas) – 1/2 cup
  • Salt – 1.25 teaspoon
  • Haldi Powder – 1/4 teaspoon
  • Ground Black Pepper – 3/4 teaspoon
  • Jeera (Cumin) Seeds – 3/4 teaspoon
  • Hing (Asafoetida) Powder – 1/8 teaspoon
  • Ghee – 1 tablespoon
  • Water


  1. Pressure cook 1/2 cup (raw) tur dal with 1.25 cup water for 3 – 4 whistles, depending on how chunky you like your dal. I personally do not like the soft dal chunks in my boiled dal, so I go with 4 whistles, but if you prefer a chunkier dal, go with 3 whistles. 
  2. Then transfer the boiled dal in a cooking pot, add 1.25 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp haldi powder, 3/4 tsp black pepper powder, mix well, and bring it to a boil. This should take 5 – 10 mins on medium flame.
  3. Meanwhile, in a tadka pan/small pan, heat up 1 tbsp ghee, and add in 3/4 tsp cumin seeds. Once the cumin seeds start crackling, add in 1/8 tsp hing, mix well, and then pour the tadka in the cooked dal.
  4. Serve hot with steamed rice. Even better if paired with papad and pickle.


  • People have different preferences when it comes to the consistency of dal. Some prefer a very thin consistency, others like a more thick and chunky consistency. This recipe shares the measurements for a relatively thinner consistency of dal, but you can always adjust water according to your preference.
  • Though keep in mind that dal will naturally soak up the water and thicken up a little.
  • Adjust salt and pepper to suit your tastebuds.
  • You can also use oil instead of ghee. Ghee is just a personal preference, because it tastes better (to us).