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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

a quick and easy konkani style dal recipe that is full of flavor and gets ready within minutes - perfect for busy weekdays
Course Main Course
Cuisine Konkani
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 65kcal


  • 1/2 cup toor dal / yellow split pigeon peas
  • 1.25 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon haldi / turmeric powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper powder

For tadka / tempering

  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 3/4 teaspoon jeera / cumin seeds
  • 1/8 teaspoon hing / asafoetida powder
  • water as required


  • Pressure cook the dal with a little over double the quantity of 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. 
  • Then transfer the boiled dal in a cook pot, and add salt, haldi powder, and black pepper powder. Mix well, and bring it to a boil. This should take 5 - 10 mins on medium flame.
  • Meanwhile, in a tadka pan/small pan, heat up a little ghee, and add in the cumin seeds. Once the cumin seeds start crackling, add in hing, mix well, and let it fry for about 30 seconds. Then pour the tadka in the cooked dal.
  • Serve hot with steamed rice. Even better if paired with papad and pickle.


  1. 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.
  2. Though keep in mind that dal will naturally soak up the water and thicken up a little.
  3. Adjust salt and pepper to suit your taste buds.
  4. You can also use oil instead of ghee. Ghee is just a personal preference, because it tastes better (to us).

Please note: The nutrition values are best estimates provided as a courtesy. The exact values can vary depending on the exact ingredients or brands used. If you rely on them for your specific diet and/or health issues, please consult a registered dietician or nutritionist.


Calories: 65kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 495mg | Potassium: 7mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg