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close up of a pot of yellow dal, and a ladle taking some dal from the pot, with a bowl of beans stir fry and red chutney in the background.

Yellow Dal Recipe (Goda Varan)

An easy / basic yellow dal recipe, known as goda varan in the konkani cuisine, for the days when you just want a simple, yet comforting dal.
Course Beginner Recipes, Indian Curries, Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Konkani
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 695kcal


  • ¼ cup toor dal (split yellow pigeon peas)
  • ¼ cup yellow moong dal (split and skinned green gram)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 3 tablespoon ghee


  • Take ¼ cup of toor dal and ¼ cup of yellow moong dal, and properly wash and rinse it, and strain away the excess water.
  • Pressure cook it with 3 times the water. I usually use my Instant Pot to boil dal, in which for a total ½ cup of dal, I use  cup water, and pressure cook on high for 12 minutes, and then let all the pressure release naturally from the pot.
  • Then in a pot, add the boiled dal, and ½ cup water to thin out the dal a bit.
  • Now to the dal, add about 1 teaspoon of salt,  teaspoon of turmeric powder, and 3 tablespoon of ghee, and mix it in.
  • Cook on medium flame for 5-10 minutes, till there is a proper boil.
  • Simple, easy and basic yellow dal (goda varan) is ready to serve.


  1. You can use any yellow dal for this goda varan recipe. At first I used to use only toor dal, but these days I use toor and yellow moong dal in 50:50 ratio, to keep it lighter on the stomach.
  2. This is a ghee-heavy dal, but it's meant to be that way..a comforting indulgence, once in a while. :)

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: 695kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 28g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 115mg | Sodium: 2371mg | Potassium: 7mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 3mg