Varan Phala- (Wheat flour dumplings cooked in yellow lentil curry)

August 12, 2006 at 10:26 pm 14 comments

                Varan Phala (Chakolya is another Marathi name) the mere mention of this name is enough to sensitize my taste buds. A one pot wholesome meal, this recipe is commonly made in many households. Wheat flour dumplings are cooked in dal which in turn is flavoured with masalas making it sweet,sour and spicy!

So here’s Varan Phala ,from Maharashtra-The land of the great Maratha Warriors, for Indira’s wonderful Food Parade on Independence Day


Serves 4


For the Dal(Lentil curry)

1 cup Toor dal (Arhar dal,Yellow lentils)

2’ piece dried coconut and 2 tsp cumene seeds coarsely ground together

8-10 pieces dry Kokum

1 tbsp crushed jaggery

1tsp Maharashtrian kala Masala

1 tsp dry red chilly powder

1 tsp mustard seeds

½ tsp turmeric powder

2 tsp oil

Salt as per taste

For the Wheat flour Dumplings

1 cup Whole wheat flour (Atta)

½ tsp turmeric powder

½ tsp dry red chilly powder

½ tsp salt


For the Dal(curry): Pressure cook the Toor dal with 2 ½ cups water , ½ tsp turmeric powder and few drops oil. Turmeric and oil drops help the dal cook faster.

In a pan heat 2 tsp oil.Add the mustard seeds.Once they crackle add the coconut – cumene mixture.Add the cooked dal .Add the chilli powder, kala Masala , jaggery ,Kokum and salt.Let it boil for some time

For the Wheat flour dumplings:Mix all ingredients for the wheat flour dumplings and knead it into a soft pliable dough.

Divide the dough into two balls. Roll out each ball on a flat surface into a thin big circle. Use dry wheat flour for dusting if required.

Cut the rolled circle into small squares with a knife.


Drop the squares  in the boiling dal one by one.Boil for 12-15 minutes after all the squares have been dropped.

 Serve hot.

Varan Phala tastes best when eaten hot.You can add a tsp of ghee to enhance the flavour.With a spoon or hand take a square along with some curry and eat..hmmm..yummy…

Veggies like beans or carrots can be added to the dal for variation.

Thanks Indira for such an innovative and wonderful idea.



Entry filed under: bean, cereal grain, Chilli, coconut, dal, flour, jaggery, kokum, lentil, Maharashtrian, masala, medium, mustard seed, One pot, pepper, salt, seed, spice blend, sugar, toor dal, turmeric, wheat, whole wheat flour.

Shepuchi Bhaji (Dill leaves curry) Happy Independence Day

14 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Indira  |  August 13, 2006 at 2:20 am

    Love this recipe, this is going to be must try and I have all the ingredients at home, including kokum and kala(goda) masala.

    Thanks for participating in IDFP Madhuli!

    @My pleasure Indira.Let me know how you liked it

  • 2. Archana  |  August 13, 2006 at 3:06 am

    A very unique recipe, i will try it as soon as i buy the required spices from the Indian store. Nice presentation too. I have bookmarekd this recipe. Thank you Madhuli.

    @Thanks a lot Archana for your kind words.Please do try it and let me know.

  • 3. menutoday  |  August 13, 2006 at 9:32 am

    I think it is” Dal Dhokli” ??? I liked your recipe. Thanx for sharing.

    @Thanks for your kind words.yes similar to the ‘Dal Dhokli’ Gujrathis make,but the coconut-cumene powder and the kala masala gives it a unique flavour.

  • 4. Sakshi  |  August 13, 2006 at 8:27 pm

    I make the dal dhokli version. I think I’ll like this a lot. I wll try it as soon as it cools down a bit here (its too hot for cooking in my tiny kitchen). I am down to cold cuts of meats, salad and fruits.
    I know I will love eating this during winter – as soon as I make it I send you the pictures!

  • 5. Puspha  |  August 14, 2006 at 2:08 am

    Firstly, a very warm welcome to the world of foodblogging.

    Secondly, thank u very much for dropping by at my blog.

    Thirdly, very interesting dish. I like the Indian flag background. Very creative. Wishing u all the very best with ur blog.

    @Thanks pushpa for all your kind words.Encouragement is what keeps us all going.thanks again.

  • 6. shilpa  |  August 14, 2006 at 4:13 am

    Fabulous presentation. Its a very new recipe to me. I will have to give it a try.

    @Thanks again Shilpa.Pls. let me know how you liked it.

  • 7. Priya  |  August 15, 2006 at 6:21 am

    Beautifu presentation ! I have never this kind of Varan before.

    @hey priya thanks for your kind words!pls. try it and let me know

  • 8. Priya S&S  |  August 15, 2006 at 12:43 am

    Beautifu presentation ! I have never this kind of Varan before.
    @hey priya thanks for your kind words!pls. try it and let me know

  • 9. Krithika  |  August 15, 2006 at 5:45 pm

    This is a very nice recipe. Thanks for sharing

    @Thanks Krithika for your nice words.

  • 10. vineela  |  August 22, 2006 at 11:31 am

    beautiful presentatin.

    @Thanks Vineela

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  • 12. nivedita  |  October 8, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    this is one of my favourite dish since my childhood but never knew how to cook.
    Thanks a lot, I found the recipe, today i’ll try and hope my husband and daughter will like it.

  • 13. Khushboo  |  July 25, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Hi, tried this recipe.. it tasted yummy.. my husband loved it,

  • 14. skin elasticity booster  |  September 25, 2014 at 8:19 am

    An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto a colleague who had been conducting a
    little research on this. And he in fact bought me breakfast due to the
    fact that I found it for him… lol. So let me reword this….
    Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending some time to talk about this subject here on your web


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