Chakolya / Varan Phal

chakolya recipe maharashtrian

Serves – 4-5



For chakolya dough

  • Wheat flour – 2 cups
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil – 1 tsp

For Varan / dal

  • Toor dal – 1 cup
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Asafoetida (hing) – ¼ tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Garlic cloves – 20-25
  • Curry leaves – 10-12
  • Green chillies – 5-6 (cut into small pieces)
  • Goda masala – 1 tsp (Optional)
  • Jaggery or sugar– 1 tsp (Optional)
  • Some coriander leaves
  • Oil – 1 and ½ tbsp
  • Sajuk tup (clarified butter) and Fresh lemon juice while serving
  • Salt to taste

How to make chakolya / Varan phal ?

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  • Wash toor dal and add water, turmeric powder, asafoetida and salt to taste. Pressure cook until tender.
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  • Till the time dal is cooking, make dough for chakolya. For dough, Sift flour and add salt to taste.
  • Now start adding little water at a time and keep kneading. Dough should be little bit stiff.
  • Apply few drops of oil on top and let it rest for 10 minutes.
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  • Make medium sized balls out of it and roll them like a thin roti.
  • Cut it into square or diamond shapes.
how to make varan phal
  • In a mortar and pestle, grind garlic coarsely.
  • Heat up oil in a big vessel. Once oil is hot enough, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves, green chillies, and garlic paste and sauté until garlic gets cooked and turns light brown.
  • Now put cooked dal and mix well. You may add little goda masala and jaggery at this point.
  • Consistency of the dal should be thin as we are going to add chakolya in it, dal will thicken up. So add water and adjust the consistency.
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  • When dal comes to nice boil, add coriander leaves and start adding dough pieces in it.
  • Let them cook completely in a dal. It may take around 15-20 minutes. Check the seasoning and add salt if required.
  • Add jaggery or sugar.
  • Cover and allow it to simmer on low heat for 5 minutes and chakolya / varanphal is ready.
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  • Add dollop of ‘sajuk tup’ and squeeze fresh lemon juice while serving. Serve it hot with roasted papad and any pickle of your choice.