Varanfal or also known as Chakolya, is a traditional cuisine from Maharashtra. This is flour dumpling in spicy lentil curry. Quite similar to Dal Dhokali recipe from Rajasthan or Chutagi from Ladakh.


  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Coriander leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon carrom seeds / ajwain seeds
  • 1 tablespoon besan flour
  • 1 cup wheat flour
  • 1 piece jagger, small marble size
  • 2 kokum, soaked in water
  • 1 teaspoon goda masala (Maharashtrian spice mix)
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 cup tur dal
  • 5 garlic pods
  • 4 green chillies, slit
  • Few curry leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • Hing
  • 2 teaspoons ghee


  1. Knead wheat flour and besan along with salt, little turmeric powder and ajwain seeds along with water into thick dough.
  2. Roll a piece of dough into thin roti and cut into diamond shapes or shapes of your choice. These are called chakolya. Keep aside.
  3. Pressure cook tur dal with water. Blend with a hand mixer.
  4. Heat ghee in pan. Splutter mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves, hing and garlic.
  5. Add cooked daal along with turmeric powder, red chilli powder, goda masala, kokum, jaggery and salt.
  6. Add 1.5 cup of water. Allow the dal to boil. Now add chakolya (cut pieces of dough).
  7. Allow to cook for 10 minutes till chakolya are nicely cooked.
  8. Garnish with coriander leaves.
  9. Serve Varanfal along with ghee.

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