I love beetroot just for its brilliant color.[Never mind if it stains my hands or the chopping board when I cut it].When mom was preparing this curry I wondered why I had not put it up in the blog and so here it is.This curry is sitting on the table waiting for us so am off to take a bite,meanwhile here is the recipe…

Mom used:

Beetroot-1 large,peeled and chopped
Coconut,grated- 2 tablespoons
Mustard-1 teaspoon
Urad dhal-1/2 teaspoon
Gram dhal-1/2 teaspoon
Red chillies-2 ,broken into bits
Curry leaves-a few
Oil-1 teaspoon
Salt to taste

  1. Microwave the beetroot till done,approx. 8 minutes.[Sprinkle a little water]
  2. In a pan,heat oil and put in mustard,urad dhal,gram dhal,red chillies and curry leaves.
  3. When they splutter and dhal turn brown put in cooked beetroot[drain excess water if prepsent],salt,grated coconut.
  4. Mix well and simmer for 2 more minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and serve as a side dish with steamed rice.


  • Another variation is the use of onion.Finely chopped onion can be added in step 3 and sauteed till translucent and then proceed as above.
  • The same one can be prepared wholly on the stove top.First heat oil and season,then add onion if using,then comes the beetroot which is covered and cooked sprinkling a little water at a time.Care has to be taken else it will burn and spoil the taste of the dish.This method is a bit time consuming.
  • If using onions coconut can be omitted.

This dish can be prepared under 20 minutes hence off it goes to Niloufer Riyaz for her event Twenty-20.

Happy cooking…

9 thoughts on “Simple Beetroot porriyal”

  1. I also love beet root.. Infact its the colour that attracts me most. as i a child i would eat the cooked beetroot and with stain in my mouth..i would try to fool my mom that i got hurt and blood is running out of my mouth.. never realising my mom would surely know my prank.. but they she would just hug me and say..swallow it and wash ur mouth..:)

  2. J ,that's so sweet!I am sure ur mom would have been happy to see her lil one gobble up veggies..

    Ms.Chitchat that's the exact thing that I had for my lunch today!!!Isn't it a wonderful combination.!

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