Friday, November 16, 2012

Beetroot Curry | Beetrool Stir fry(Poriyal) | Easy Side dishes

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After a heavy dose of oily food and sweets from the past couple of weeks because of Diwali I have been preparing very simple food for the last couple of days.This is a simple stir fry recipe which is prepared in most of the south Indian house holds.It goes well with steamed rice or as a side dish for sambar/rasam and dal rice.
Beetroot Stir fry | Beetroot Palya(Curry) Recipe:
(Serves 3-4)

2 big Beetroots,peeled and finely chopped
1/3 cup grated fresh Coconut
3-4 Green chillies
2 whole Red chillies
1 tbsp Chana dal
1 tsp Urad dal
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
8-10 Curry leaves
juice of 1/2 lemon(optional)
a pinch of Asafoetida
salt to taste
2 tsp Oil

  • Steam chopped beetroot pieces with few pinches of salt either in pressure cooker(without whistle) or steamer for 8-10 mins.You can even microwave them on HIGH for 4-5 mins.Strain them and keep aside.
  • Heat a spoon of oil in a pan/kadai and crackle mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
  • Add asafoetida,chana dal,urad dal,red chillies and curry leaves and fry for a minute.
  • Grind grated coconut with green chillies and salt to a coarse masala.It should not become a paste,it should be like just roughly coarse ground masala.
  • Add cooked and strained beetroot pieces and stir fry for 2 mins.
  • Now add ground coconut-green chili masala and fry for another minute or two.
  • Switch off the flame and add lemon juice and give a stir.
Serve it with rice,dal/rasam/sambar and papad.
  1. You can follow the same process for vegetables like carrots,beans-carrot,raw banana,cluster beans,yard long beans,cauliflower etc.
  2. You can skip the steaming part and can make with the vegetables like ladies finger,cabbage etc.You need to saute them well for 7-8 mins before adding ground coconut masala.
  3. You can add red chili powder instead of green chillies,it would slightly change in color.
  4. You can add 1 tbsp kurala podi along with the ground coconut masala to the stir fry,in that case reduce the amount of green chillies to 2 in the recipe.This gives a nice taste to curry.
  5. If you want you can add finely chopped onion to the pan and saute well and then proceed with adding chopped beetroot pieces and ground masala.


Akila said...

very yummy with awesome cliks....

Sravs said...

Healthy and colorful stir fry !!

Nandinis food said...

Colourful poriyal! Great side dish for lunch!

Vimitha Durai said...

Thats a simple and yummy stir fry. Love it with sambar

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

Simple yet yummy stir fry. neat pictures too

divya said...

So delicious and very detectable

Kaveri Venkatesh said...

Nice one...Love it anyday

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Yummy and healthy stir fry..

Hasna said...

In love with ur clicks!

Suja Manoj said...

Beautiful and healthy poriyal

jaya's recipes said...

I love beet root perfectly done!

Shama Nagarajan said...

yummy and inviting

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Indian Khana said...

My fav ....I can eat this everym day ...looks yum

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Adding chana dal, urad dal is a new step for me in this fry. Looks absolutely tempting

Priya Suresh said...

Healthy curry,love to have simply with some plain rice.

Swathi said...

Beetroot curry looks delicious.

great-secret-of-life said...

Neat and simple dish

Chitra said...

I too make the same way but i add red chilly powder :) lovely color & pretty cliks :)

Tony B said...

Great stuff!! Awesome recipe. I had a number of remaining red beets from Thanksgiving weekend and did this up with some carrots and softened raisins.

pearly smiles said...

lived in Bangalore in a hostel for 5 yrs and hated it each time this beetroot palya was made.10 yrs later,tried your recipe and fell in love with it.really delicious and healthy.Added lemon juice to make it a little sour(pregnacy cravings;-) ) and its wonderful.Keep up the goodwork!

chef and her kitchen said...

@pearly smilea - thanks for your nice words..I am glad that you liked it.

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