Saturday, May 9, 2009

Beetroot Coconut Curry

Beets are disliked by most.I seldom buy this purple veggie since V and kids are never fans of it.

Alas!..Our own farm grown beets slowly began filling up my veggie tray forcing me to try something new and believe me this easy-to-make curry went quite well with hot steamed rice, proving to be a good comfort dish on a hot summer noon!.


Beet root-2 medium-each cut into one inch cubes.

Tamarind-marble sized or a tbsp of thick tamarind pulp.

To Grind:

Grated Coconut-2 cups

Red chillies-10 nos or Chilly powder- 1 ½ tbsps


Cumin seeds -½ tsp

Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp

To Season:

Oil- a tbsp

Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp

Fenugreek seeds/uluva-1/2 tsp

Finely minced shallots-3

Curry leaves- a sprig


Cook the beetroot pieces in a pan in just enough water till half done.

Grind the ingredients to a paste, not too smooth.Extract the tamarind pulp.Add these to the pan.

Simmer for 5 minutes with enough water to form a thick curry.

Heat oil in another pan, splutter mustard seeds, throw in the fenugreek seeds,

sauté the minced shallots and the curry leaves.Pour over the curry.

Simmer the curry for another 5-10 minutes till the right consistency.Check salt and remove from fire.


  1. I love beetroot in curries and this looks really delicous.
    Happy mothers day .

  2. I like beets, this looks tasty!

  3. Looks inviting....sure to taste gud too!

  4. Colourful and intresting dish....hey have you ever tried beetroot leaves thoran or chapati??? it's very tasty....

  5. That's an unusual beet recipe. And such a lovely color.

  6. you say alas for getting homegrown veggies?! Sheesh!! This is like thella pulusu no? yummm :)

  7. curry looks delicious & healthy. Lovely click

    Happy Mother's Day !!

  8. Hi,
    Ever since I've tried Beet rasam from Lisa's blog I am on a hunt for interesting recipes with beet, and lo! here is another one :) gorgeous looking curry.Thanks for the recipe. Bookmarked.

  9. Looks very inviting, gorgeous curry!

  10. similar way i make beetroot pachadi wth curd n coconut paste..
    snap s superb as alwayz :)

  11. Oh!, ur curry looks so delicious, never tried something like this before i have bookmarked it & i am going to do it as i have them in my fridge

  12. Hi Bharathy, first time have a nice blog here...the clicks are wonderful and recipes are great...kudos!!

  13. எனக்கு இந்த கறி ரொம்ப பிடிக்கும்..ஒற்றில் இருக்கும் பொழுது ஜீரா புலாவ் வுடன் அம்மா செய்து கொடுப்பாங்க..படம் சூபெர்ரா இருக்கு பாரதி..வாழ்த்துக்கள்..


  14. ஹாய் பாரதி,

    இனிக்கி இந்த மெதட்ல தான் பீட்ரூட் கறி நாணுக்கு பக்க உணவா பண்ணினேன்..யம்மி...யம்மி..வாழ்த்துக்கள் பாரதி..


  15. Well,Hi again,
    stopped by to say this recipe became part of my lunch today and this too is very simple and divine. Since I am afraid of that hot chilly , reduced its amount.. loved it, am sure, will be trying some others too and let you know.
    For now its Edible garden and spicy chilly making rounds in my humble kitchen :)
    Thank you.

  16. Hi my name is Dhana, I have tried many of your recipes. This is one of them, I had a question in regards to the quantity of coconut used should be 2 cups is it? can i reduce the content and if the masala is not in a form of paste the curry does not come out in a gravy consistency.

  17. Welcome Dhana, and happy to hear you try the recipes :)

    2 cups (200 ml+ 200ml ) of loosely packed coconut shavings would be ideal for 2 beetroots to make the gravy that would serve a family of 4.

    Hailing from Kerala I use a bit of extra coconut here and there too, and If you like it less 'coconutty' go ahead, Dhana, but the body of the gravy depends on the quantity of the coconut.Again, I dont grind it "too" smooth as it "might" curdle when the curry simmers.
    You can try it making smooth and not simmer much, Dhana :)
    Don't hesitate to get back to me if you have more doubts :)


  18. That is delicious. Never tried making curries with beetroot except for pachadi. Very interesting recipe. Love your blog especially the header! Happy Cooking :)

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