Friday, 28 June 2013

Beetroot vegetable(Indian Savory Of Beet Root)

Beet Root Vegetable

Beet root like any other underground vegetable is very rich in Vitamin A. It has its own sugar content which gives it a sweet taste. It is a very healthy vegetable which makes the salads, pickles colorful and tasty. I love beet root boiled and cut to slices, with a pinch of salt. But one preparation I had in house boat in Kerela is one of the best preparations. This is very simple to make, has least amount of oil and absolutely delicious.

Preparation Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: 10 min
Servings: 4 Medium Servings

Ingredients Required For making Beet Root vegetable:
  • 250 gm. Beet root
  • 2-3 Green chilies
  • 1/2teaspoon Mustard seeds
  • 1/2Teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1 Pinch Asafoetida
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 1 ml. Olive oil / any cooking oil
Directions For making Beet Root Vegetable:
  • Wash and boil whole beet root till it is tender. (5 min. in cooker after pressure is built in cooker / 15-20 min. in open vessel)
  • Remove the seeds from green chilies and cut them finely.
  • Cool the boiled beet root.
  • Peel and grate the boiled beet root.
Boiled,Peeled and Grated Beet Root
  • Heat oil in a wok till oil is smoking hot.
  • Add
    • Mustard seeds
    • Cumin seeds
    • Finely cut green chilies
    • Asafoetida
Seasoning (Tadka) for Beet Root Vegetable
  • Let the seeds splutter. (it will take 30-40 sec.)
  • Add grated beet root and mix nicely.
  • Add salt and mix.
  • Cover and cook on low flame for 5 min with stirring two /three time in between.
  • Remove the wok from heat and add lemon juice and mix. Cover and keep for 2-3 min. This will ensure the mixing of lemon juice in the beet root.
Beet Root Vegetable Ready to be Served
  • Take out in a serving bowl and garnish with mint/cilantro.
Beet Root Vegetable
  • Serve with hot rice / roti / Appam.
  • Beet root does not become soft like potato when boiled. The texture and hardness of beet root changes once it is boiled. Do not fear if it is boiled for slightly longer or lesser time.
  • Lemon juice should be added once the vegetable is cooked. Lemon juice if cooked it turns bitter.
Suggested Variations:
  • Boiled beet root can be cut to thin slices and then cooked.
  • Amchur can be added instead of lemon juice. If amchur is added then it should be added along with salt.

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