Beetroot Poriyal/Stir-Fry

  Beetroot ,a dark reddish vegetable.It has such a lovable attractive color.Not only its color,it also has attractive values for our body.It contains anti-oxidants and nutrients and betaine. Betaine protects against liver diseases,diabetics and lowers the blood sugar level and maintains the blood pressure.Folic Acid,its a one more additional value present in beetroot.Folic acid,is recommended for pregnant ladies,particularly during their first trimester.Because it helps in the development of baby's spinal cord.Also Beetroot has Lycopene, a naturally occurring plant chemical,which is a powerful antioxidant helps in skin elasticity through collagen production,thereby postpones aging process occurring in the skin.The most important thing about the beetroot is ,it is a diuretic,which helps in detoxifying the system.
  Detoxification helps in throwing out the toxic substance residing in our system.So by default it purifies our body.By seeing the above good values present in beetroot.I hope you will make a try the very next time.



Serves 2-3


Beetroot- 1 large(Chopped)
Onion - 1 Tbsp(Chopped)
Red Chilli(Deseeded)- 1 to 2 (Broken )
Bengal gram/Channa Dal - 2 tsp(Optional)
Jeera - 1tsp
Curry Leaves - few
Grated Coconut - 1 tsp
Crushed Garlic - 2 tsp
Water - as reqd

To Temper 

Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 1 tsp 


  • Peel the skin of beetroot,wash them and chop the beet's.Keep aside. In a pressure cooker/pan add oil,then add mustard seeds.Let them Splatter.Then add the bengal gram and roast it well.When it turns brown in color,then add the chopped onion .Saute for a minute.Then add the broken red chilli and curry leaves.Saute again.(It's your choice whether to chose pressure cooker or pan.I have used the pressure cooker for fast cooking.)

  • Now add the jeera seeds,you can also add it in the previous step along with red chilies.Add the chopped beetroots.Add salt ,mix well.Saute them for 2 to 3 minutes until the raw flavor goes off.Then sprinkle some water,just 3 to 4 Tablespoon.Add close the pressure cooker lid and wait for a whistle.Switch off the flame,when you get one whistle.

  •  Open the lid when the pressure subsides,and check if any water is staying back.If you find some water,just keep the cooker in flame and saute until all the water gets absorbed.Finally add the grated coconut and crushed garlic and saute for 3 - 4 minutes.Switch Off.
  • Its now ready to serve.It accompanies your dal,rasam,morkuzhambu and plain curd rice.