Growing up beets was never my favorite vegetable. I don’t know if it was not bought because I did not like it or I did not develop a liking for beets because it was not cooked regularly in our house. Now I’m bringing beets quite often especially once my son started solid foods. He is 4 now and I try to feed him beets directly as well as sneak it in his favorite meals.
My mother-in-law shared a couple of interesting beet recipes with me. I didn’t know that beet greens were edible until she told me. She made a scrumptious dal using beet greens. Since then I have started cooking all greens including kohlrabi greens. The following thayir pachadi recipe is from her. Thayir pachadi also popularly known as raitha, is nothing but a combination of raw or cooked vegetables mixed with yogurt and spices.
Another interesting beet recipe is from my mother. She made beets rasam (a South Indian soup like side dish) using beet cooked water. It uses very less ingredients and very simple to make and yet it is very comforting especially for cold winter nights like the ones we have this season. Now to the raitha recipe.
Beet Root Raitha Recipe
- Medium Size Cooked And Grated Beets 1
- Grated Coconut (Preferably Fresh) 1/4 Cup
- Big Size Green Chili 1 Or As Per Your Spice Level
- Grated Ginger 1 Tablespoon
- Non-Fat Yogurt 3/4 Cup
- Salt To Taste
- Finely Chopped Coriander Little To Garnish
- Oil 1/2 Teaspoon
- Mustard Seeds 1/4 Teaspoon
- Asafoetida Powder (Hing) A Pinch
- Curry Leaves (If Available) 3
- Wash and peel the beet. Cut it into 4 big chunks. Place it in a vessel and add enough water just to cover the beets. Place the vessel in a pressure cooker and cook it for just one whistle and remove the cooker from the stove.
- While the beet is cooking:
- grind the coconut, green chili and ginger to a smooth paste &
- do the tempering. In a small frying pan add the oil. Once it is hot enough; add the mustard speeds and let it splutter. Then add the hing and curry leaves; sautee it for a minute and switch off the heat. Keep this tempering aside.
- Since beet is a sweet vegetable, this dish would require more spice than you would normally use in your cooking.
- Canned beets can also be used in this recipe.
- Pressure cooker is not a must for this recipe. You can cook it in a microwave oven too. I prefer the cooker method because I cook 4-5 beets at a time. Grate 1 for the pachadi, chop 2 for the next day’s curry and puree the balance to use it while baking. I store the pureed beets in 1/2 cup containers in the freezer and use it later.
- Using the beet puree you can prepare kheer following this pumpkin kheer recipe by replacing the pumpkin puree with the beet puree.
My other beet recipes:
With beet greens:
With beet puree: