Monday, October 4, 2010

Beetroot Kootu

Beetroot is one of the most colorful vegetables.It has a bright red hue.It is a very powerful antioxidant and is known to purify the blood.This vegetable is also rich in many vitamins and minerals.Beetroot juice is known to reduce Hypertension(Blood Pressure). Its leaves are used to make curries and salads.

Beetroot Kootu is an all time favorite in my family. We relish it a lot and like to eat it with Chapathi.Today I prepared Beetroot Kootu for dinner and I am sharing the same recipe here.


Beetroot - Chopped into small cubes - 1 cup
Moong Dal - 1 cup
Grated Coconut - 1 cup
Black Peppercorns - A few
Cumin seeds - 2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1tsp
Oil - 2 Tbsp
Cilantro - For Garnishing
Curry leaves - One sprig
Salt - To Taste


  • Heat 1 tbsp of oil and add the cumin seeds and black peppercorns. Then add the grated coconut and roast it for 2-3 minutes.
  • Then grind this roasted mixture till it becomes a coarse paste.
  • Pressure cook the Moong dal and Beetroot along with some salt for about 3 whistles.
  • Take a wok/Kadai and add 1 tbsp oil and add mustard seeds. Once the mustard crackles, add the curry leaves and the ground paste and stir well.
  • Add the cooked dal and beetroot and cover and cook on low heat for 7-8 minutes.
  • Garnish with cilantro.
  • Serve hot with Roti or Rice.

  • You can even use green chillies instead of black peppercorns.
  • You can substitute Masoor Dal in place of Moong Dal.


Pushpa said...

I love using beetroot in my cooking.Nice recipe Gayu.

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Gayu said...

Thank you Pushpa.

Dr.Sameena Prathap

Hi Gayu,

Nice recipe dear...lovely presentation...Do visit me dear...


Gayu said...

Thank you Sameena..

aipi said...

I adore beetroots..this recipe sounds yum..gorgeous color n presentation!

US Masala

Gayu said...

Thank you Aipi!!


I love this veggie, but its been years since I cooked them :( Coz my hubby doesnt like it ,so I am too lazy to cook for myself this ;) Sigh,tempts me a lot!

Gayu said...

Hope you get some energy to cook beets after seeing this dish..Let me know ;)

Sushma Mallya said...

Simple, nice and flavourful....and thanks a lot dropping by, see you again gayu...

Lav said...

Looks yumm .... never tried kootu with beets gayu...shal try soon !!


Gayu said...

Thank you Sush..Will be in touch
Lav Thank u..Let me know how it turns out

Satya said...

hi gayu ,
first time to ur blog ...u got a beautiful space here with yummy food ..this beetroot kootu looks very delicious ,love the beautiful color of the dish ..i like ur biscottis very much ..bookmarked ..glad to find u..visit u often
if u get time do visit my blog


Gayu said...

Hi Satya,

Thanks for the very warm and encouraging comments. Thanks for dropping by. I will surely visit you too. Glad to meet u..Keep in touch.Take care.


Sharmilee! :) said...

Kootu with Beetroot sounds new to me...looks so yum

Gayu said...

Thanks Sharmilee!

Shanthi said...

Wonderful colour. Nice blog.

Gayu said...

Thank you Shanthi Ka..