Friday, June 26, 2009

Beetroot Curry and Rasam

Hello all, I am back after a short break and hope to be regular in updating my blog and visiting yours too :-)

When i was little, i was so fascinated by beetroot :-) I never cared about how it tasted. I just loved it because it turned my food pink :) This trick does not work with my boys, obviously. I told my first kiddo that i have made a magic vegetable that will turn all his food into pink. I thought the word 'magic' would do the trick. Nope. He said, 'Pink is for girls, so you can have it all' :-) Then, i pulled the 'it will help you grow big and strong' card and it worked. He said he liked it but not loved it. As long as he takes, i dont care whether he loves or likes :-) My toddler did not like to eat it with rice, but liked it with pasta! Whatever works! :)

Here's the recipe for this simple, yummy curry.

Beetroot Curry :
Beets - 4
Green chillies - 4 or 5 finely chopped
Salt to taste
Curry leaves
Minced cilantro - 2,3 spoons
Mustard seeds, urad daal and hing for seasoning



Method :
Wash, peel and boil the beets for 10 -15 minutes till they become tender.
Chop them into small cubes. The tender beets are easy to chop.
In a pan, heat 1 spoon oil. Pop mustard seeds, add urad daal and hing and fry till the daal is golden brown. Add the chopped, steamed beets and salt and mix well. Cook for few minutes. Garnish with cilantro. You can also add 2,3 spoons of grated coconut.

Beetroot Rasam :
I saw the idea of using the water that was used to steam beets in sambar in some blog. Can't remember where. I decided to make rasam with it. It was pink and had a slight sweet taste to it. Sweet, tangy and spicy. I loved the burst of flavours and ofcourse the colour :-)

I just made it like regular tomato rasam with home made rasam powder. I used the beets water instead of plain water. Here's a pic of the rasam :




Incase you are wondering what the pumpkin is doing in the first pic - i had this crazy idea for Click : Spring/autumn to combine something that would represent both seasons and took this pic, but i sent another pic for that event.

23 comments:

Prathibha said...

Very few ppl love these sweetish beets and I am one among them..enjoying seeing them thoroughly..:)

Varsha Vipins said...

Beets s ma favvvv..I always make that dry dish n u knw my fav combo is our good old rasam n this dry beet dish..:)..What all tricks moms have to do to make the kids eat na..:D

Sriram said...

No work???

Varunavi said...

Great idea to use the beat water to make rasam.My kids hate both rasam and beets,but i make beets sweet,they eat that :)

sowmya said...

i love th epink colour especially with rice..i add a few pieces of beet to sambar for a nice colour..

Gita said...

Thats so sweet...pink is for girls :) Yummy rasam dear!

Ann said...

Hey Viba,so you were on a break too..welcome back
I had the same thinking on beet as a kid..At school I always loved opening the tiffin box to see how my rice have gone pink..lovely..
but lol on what your son commented..ahah.pink for girls..
rasam is new to me..colorful and new..Thank you

Priya said...

My favourite too, lovely dishes Vidhya!!

ARUNA said...

i love that color.....and i also love beetroot!!!! So it is for me :))

CHAITRA said...

Very innovative way of using Beetroot.Loved the way it was presented.Drop in sometime

DEESHA said...

I love beetroot curry too .. it tastes lovely isn't it?

Preety said...

rasam is my fav..beetwroot gives such a wonderful color of any dish

Pooja said...

I too love beetroot side dish. Yours look so delicious! And great idea to make rasam with beetroot broth. Makes it so healthy!

rekhas kitchen said...

ummm my fav.too and very interesting and good idea of useing beet water for rasam nice color yummy recipes dear.

Suparna said...

hi viba,
welcome back :) hope all's well at ur end :)
I love beets. I too make the curry in more or less the same way!
Great idea to use up the beet water in rasam. Making full use of natures nutrients hmmm ?! good one.
tc

Sanghi said...

wow innovative delight vibaas, check my blog for fil-3 event..

Keerthana said...

beets have always been my favs:)more so becoz of the color they give out..beets are for girls, eh?:) loved the beetroot curry and rasam..i make this curry often and add some grated coconut too..

Shama Nagarajan said...

lovely dishes of beetroot....am too craziest fan of beet..yummy

kittymatti said...

wow! so healthy, creative idea

Vibaas said...

thx all :)

sangi said...

colourful...

Sia said...

Welcome back dear :)

Anupama said...

Great idea Vibaas!!! Now I know how to use every bit of beets :-)

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