I am planning to share this recipe for long time but i was not able to do it.This is one kootu recipe i make very often next tokeerai kootu & mixed vegetable kootu.This is our family favourite recipe too.As Sendhil has fatty liver problem,i try to include beetroot in my cooking at least twice or thrice in a week.I make this kootu or one of these poriyals( my mom’s version & easy version).Even Raksha loves these recipes lot.Today she told me to prepare More kuzhambu& beetroot kootu for her lunch.So i made it along with Pirandai thogayal for our lunch.My MIL has the practice of mixing side dishes with rice adding a drop of ghee or gingely oil to make her Son & daughter eat vegetables.So i too mixed this kootu with plain rice adding a tsp of ghee & packed for Sendhil’s lunch box.But Raksha loves to have this kootu as a side dish for more kuzhambu sadam like me.It tastes great in either ways ! Here i have used moong dal following my MIL.You can also replace it with chana dal like in hotels.Do try it.Its a very simple and delicious kootu recipe with a mild sweetness of beets !
Beetroot kootu recipe
Beetroot kootu recipe with moong dal
Prep time:10 Minutes
Cook time:15 Minutes
Total time:25 Minutes
To pressure cook
Beetroot - 1 no ( very big) or 2 nos ( if medium sized)
Moong dal - 1.5 tbsp
Salt & water - as needed
Grated coconut - 1/4 cup
Green chillies - 2-3 nos
Small onions - 3 nos
Cumin seeds/Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Rice flour - 1/2 tsp
Coconut oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Wash and peel the skin of beetroot and chop into small cubes.In a pressure cooker base,take the moong dal,chopped beetroot,salt & water.Mix well and pressure cook for one whistle in low flame.( I cooked it along with rice in cooker by keeping beetroot in a small bowl to save time).
Grind all the ingredients given under” to grind” to a smooth paste adding enough water.
Add this paste to the cooked beetroot and boil the mixture in a kadai till its raw smell goes off completely.Add some water if u find the kootu is very thick.
Lastly heat a small kadai and temper all the ingredients given under “to temper”.Add to the kootu and mix well.
You can replace moong dal with chana dal but u should soak the chana dal for 30 minutes before cooking.
Add more chillies if u want the kootu to be spicy.We like mildly spiced kootu.So i add only 2 chillies.
Adding coconut oil gives a nice flavor to this kootu.So don’t skip it.
Enjoy this healthy,colorful beetroot kootu with rice and any gravy !