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November 24, 2014

Beetroot Kootu Recipe-Side dish For Rice

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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 to keerai 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 vegetablesWinking.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 meTongue.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 Beetroot kootu recipe with moong dal
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Side dishes
Serves: Serves 4
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
To grind
  • 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
To temper
  • 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.

Enjoy !


  • 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 !

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