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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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Unknown said...

Colour of the Kootu is Tempting. Should try this .

great-secret-of-life said...

so colorful and tasty kootu

Unknown said...

Beautiful colour... Delicious!

Sundari Nathan said...

yummy and colourful kootu!!

Priya said...

Colourful kootu ..Wish to eat with mor kuzhambu like raksha :)

Unknown said...

Beautiful Beetroot Kootu dear.. Love the color

Unknown said...

I'm gng to try this .. Let see as it looks very yummy too...