Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Beetroot Chutney - A Kids' Favorite

Growing up I like this chutney because of its vibrant color. When you mix it with white rice the color is a treat for the eyes. It is also a good way to trick the kids who don’t like to eat vegetables.


Beetroot medium size-1 grated
Garlic- 6 cloves chopped
Onion small size-1 chopped
Red chillies- 5 or according to your taste
Tamarind – cherry size if you are using tamarind paste-1/2 teaspoon
Channa dal – 1 tablespoon
Urid dal– 1 tablespoon
Asafoetida/hing/perungayam – a pinch
Coconut- 3 tablespoon
Cumin seed- 1 teaspoon
Curry leaves- few
Oil for frying


  1. Fry garlic, onion, and grated beetroot with a small amount of oil till it is fully cooked.
  2. Fry dal, red chillies, cumin, and curry leaves separately with little oil.
  3. Mix everything and add tamarind, coconut, and salt. Cool the mixture and grind to a fine paste. Voila, Chutney is ready.

Note: Because beetroot has natural sweetness in it, make this chutney a little spicier.


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