Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Beetroot Kootu

Kootu finds an important place in Tamil meals. Making same kootu often is kind of boring, won't you agree? This beetroot kootu is sure to be a winner. Though the recipe is quite similar to regular kootu, I just thought of sharing it as we do not see Beetroot used much in this form.


Beetroot 4 big
Moong Dal 1 cup
Turmeric 1/2 tsp

Oil and Salt to taste

To grind to paste

Coconut 1/2 cup
Green chilli 2
Curry leaf few
Jeera 1 tsp

Method of Preparation

1. Pressure cook the moong dal with enough water till it is well cooked.

2. Chop the beets into small pieces. Add to a pot. Add a little water. Cover and cook till the beets are almost cooked.

3. Make a paste of coconut, green chilli, curry leaf and jeera.

4. Add the coconut paste to the beets, along with the cooked dal and salt.

5. Add some water if needed. Bring to a boil and simmer for a little bit till it all comes together.

6. You can optionally temper with some mustard, curry leaves and dry red chilli.

Enjoy as a side for rice along with sambar/kozhambu or you can just mix it with rice and eat. We used it as a side for Roti.


  1. Wat a eye pleasing and vibrant colour kootu..looks excellent.

  2. It is a weekly feature in our household. I pressure cook beetroot and dal ( sometimes with a quarter teaspoon sambar podi if I fancy) with salt and then add the coconut paste as you mentioned and simmer them all together. And yes, the tadka in the end adds extra flavour. Unbeatable with just plain rice and a sutta appalam! :o)Kids love it with curd rice though.

  3. Looks delicious, lovely color.

  4. Healthy kootu. never tried this way. will try soon

  5. rosh i ve never made kootu with beets. This s super!! i ll try this the next time i buy beets

  6. oh the color of the kootu so appealing...

  7. like the color.. sounds healthy and tempting too..