Monday, 11 August 2008

BeetRoot Chutney

Beet Root:I love this veggie because of the beautiful purple color it gives when added to any curry. Dietitians say that we need to eat rainbow of food everyday; i.e, include veggies or fruits from all the color bands like,
Red(Strawberries, Red Bell Pepper, Water Melon, Cherries etc),
Orange and Yellow(Apricots, Oranges, Papaya, Peach, Pumpkin etc),
Greens(Broccoli, Lettuce, Kiwi, Spinach etc) and
Blues and Purple(Blackberries, Black currants, Red cabbage and Beetroots).

The more of these colorful foods that you can fit into your daily diet, the better.


BeetRoot Chutney

Coming to the Recipe...


Beet Roots: 2 medium
Green Chillies: 5 to 6, adjust acc. to your taste
Curry leaves: 10 to 15
Tamarind: size of small sized lemon
Coriander leaves: a handful
Salt: to taste
Oil: 2 tbsp

How I did it:
  1. Chop beetroot and green chillies.
  2. Heat oil in a kadai and add curry leaves, beetroot and green chillies.
  3. Fry on medium till done. Takes about 10 min.
  4. After switching off the gas, add chopped coriander, mix well and keep aside to cool.
  5. Soak tamarind in hot water, to make it soft.
  6. Now grind the cooled mixture, to a coarse paste, along with tamarind and salt without adding any water.
  7. This can be served with plain hot steamed rice, or with any breakfast like idly and dosa.
Interesting Notes:
The Romans considered beetroot an aphrodisiac (it’s rich in the mineral boron which is important in the production of human sex hormones). The belief persists to this day that if a man and a woman eat from the same beetroot, they will fall in love.

Nutritional Facts:
Beetroot has a higher sugar content than most vegetables. It is rich in vitamin C, fibre, potassium, magnesium, manganese, and folic acid. The leafy tops are an excellent source of beta-carotene, iron and calcium.
Beetroot contains betaine, a substance that relaxes the mind and is used to treat depression. It also contains trytophan (also found in chocolate!) which contributes to a sense of well being.

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Anonymous said...

Wow....the beetroot chutney looks delicious! You are right about the rich colour it imparts.....I love it in raita's where it gives a nice pink colour to the dahi!

Usha said...

Very unique,I have never tried making chutney out of beetroot.your chutney looks delicious :)

Vani said...

Beets are so pretty, aren't they? Chutney sounds & looks delightful, Cinnamon!

Illatharasi said...

Nice colour... looks yummy:) will try this...

Srivalli said...

cin, what a lovely colour...looks great...

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Simran said...

Wow! What a bright chutney. That's enough to lighten up a day, and its healthy too :)

Vaishali said...

Beets are one of my favorite veggies too. Thanks for a lovely and unusual recipe.

Hima said...

The color of the chutney is awespme. Chala bagundi.

Priti said...

Never knew beetroot chutney...thanks for the intro..chutney looking so gud wit the high colour.

Padma said...

I never indulged cooking with beets often. This looks delicious and I should give it a try!

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Padhu said...

Chutney with beetroot.Never tried it.looks delicious .Will definitely try it.