Thursday, December 4, 2008

BeetRoot Kootu with chana Dal

I was very much less interested in blogging because of the climate over here. As the sun starts to shine again, i feel fresh to try recipe's. last week, we just managed with Rasam. Now slowly iam driving on first gear, before i give full throttle, here is my Beetroot Kootu, which actually i liked it. If any Beetroot hater's reading this, give a try to this simple yummy recipe.

beetroot kootu

  • Beetroot-1
  • Onion-1
  • Dry Red chilli-2
  • Green chilli-1
  • Oil-1 tsp
  • Mustard-1/4 tsp
  • Chana Dal-1/4 cup(soaked for 2 hours)
  • Curry Leaf-8/10
  • Garlic-3 cloves

yyu First Soak the Chana Dal in hot water for 2hrs, or atleast 30 mins. then pressure cook the chana dal, with the chopped Beetroot, salt and garlic with some water. let the whistle count be 4 whistles.

yyu Cut the Onion's finely. In a Pan, Heat the oil and add mustard, when it makes some sound add curry leaf, red and green chilli's. saute them well. now add the onion's and saute them.

yyu When onions are cooked, add the beetroot and chana dal, say the pressure cooked one's to the pan and mix well.

yyu Add salt and let it boil. add water to get a desired consistency.

beetroot kootu with chana dal


** If you wish to have Pepper spice, just avoid the red chilli and green chilli in the recipe and add pepper powder (1/2 tbsp) and stir well, before you remove the kootu from the flame. [I have prepared and tasted this way, we loved it a lot.]

** If you are not calorie conscious, add a tbsp of ghee, before serving. it enhances the taste.
Now serve it with Hot Rice or with soft chapathi's.

It tasted so good with chana dal. Since i prepare lunch, only for me, this single dish was like a whole meal for me. If you prefer, you can also add coconut, when it is prepared dry, without any water added.


  1. I love that colour so vibrant and beutiul.
    I can imagine how that white rice wil turn when you just eat them.
    Just the thought make me hungry

  2. looks good...beetroot just colours everything in its brilliant hue

  3. Love beet just for the color :) Good and tasty one

  4. I hardly cook with beetroot since my husband is not a fan... will try this kootu and see if he warms up to this veggie.. :)

  5. I know exactly what you mean, Lavi. There are days when I just don't want to write a word.
    The beetroot kootu looks delicious. I've got to try it your way soon.

  6. Thats a healthy option for kootu..and sure it should be great with channa...picture speaks for the taste.

  7. Beetroot is very much ignored veggie in my kitchen. This combo looks gr8. Awesome color.

  8. pretty kootu Lavi! Love the color of beetroot. I usually make a pickle out of it.

  9. Kootu looks good. Beets are not made often in my kitchen will have to try it.

  10. There are so many of you, to join me against beetroot. to you all i assure you, this dish will make you crave for, after you tried once.

  11. Must try this one, Lavi. The color is just amazing! :)

  12. That is simple but I'm sure so delicious, that plate looks great!

  13. Lovely platter lavi. I am not a big beetroot fan but after my Inlaws visit I love Beetroot now-a-days. My mother-in-law used to make kootu just like this. lovely recipe. By the way the template and site looks fresh and awesome look great job lavi.

  14. Tried this today & it came out really well. Can we follow same procedure for other veg also. If so how to go about for snake gourd? Since it is softer than beetroot do we have to cook it separately? Kindly clarify. Thanks for sharing this tasty but very simple preparation.


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