South Indian Style Beetroot Poriyal | How to make South Indian Style Beetroot Poriyal

By Poonam Bachhav  |  15th May 2016  |  
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  • South Indian Style Beetroot Poriyal, How to make South Indian Style Beetroot Poriyal
South Indian Style Beetroot Poriyalby Poonam Bachhav
  • Prep Time

    10

    mins
  • Cook Time

    10

    mins
  • Serves

    4

    People

410

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About South Indian Style Beetroot Poriyal Recipe

Beetroot Poriyal is a simple yet flavorful and colorful onion garlic free dish in which cubed beetroots are stir fried with seasoning. It serves as a delicious side dish with chapati or poori for lunch and serves as a healthy kids lunch box option.

South Indian Style Beetroot Poriyal

Ingredients to make South Indian Style Beetroot Poriyal

  • 2 medium Beetroot finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp Bengal gram dal (chana dal)
  • 2 tbsp split and skinned black gram (White Urad dal)
  • 2 tbsp scrapped fresh coconut
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
  • Pinch of asafoetida
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • salt to taste
  • 2 sprigs of fresh curry leaves

How to make South Indian Style Beetroot Poriyal

  1. Wash and soak the Chana dal and Urad dal for 10 minutes in lukewarm water. Meanwhile peel and finely chop the beetroot into cubes.
  2. Heat a wok on medium flame and add 2 tbsp oil to it. Add the cumin seeds followed by fresh curry leaves. Add a pinch of asafoetida and turmeric. Add the soaked and drained Chana dal and Urad dal. Stir for a minute or so.
  3. Add the chopped Beetroot and mix well. Add salt and red chili powder. Mix properly, cover and cook for 5-7 minutes. Lastly add the scraped fresh Coconut. Stir well and put off the flame.
  4. Serve with Chapati or Poori .

My Tip:

Chop the Beetroot in equal size as far as possible to ensure even cooking. You can grate beetroot instead to reduce the cooking time.

Poriyal is a South Indian dish that is essentially a simple stir-fry with vegetables and greens. It is usually made with grated coconut but in some households Poriyal is even made without coconut. Poonam Bacchav gives a modern twist to the traditional Poriyal by making it with beetroot. The step-by-step procedure to make the South Indian Style Beetroot Poriyal at home has also been given. The recipe for this authentic Poriyal that hails from Tamil Nadu, can serve 4 people. The South Indian Style Beetroot Poriyal is quick and easy to make at home- you can prepare the Beetroot Poriyal in under 20mins at home.

Beetroot has recently seen a comeback in the food industry, which can be attributed to the amazing health benefits that this purple root vegetable has. Beetroot fibre has been proven to increase the number of white blood cells (WBCs) in the body. The WBCs are responsible for detecting and eliminating abnormal cells, which if not eliminated could develop into cancerous cells. Red beetroots are also mentioned as one of the most potent antioxidant vegetables, which in addition to lowering the risk of cancer also help to reduce blood pressure. This reduction in blood pressure is extremely beneficial for the avoidance of heart disease and stroke. Some studies have even stated that nitrate-rich vegetables such as beetroots may help in heart attack survival! A great detoxifying agent that is low in both fat and calories, beetroot helps to improve blood flow and boost immunity. The lovely purple colour of this vegetable adds a pop of colour to any dish that it is used in and the South Indian Style Beetroot Poriyal showcases the lovely flavours hidden in this root vegetable in all its glory. Since beetroots are the core ingredient of the Beetroot Poriyal, ensure that you use the right beetroots to make this recipe. While making the Beetroot Poriyal at home, you have the freedom to choose the beetroots that you will use to make this authentic dish at home. Good quality, fresh beetroots should have their greens intact. The greens should be fresh-looking with no signs of spoilage. The beetroot attached to the greens should be firm, smooth and a vibrant red-purple in colour. Don’t buy beetroots that are soft, wrinkled or dull in colour.


It’s amazing how the South Indian Style Beetroot Poriyal, a simple and healthy side dish made by stir-frying and sautéing beetroot, lentils, coconuts and traditional South Indian spices can taste so delicious even when cooked at home. A perfect side dish, lunch dish (that can be had with chapatti), tiffin recipe or starter the South Indian Style Beetroot Poriyal is a must try. So go ahead and try making the South Indian Style Beetroot Poriyal for your next family meal!

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Zenia Vandrewala6 months ago

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Raminder Bhatia2 years ago

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Abha Shah2 years ago

Nice and healthy receipe i have eaten this long back with my god mother
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Reema Thukral2 years ago

lovely recipe..thanks for sharing :)
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