Friday 8 June 2012

Beetroot Coconut Masala / Beetroot Pirattal

Looking for something other than the usual beetroot poriyal? To get rid of the boredom just try this masala am sure you will love it. It is so tasty and too good for health, so its worth trying. This is a dry masala that I learnt from my neighbor, from the day I tasted it I fell in love with the dish. Am a pure Non-vegetarian and I never eat vegetables so much, but this recipe made me realize that vegetables recipes will be delicious, if prepared in the right way. Beetroot has not been my favorite before tasting this masala, but now I love it. Try this recipe once and am sure you will like it too! Am sure that all of us are aware of the health benefits of beetroot, but still let me recollect some of its benefits, it is packed with minerals, good for your heart so prevents heart failure and strokes, it is found to prevent cancer, helps to detoxify blood etc. Coming to the masala, the sweetness of beetroot combines with the rich taste of coconut and fennel seeds, and provides us a tasty treat with good aroma. Lets go to the recipe now.

(Serves 3 as side-dish)
  1. Beetroot - 2 
  2. Fennel seeds - 1.5 spoons
  3. Green chillies - 2
  4. Grated Coconut - 10 spoons (or) Coconut pieces - 6 to 8 (1 inch long pieces)
  5. Salt - As per taste 
  6. Oil - 3 spoons 


  • Slice the beetroot or chop it into bigger pieces.
  • In a wok/pan add oil, after it heats up add fennel seeds and roast it for a few seconds, remove from pan and set aside until it reaches room temperature. Don't burn or over roast it.
  • Make a fine paste of the following and set aside; 
      • Coconut pieces/Grated coconut + Fennel seeds + Green chillies + Water
  • Heat the same wok/pan you have used to roast the fennel seeds. (no need to add oil as there will be leftover oil in the pan)
  • Then add the beetroot pieces and saute well for two minutes.
  • Now add the ground coconut paste and stir well.
  • Add water until the pieces gets soaked.
  • Cook until the beetroot turns soft. It may take 20 -25 minutes.
  • Top up the water level whenever necessary until the beetroot gets cooked and turns soft.
  • After the beetroot gets cooked don't add water, just cook on high flame until the water content reduces.
  • Remove from flame once it reaches the dry consistency.
  • Serve

TIP 1: If you want semi-gravy consistency remove from flame, after the beetroot gets cooked and when the masala has some water content.

TIP 2: Fennel seeds gives a very good aroma and flavor, so do not replace it with cumin seeds. Also over burnt fennel seeds spoils the masala's taste.

TIP 3: If you wish, add a small (1 inch long) piece of ginger while making the coconut paste to enhance the flavor and aroma.

Delicious Beetroot Coconut Masala is now ready!! Serve with Rice varieties especially with rasam rice, sambar rice or curd rice!! 

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  1. this is really different recipe than usual poriyal. looks yummy

  2. lovely n healthy poriyal...lov d color!

  3. Fennel seeds must be giving a different flavour than the normal tadka we use..nice..will try it.

    Divya, I had posted the FOOD MAZAA AWARD FOR ALL MY FRIENDS..some time back.. known you after that...plz pick it will find it on top in the LABELS on the side bar.
    this is the link

  4. Healthy and delicious..loved the bright colour

  5. Healthy and delicious curry,we do make the same way...

  6. Colorful and yummy poriyal..

  7. Delicious and colorful curry.

  8. the recipe & the flavor of it..:)
    Tasty Appetite

  9. never tried making beetroot this way...awesome recipe n nice clicks dear :-)

  10. Great recipe & clicks

  11. Hi, thangai.
    I love this combination! I never tried it but in my mind it sounds very refreshing yet spicy which is great for me. I love spicy food but at hot Summer time it's quite hard to bear the spiciness but being refreshing makes it much easier and enjoyable.


  12. I am definitely going to make this recipe. I do love beets!!! Yummy!!!

  13. Lovely color and recipe...

    Please collect ur award dear

  14. Hi Divya pramil ,

    frankly speaking , really mouth watering :-)

    Drooooooooling !!! Nice presentation Divya:)

  15. Looks very attractive & colourful.. Well made.. :)

  16. Usually I skip the beats, but you make them look so delicious. They're so healthy, and it's high time I tried them again, with your ideas!

  17. Delicious & flavourful Beetroot pirattal!! Thanks for visiting Divya....happy to follow your blog as well


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