Beet Stir fry is a classic South Indian side dish recipe. It's a savory dish made with chopped beet, shredded coconut, and mustard seeds. A simple everyday home-cooked menu perfect for any weekday lunch or dinner.
It is the summer season with a lot of fresh, shiny vegetables you can see plenty in the market and in your backyard. Make these vibrant vegetables every day and have a wholesome meal. Now you know the reason to make this Beet stir fry today. This is always one of our most favorite side dishes like this radish sambar.
The goodness of Beet stir fry
We cook the vegetables in water by covering with the lid. The idea is not to lose the nutrients of the veggies. The cooking oil is added in this recipe just to give a glaze to the vegetables.
And finally, we garnish with grated coconut. Adding fresh coconut is always advisable, but frozen coconut or the designated coconut would also work fine. Here in the United States, getting good coconut is tougher. So I always cook with the frozen shredded coconut available in the Indian stores, which also helps for making beans poriyal, cabbage poriyal.
Why I prefer this recipe?
I love sharing tasty and also healthy recipes that I make in my kitchen. Others also looking for the same high nutrient and fewer calorie dishes. And I know that is what the entire world is searching for. This kind of healthy dish is perfect to serve us and for our whole family.
Beetroot has a sweet taste. But this recipe neutralizes it with the coconut. But still, this is a wonderful balance of taste.
I am not obsessed with the sweet tooth and I do not like to have sweet and sweet related dishes. So, by this time you may know the reason why I like this Beetroot stir fry the most. This is my family’s favorite because these are delicious and easy to make same as potato stir fry.
I used to stock vegetables for the whole week. And the real challenge is to make my family feel that they eat varieties of food every day. This is possible only by following a lot many different recipes.
I keep changing the recipes for every other vegetable, check these stir-fries recipes. But the recipe for the beetroot remains the same. Until now I have never got complaints about making this recipe repeatedly in my kitchen.
Even my son who is a picky eater has never complained about the repetition.
He loves this so much as I always tell him that this is one of the most healthy dishes that he could eat. So he also started developing a fascination towards Beetroot poriyal recipe, a South Indian stir-fry.
If you are looking to make a savory side dish like a hot Andhra style stir-fry recipe, you may add chili powder or broken red chili. This will not only increase the heat of the dish but also give a distinct flavor to the South Indian style stir-fry.
You may cut the beetroot in any shape you want but I prefer to have it done in small dices. Which is easier to chew. And not only that every small dice would be coated well with the spices.
The Key Ingredients
Beet. The summer will bring you a variety of beets in the grocery stores or in the farmers market. You may choose any verity of beet, whether it can be red beet, golden beet, or white beet. This recipe suits any vegetable.
Shredded Coconut. Shredded coconut is added not only as a garnishing factor but also for its nutritional values. And it also adds crunchiness to the dish. If you have access to Indian stores or Asian stores, you may check in the frozen aisle for the frozen shredded coconut.
A huge bag costs about a couple of dollars, I would personally suggest is that worth buying. Otherwise, you may also use dry shredded coconut available in the baking section of grocery stores.
Mustard Seeds. I have used black mustard seeds for any South Indian stir fry recipes like bitter gourd fry, mushroom pepper fry but you may also use yellow mustard seeds instead.
Skinless black Gram(urad dal). We generally add this for any seasoning in Tamil cooking. But you may substitute with moong dal(petite yellow lentils). Or you may skip this if these two are not available to you.
Want to try another variation for beet stir-fry? prep the beetroot by grating them for quick cooking.
Though grating or cutting the vegetable sounds the same in the recipe. And though you follow the same recipe, the result will be astonishing. And they form into a whole new dish. The cutting makes all the difference in the taste, and in cooking time. At the end of the day, beet stir fry is going to be tasty and healthy.
My mom used to add the seasoning to the cooked vegetable. Which needs two different pans. One for cooking the vegetable and the other for seasoning. I always wanted to minimize the pan I use in the kitchen and also want to cut down the cooking time.
So I season and cook in the same pan.
For your convenience, soon I will be also adding a quick video to the bottom of the post. Where you can see the exact proportion of the ingredients for Beet stir-fry. Please also leave a comment if you need any more information about this recipe.
Beetroot stir-fry, a simple everyday South Indian side dish. Usually served with rice. A perfect colorful, kiddos friendly side dish for rice. Here, we discuss the perfect way to cook beetroot by retaining its vitamins and minerals.
If you have a question, how to cook beetroot? this Beetroot stir fry could solve your problem. While chopping this pinky beet, about God's creations. How cute all these vegetables are. Each one is unique in its own way.
After chopping, wow.. the chopping board became pink, my knife, my hands. Pink.Pink.Pink.
This vegetable is only known for its juicy, dark pinkish color.
I was grown up hearing all these positive stories about the veggies. In my childhood days, my mom says, beet juice converts into the blood immediately after eating it' :). And I'm passing on these stories to my next generation too, but with little modifications :).
How to cook Beetroot poriyal recipe South Indian stir-fry? it's very easy, add water and chopped beetroot to a ¾:1 ratio. Cook it in medium flame for 4-5 min, then in slow flame for another 3-4 min, until the beet becomes soft and shiny.
Coming to Beet stir-fry, this is one of the basic preparations in South Indian homes. Which is called as Beetroot vepudu in the state of Andhra? I have added chili powder which makes a perfect combo for the sweetness of the beetroot.
Recommended tools to make this recipe
Cutting board. A good quality required for effortless work.
Cast iron skillet. It's heavy bottomed that ensures even heating.
Printable recipe card
Beetroot stir fry
- 2 beetroot medium sized
- 1 teaspoon sunflower Oil /or any cooking oil
- 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
- 1 teaspoon urad dal /skinless black gram
- ½ teaspoon salt or as required
- ¼ cup water
- 2 tablespoon shredded coconut
- Peel the skin of beetroot. And chop into small sized cubes.
- In a pan add sunflower oil, black mustard seeds, urad dal.
- Wait till mustard gets splutter.
- And add chopped beetroot, salt and water.
- Cover and cook it on a medium flame.
- When water gets completely evaporated, remove the lid and cook further for another 3 min, in lowe heat. Stir occasionally.
- If the beetroot is not cooked enough, sprinkle water and cook again.
- Add shredded coconut, combine well.
- Transfer it to serving bowl and srve hot along with rice.
Tips and Variations Beet stir fry
- The chopped beetroot looks huge in quantity than it looks. So decide the number of beets for the recipe according to it.
- At cooked Bengal gram dal, moong dal for a creamy taste.
- Planning to make for a large crowd, adding cooked Bengal gram/moong dal would help.
- Serve hot with steamed white rice, sambar rice, and rasam rice.
- The leftover side dish can be refrigerated for about 3-4 days.
you are absolutely right, when ever I cut beet, my kids come to me saying Mom are you bleeding? then ihave to say no i am cutting beet, then they relieved.nice stir fry.
healthy stir fry.
Hello Suja ma,
For the first time, I tried vendakai sambar and beetroot poriyal. Both tastes very good. All my flatmates liked them. Now I understood why most of the restaurants serves beetroot poriyal, it's easy to prepare with less ingredients. Thanks a lot to Pepper Bowl!
Next let me try chick peas sundal.. it's interesting 🙂