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Dec 17, 2008

Beetroot Pickle

As we all knew, beetroot is an amazing blood cleanser. They are loaded with vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and C. They also have so many medicinal values as they are rich in iron. I usually make a pickle out of these beets as we don’t like the simple beetroot fry.


  • 2 cups Beetroot, skin removed and cut into small pieces (I used canned beets)
  • ½ cup Black Gram (Urad dal, Minappappu)
  • ¼ cup Coriander Seeds (Dhaniya, Dhaniyalu)
  • ¼ tsp Fenugreek Seeds (Methi, Menthulu)
  • 1 tbsp Tamarind Pulp
  • 2 tsp Oil
  • ¼ tsp Asafetida (Hing, Inguva)
  • 5 or 6 Red Chilies
  • 10 Curry Leaves
  • ¼ tsp Mustard Seeds
  • Salt


Cook the beetroot pieces with some water until they become tender, but don’t let them get too mushy. Drain water and keep aside. As I used canned beets, I didn’t have to cook them again.

In a pan heat 1 tsp oil and add the beet pieces. Fry for 5 to 10 minutes and transfer to a plate. In the same pan heat rest of the oil and add mustard seeds. When they splutter, add coriander seeds + fenugreek seeds + red chilies + curry leaves + asafetida and sauté till the coriander and fenugreek seeds turn into golden brown color. Again transfer these into a different plate.

Finally add urad dal and fry till they become golden brown in color. Switch off the flame and let the ingredients cool for some time.

Then, add the mustard + coriander + fenugreek mixture in a blender and grind until they are powdered well. Then add the beet pieces along with tamarind pulp and little water (not too much) and grind into a fine paste. Finally add the fried urad dal and run the mixer again until the dal mixes well with beet mixture. Make sure not to grind the dal into very fine consistency as the crunchiness of the dal gives the pickle a unique taste.

Enjoy this yummy and spicy pickle with hot rice and ghee.


Priya Suresh said... [Reply]

Spicy beetroot pickle looks dlicious Uma..lovely..never thought of making pickle with beetroot...need to try soon..

Anonymous said... [Reply]

Looks delicious uma. Never thought of making pickle with beetroot.

AnuSriram said... [Reply]

Thats very innovative.. Never thought of making pickle with beetroot..

Yasmeen said... [Reply]

Clever idea! Sweet beets for spicy pickle:)

Beyond Curries said... [Reply]

I'm serious Uma, you should publish a pickles/chutney cookbook. You come with so many ideas. I have one beet root at home, will try it. Speaking of which I also prepared a beets pasta dish yesterday and my son loved it and have posted it today.

Vanamala Hebbar said... [Reply]

This is completely new recipe to me..looks very nice uma

anudivya said... [Reply]

I have not heard of this one before... you come up with such amazing ideas... and this is very healthy too.

Pooja said... [Reply]

Nice pickle uma looking delicious.Will try it.

Cham said... [Reply]

Pickle trying list is just growing like a monster... I have beet probably I should do something. Pickling idea is just superb!

Finla said... [Reply]

Wow thepickle looks so spicy and yumm.
I have neve rhad them as pickle.
I always had them just in vinigear.

Dori said... [Reply]

Very healthy, and awesome color!

Mahimaa's kitchen said... [Reply]

very innovative uma. looks yummy

kamala said... [Reply]

You know I am crazy of pickles..Like Madhu said I too think that you should have publish a book for Beverages..So creative..Uma..WIsh I could live near your home!!

Neha said... [Reply]

that's quite innovative way to use beetroots, 'll try it.

Unknown said... [Reply]

lovely Uma and it absolutely tempting. I can imagine the taste.

Unknown said... [Reply]

me intilo pachadulu yekkuva tintaru anukunta great idea uma nice color too

Jaishree Iyer said... [Reply]

Very Innovative Idea...beetroot pickle looks delicious Uma..I will try it.

Meera said... [Reply]

Very creative, Uma, as always!

Unknown said... [Reply]

Dyet another pickle from u Uma...looks delicious....

sra said... [Reply]

I've been making chutney with this now and then, lovely!

Pavani said... [Reply]

ooh...beetroot pickle is yum yum n spicy...ur pickle expert yaar...

Raks said... [Reply]

Its very new to me and sounds good too!

Laavanya said... [Reply]

That looks awesome.. have never tasted pickle with beets.

notyet100 said... [Reply]

will try this nd let u knw,..,..looks so yum,,,,

Daily Meals said... [Reply]

The pickle looks yummy and spicy...

Usha said... [Reply]

Pickle looks spicy and yum...would have never thought of making pickle with beetroot :-)

Sunshinemom said... [Reply]

Hey, Uma! How many pickles have you got here? Next time I think you should just have a challenge - give me a veggie, and I will make a pickle! Love this one - it is not something I have ever heard or seen but I know, coming from you - this has to taste great!

Vijitha said... [Reply]

New to me! sounds yummy! gr8 colour uma. looks lovely..gonna try it for sure

lubnakarim06 said... [Reply]

Something new to me. This is one of the most neglected veggie in my kitchen. Looks gr8.

Unknown said... [Reply]

i have some fresh beetroots..will make this pickle..

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