Beetroot chutney recipe for rice, dosa, pongal, paratha, sandwiches, wraps & snacks. This beetroot chutney is not only healthy but it also tastes delicious with just any thing as a side. It tastes slightly spicy, sweet & tangy so will be loved by anyone.
My family loves beetroot so I use it often to make salads, stir fry, pulao, raita, curry, kootu, sambar, halwa, juice and smoothies. Mostly I use it raw or lightly sauteed to retain the nutrients in the beets.
This beetroot chutney is made in andhra style just like any other vegetable chutney made in andhra cuisine. Most times I pack it in the lunch box for the kids along with paratha or phulka.
To make this beetroot chutney, I have sauteed chopped beets lightly in a pan to make them slightly tender. But they can also be steamed in a steamer & used.
You can also grate it in a processor and use. This recipe is a basic version & you can make so many variations like adding some coconut or onions to it.
Beetroot chutney gets a good flavor from roasted chana dal and urad dal. They can be replaced with peanuts or white sesame seeds. Tamarind paste is used to give a mild tang to the chutney. Since I do not favor tamarind much in my foods I have used lemon juice. Also lemon juice removes the strong smell of beetroot.
I have used a mix of green and red chilies, you can replace one of them with the other to suit your taste.
Beetroot chutney recipe
Ingredients (1 cup = 240ml )
Ingredients for beetroot chutney
- 1 to 1 ½ cups beetroot chopped or grated
- 1 to 2 green chilies (use as needed)
- 2 to 3 red chilies or replace with green chilies
- 1 sprig curry leaves or coriander leaves (cilantro)
- ½ tsp cumin or jeera
- 1 pod garlic or ½ inch ginger
- 1 ½ tsp chana dal or bengal gram (or 1 tbsp peanuts)
- 1 ½ tsp urad dal or skinned black gram (or 1 tbsp peanuts)
- salt as needed
- 1 tbsp oil
- lemon juice or tamarind paste as needed
How to make the recipe
Preparation for beetroot chutney
- Heat a pan with oil. When the oil, turns hot add the urad dal and chana da or peanuts. Fry them until golden and aromatic. Then add curry leaves, garlic, red chilies and green chilies.
- Fry until the leaves turn crispy. You can set aside few curry leaves, dal and spices from the final garnishing. Set aside to cool.
- Fry the beetroot in the pan for 2 to 5 minutes until slightly tender. You can also cover and cook on a low heat until tender.
Making beetroot chutney
- Cool roasted ingredients. Blend everything well without adding water. The moisture in the beets is enough to blend it to a chutney.
- Scrape the sides and add lemon juice or tamarind. Blend once more until the chutney is slightly smooth or coarse to suit your liking.
- Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with the tempering that was set aside. Serve beetroot chutney with rice, paratha or any breakfast.
NUTRITION (estimation only)
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Preparation for beetroot chutney recipe
1. Heat a pan with little oil. Fry dal till lightly golden. Add green chilies, red chilies, curry leaves, garlic or ginger. Switch off the stove when the red chilies are roasted and curry leaves turn crisp.
2. Add cumin to the hot pan and stir everything well. You can set aside little of this for garnish or for seasoning towards the end. Cool the roasted ingredients completely.
3. To the same pan, add grated or cubed beetroot. If grated beetroot, just saute for 2 minutes. Cubed beets need to be sauted for about 4 to 5 minutes or till they get discolored.
How to make beetroot chutney
4. Add the cooled ingredients and blend to a smooth or coarse chutney to suit your liking. We don’t need to add water, moisture from beetroot is enough to keep the chutney moist.
5. Lastly add lemon juice and blend once more.
Garnish beetroot chutney with seasoning that was set aside. Serve with rice, paratha or chapathi.