beetroot curry

Beetroot curry (Beetroot sabzi)

By Swasthi on August 8, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Beetroot curry recipe – Beetroot is one of those super foods that can do wonders to our body by boosting immunity, lowering blood pressure, improving digestion and providing us lot of essential minerals and Vitamins. Beetroot is used to make a variety of dishes like salads, curry, stir fry, kurma, kootu, juice, chutney and is also be added to parathas.

beetroot curry or beetroot stir fry

The recipe shared here is one of the most easiest beetroot recipes that can be made in minutes. You can either grate the beetroot or cube it.

Beetroot is a vegetable which doesn’t need to be cooked for long time. Cooking for short time also helps to preserve the nutrients and the sweet flavor.

This beetroot curry goes well as a side in an Indian meal or just with rice and chapati. Since it is quick to make you can also make this for the kids’ or office lunch box.

If you live in a place where you are accessible to fresh beets with greens or leaves, you can include them as well in these recipes. You will need to pluck the leaves and wash them in ample amount of water.

Drain well and chop finely just before cooking. Alternately you can also use your food processor to chop the greens.

For more easy veg curry recipes,
Mushroom curry
Beans stir fry
Broccoli curry
Cauliflower curry

Preparation for beetroot sabzi

1. This step is optional. You can skip this step and also use idli podi or spiced peanut powder. This is what makes the beetroot sabzi flavorful. To make this, first dry roast 1 tablespoon chana dal and 1 tablespoon urad dal on a medium flame. Keep stirring and roast until golden. Then turn off the heat and add sesame seeds. Stir and fry them until they splutter. Transfer to a plate and cool. Then powder them finely.

2. Wash beetroot well and peel them. Cut them to quarters. Grate or chop finely which ever is comfortable. You can also use a food processor.

How to make beetroot curry

3. Heat 1½ tablespoons oil or ghee in a pan. Add ¼ tsp mustard seeds and ½ tsp cumin seeds. They will crackle soon. Then add ginger, green chilies and curry leaves. Fry till ginger smells good. Add chana dal, urad dal, red chili and garlic clove. Fry until the dal turns golden & aromatic. Add hing.

frying ginger chili in oil for beetroot curry

4. Add grated beets, turmeric and fry till they are lightly cooked. If your beets are not juicy and are dry, you can cover and cook on a low flame. Usually chopped beetroot takes longer to cook. Cover and cook them on a low heat until tender. If they dry out, then simply sprinkle water as needed and continue to cook.

Stir fry veggies lightly for beetroot curry recipe

5. Sprinkle salt and roasted dal powder (optional) from step 1. Saute for 2 minutes. Then add grated coconut and mix well.

addition of grated coconut to pan for beetroot stir fry

Serve beetroot sabzi with rice or chapathi. It goes well with rice and dal.

serving beetroot curry or stir fry with rice or roti

You may also like these Beetroot recipes
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beetroot curry recipe

Beetroot curry (Beetroot sabzi)

Simple beetroot curry made with basic Indian spices, curry leaves and coconut. This easy to make sabzi goes so well as a side in an Indian meal with rice or roti. It is aromatic, flavorful and delicious.
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Prep Time6 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time21 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 2 cups beetroot cubed small or grated (2 medium size)
  • ¼ cup coconut (grated or pulsed in a grinder)
  • tsp turmeric (haldi)
  • salt as needed


  • tbsp ghee or oil
  • ¼ tsp mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 pinch asafoetida hing (optional)
  • 2 green chili chopped or slit
  • 1 red chili broken – optional
  • 2 garlic cloves or ¾ inch ginger (crushed or fine chopped)
  • 1 tbsp skinned black gram (urad dal, optional)
  • 1 tbsp bengal gram (chana dal, optional)

To roast and powder (optional, adds flavor)

  • 1 tbsp bengal gram (chana dal)
  • 1 tbsp skinned black gram (urad dal)
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds



  • Optional but adds a lot of aroma to the sabzi – In a small pan, dry roast 1 tablespoon chana dal and 1 tablespoon urad dal on a medium flame until deep golden. Then add sesame seeds. Turn off the flame and keep stirring until the seeds splutter. Remove & cool this. Powder them finely in a grinder. Set aside.
  • Wash and peel beetroots, cube to half inch pieces. Or You can also grate them with a large hole grater. Avoid using a fine grater as it will make the beetroot sabzi mushy.

Making beetroot curry

  • Pour 1½ tablespoon oil to the pan and heat it.  
  • Add cumin seeds, mustard seeds and dal (optional). Soon the seeds will splutter, keep stirring and fry until the dal turns golden.
  • Next add crushed garlic, green chili, red chilli, curry leaves and hing. Saute till the garlic turns aromatic.
  • Add the grated beetroots and saute for 2 minutes.
  • Cook covered on a low flame until soft and tender. It just takes few minutes. If you use chopped beetroot, you may need to splash some water if they don't cook.
  • When the beetroot is cooked to your liking, add turmeric, powdered dal from step 1 and salt.
  • Mix and fry for a minute or two until the mixture turns aromatic. Then add coconut and mix.
  • Beetroot curry is ready to serve with rice or roti.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Beetroot curry (Beetroot sabzi)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 233 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 569mg25%
Potassium 494mg14%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 10g42%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 55IU1%
Vitamin C 25.4mg31%
Calcium 55mg6%
Iron 3.1mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Beetroot curry (Beetroot sabzi)

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5 stars
It’s very easy to follow and consumes less time. I tried many of your recipes. Whenever I want do different dish I always search your recipes. Every one loved to eat when I tried your recipes. Thank you.

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Easy to follow…I love your recipes…

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I have tried your recipes, they are very easy to follow. I am one of your many fans.

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Swasthi, your each and every recipe is incredibly delicious. Today I have prepared beetroot curry with sambar for lunch. It was so healthy and tasty. My family kept on appreciating you throughout the lunchtime.
Thanks a lot. Stay safe.

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I make it with coconut and sometimes without coconut. Regardless, it is a simple and delicious recipe. My kids are very picky and this is the only way they will enjoy beets. This recipe is part of my family. I make sure to cook at least ones a month.

Excellent beet root swathi my family fully enjoyed the taste thank yu

Love it, it turned out delicious

4 stars
Hello swasthi . Have not tried cooking beet root. Your recipe is easy and simple . Thanks

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Hi Swathi,
I have tried quite a few recipes from your blog and all turned out very good. Today I tried this recipe and it came out really good. Well explained recipes . Really a great help in cooking. Thank you.

5 stars
Easy to make. The instructions are clear.

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Never in a million years would I have thought to put these ingredients together. I’m glad I made this recipe though, because it is absolutely delicious! Waiting for the rest of my bets in the garden to get a little bigger and I will make this again. Thanks for this wonderful recipe.

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The dals I have are dried. Shhoukd I soak them first before cooking/grinding?

Thank you.

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It’s superb all recipes

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I love all ur recepies which I have tried till now, n it’s awesome.
Actually I don’t know cooking but I’m cooking well by seeing ur receipies n no one is believing even if I say that I don’t know cooking by tasting my food.So thanks a lot bcz all that credit goes to u.
So can u share how to prepare beetroot rasam.

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Yum! this is the best tasting beetroot dish I’ve ever cooked. I love the crunch and flavour of dal with sweet beets.

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Excellent recepie…Thank you 🙂

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Salt is not indicated in the second recipe for beetroot curry.(method two). Has salt been omitted by oversight or should salt not be used for this rec.ipe. Please clarify. Thanks.

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I have made your beetroot curry and love it. Do you know if you can freeze it?

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Love all your recipes, healthy and delicious. Can you share some simple thoran recipes

Hi swasthi! Both the curries look very yumm and nutritous. The first one came out well yet to try the second method. Need a help. Can you please tell how do i feed my son with beetroot. He is 15 months old. I cut the beetroot and pressure cook for 4 to 5 whistles. Even then am unable to mash them they still feel hard. I tried grating it and tempering it and feed. But was doubtful if i can. Kindly advise.

Hi swasthi! Pls dont be sorry. Np at all. Am sorry for late reply. Because i get time only when my baby is asleep. 🙂 it is a good idea to feed veggies with rasam. Though he is 15 months old he is still not comfrtble with lumpier food. Thanks a lot. Will do so. Also i bought palm sugar from mustafa which is like hard as jaggery. Do i have to powder it? Kindly advise.

Thanks a ton

Beautiful curry,looks so good