beetroot chutney recipe, how to make beetroot chutney recipe

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beetroot chutney recipe - tasty chutney made with beetroot for idli and dosa.
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beetroot chutney recipe with step by step photos – tasty chutney made with beetroot for idli and dosa.

beetroot chutney recipe

this is a vibrant colored chutney thanks to the reddish-pink hues coming from the beets. the colorful chutney looks attractive and tastes good too.

the chutney does tastes sweet with some heat coming from the green chilies. though the sweet taste is not like a sugary sweet taste, but a mellowed sweet taste. the typical aroma and taste of beets is not felt in this chutney. lentils, coconut and some herbs add in a lot of their flavors.

i have used fresh grated coconut in the recipe. desiccated coconut can be used, if you do not have fresh coconut.

do try this beetroot chutney and you will like it. with idlis and dosa, this chutney tastes good. though you can also have it as a side dish with chapatis or parathas.

if you are looking for more chutney recipes then do check cabbage pachadi, coconut chutney, momo chutney and sandwich chutney recipe.

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beetroot chutney recipe

beetroot chutney recipe - tasty chutney made with beetroot for idli and dosa.
course side dish
cuisine south indian
prep time 7 minutes
cook time 8 minutes
total time 15 minutes
servings 3 to 4
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

main ingredients for beetroot chutney:

  • 150 grams beetroot or 1 cup grated beetroot
  • 6 to 7 curry leaves (kadi patta)
  • 1 to 2 chopped green chilli (hari mirch)
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • ½ tablespoon sesame oil (til ka tel)
  • 1 teaspoon urad dal (split husked black gram)
  • 1 teaspoon chana dal (split husked bengal gram)
  • cup grated coconut
  • ⅓ to ½ cup water for grinding chutney
  • salt as required

for tempering beetroot chutney:

  • 1 to 2 teaspoons sesame oil (til ka tel)
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds (rai)
  • 4 to 5 curry leaves (kadi patta)
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)

how to make recipe

  1. rinse, peel and grate 1 large beetroot (150 grams). you will need 1 cup grated beetroot.

making beetroot chutney:

  1. heat a pan and add 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil. let the oil become hot and then lower the flame. add 1 teaspoon urad dal and 1 teaspoon chana dal.
  2. saute stirring often on a low flame till both the lentils become golden. do not burn them.
  3. then add the grated beetroot. stir and mix well.
  4. now add 1 to 2 chopped green chillies, 6 to 7 curry leaves and a generous pinch of asafoetida.
  5. mix well and saute on a low flame for 5 to 6 minutes or till the raw aroma of the beetroot goes away. keep on stirring often while sauteing.
  6. switch off the flame and add 1/3 cup grated coconut. mix very well.
  7. when the mixture becomes warm, take it in a grinder jar.
  8. add salt as per taste. add 1/3 to 1/2 cup water and grind to a smooth chutney.
  9. remove all the beetroot chutney in a bowl. keep aside.

tempering beetroot chutney:

  1. heat 1 to 2 teaspoons sesame oil in the same pan, in which the beetroots were sauteed. add 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds/rai and let them crackle.
  2. then add 4 to 5 curry leaves (kadi patta) and a pinch of asafoetida (hing). mix well and then switch off the flame.

  3. pour the tempering mixture in the ground beetroot chutney. mix very well.
  4. serve beetroot chutney with idli or dosa.

how to make beetroot chutney recipe:

1. rinse, peel and grate 1 large beetroot (150 grams). you will need 1 cup grated beetroot.

beetroot for beetroot chutney recipe

2. heat a pan and add ½ tablespoon sesame oil. let the oil become hot and then lower the flame. add 1 teaspoon urad dal and 1 teaspoon chana dal.

dal for beetroot chutney recipe

3. saute stirring often on a low flame.

dal for beetroot chutney recipe

4. saute till both the lentils become golden. do not burn them.

dals for beetroot chutney recipe

5. then add the grated beetroot. stir and mix well.

beetroot for beetroot chutney recipe

6. now add 1 to 2 chopped green chilli, 6 to 7 curry leaves and a generous pinch of asafoetida.

green chilli for making beetroot chutney recipe

7. mix well and saute on a low flame till the raw aroma of the beetroot goes away.

making beetroot chutney recipe

8. overall saute for 5 to 6 minutes on a low flame. keep on stirring often while sauteing.

preparing beetroot chutney recipe

9. switch off the flame and add ⅓ cup grated coconut. mix very well.

coconut for preparing beetroot chutney recipe

10. when the mixture becomes warm, take it in a grinder jar. add salt as per taste.

preparing beetroot chutney recipe

11. add ⅓ to ½ cup water and grind to a smooth chutney.

preparing beetroot chutney recipe

12. remove all the chutney in a bowl. keep aside.

beetroot chutney recipe

13. heat 1 to 2 teaspoons sesame oil in the same pan, in which the beetroots were sauteed. add ½ teaspoon mustard seeds and let them crackle.

making beetroot chutney recipe

14. then add 4 to 5 curry leaves/kadi patta and a pinch of asafoetida/hing. mix well and then switch off the flame.

making beetroot chutney recipe

15. pour the tempering mixture in the ground beetroot chutney. mix very well.

beetroot chutney recipe

16. serve beetroot chutney with idli or dosa. the leftover chutney can be refrigerated and stays good for 2 to 3 days in the fridge.

beetroot chutney

dassana amit
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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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  1. sooo yummy recipe…Tku so much

    • Welcome Thankamma

  2. Beetroot chutney was really appreciated.Thanks.
    Darsana, all the recipes I tried have come out excellent.God bless you.

    • Welcome Renu. Thanks for your positive feedback and best wishes.

  3. Hi –

    I was reading your beetroot chutney receipes. Sounds intersting 🙂 but jus wanted to know why sesame oil ??

    • sesame oil (gingelly oil) is generally used in south indian cuisine. since this beetroot chutney recipe is from south indian cuisine, thats the reason sesame oil is used. but you can also use sunflower or peanut oil.