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beetroot rice recipe

this beetroot rice is slightly spicy with the sweetness of beetroot coming through in the spiced rice.

4.67 from 9 votes
total time:
35minutes

beetroot rice recipe with step by step photos – easy lunch idea recipe of beetroot rice or beetroot pulao.

beetroot rice recipe

as i have mentioned in my previous posts, rice based dishes are my go to cook recipes. they get done quickly and taste good too. i often make pulao with mixed veggies or with just one veggie. in this recipe, its only beetroot that is used and is a highlight of this dish.

this beetroot pulao is slightly spicy with the sweetness of beetroot coming through in the spiced rice. kind of a complex flavored dish. the recipe can be made quickly in a pressure cooker. the only time taken is the soaking time required for rice. you can also make this rice dish in a pot or pan.

serve this lovely colored beetroot rice with some raita or a side salad. i served with potato roast and papads.

if you are looking for more rice recipes then do check corn pulao, coconut milk pulao, veg pulao, veg biryani and veg biryani in pressure cooker.

beetroot rice recipe
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beetroot rice recipe

this beetroot rice is slightly spicy with the sweetness of beetroot coming through in the spiced rice.
course main course
cuisine south indian
prep time 20 minutes
cook time 15 minutes
total time 35 minutes
servings 3 to 4
rough calories per serving 366 kcal
author dassana

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

prepping rice

  • 1 cup basmati rice or 200 grams basmati rice
  • enough water for soaking rice

whole spices for beetroot rice

  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 2 to 3 green cardamoms (choti elaichi)
  • 1 inch cinnamon (dalchini)
  • 2 to 3 cloves (lavang)
  • 5 to 6 black pepper (sabut kali mirch)
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds (rai)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)

remaining ingredients for beetroot rice

  • 1 medium onion chopped or 1/3 cup chopped onion or 50 to 55 grams onions
  • 7 to 8 curry leaves (kadi patta) or 1 small to medium tej patta (indian bay leaf)
  • 2 small to medium beetroots or 1 cup finely chopped beetroots or 125 grams beetroots
  • 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste or ½ inch ginger + 3 to 4 small to medium garlic cloves
  • 1 green chili, chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta)
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder (dhania powder)
  • 1.5 to 2 cups water, i added 1.5 cups water
  • salt as required
  • 2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves for garnish

how to make beetroot rice recipe

prepping rice

  1. rinse basmati rice in water very well. then soak the rice in enough water for 20 minutes. 

  2. after 20 minutes, drain the rice and keep aside. instead of basmati rice, you can even use any other fragrant rice or even regular or short grained rice.

making beetroot rice

  1. heat 2 tbsp oil in a pressure cooker. then add all the whole spices. 

  2. the oil should be hot enough so that the mustard seeds crackle as soon as you add them in the oil. do keep the flame on a low to medium flame, so that the other spices do not get burnt.

  3. add 1/3 cup chopped onion and 7 to 8 curry leaves.
  4. stir and saute till the onion start to become light golden.
  5. then add 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste, 1 to 2 green chilies (slit) and ¼ cup chopped coriander leaves. 

  6. saute for a few seconds till the raw aroma of ginger-garlic goes away.

  7. now add 1 cup finely chopped beetroot. do chop the beetroot finely. you can also grate beetroots and then add. stir and saute for a minute.
  8. add ¼ tsp turmeric powder, ¼ tsp red chili powder and ½ tsp coriander powder. mix and stir well. add the rice.
  9. stir gently and saute for a minute.
  10. add 1.5 to 2 cups water. depending on the type and quality of rice, you can add water. for basmati rice, you can add 1.5 to 1.75 cups of water. i added 1.5 cups water.
  11. season with salt. stir and mix. taste the water and it should have a slightly salty taste.
  12. pressure cook on a medium flame for 2 whistles or for 8 to 9 minutes. you can also cook this pulao in a pan or pot. add water accordingly.
  13. when the pressure settles down on its own, remove the lid. gently fluff the beetroot rice. 

  14. garnish the pulao with 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves. serve beetroot pulao with a side veggie salad or raita.

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how to make beetroot pulao or beetroot rice

1. rinse basmati rice in water very well. then soak the rice in enough water for 20 minutes. after 20 minutes, drain the rice and keep aside. instead of basmati rice, you can even use any other fragrant rice or even regular or short grained rice.

rice for beetroot pulao recipe

2. heat 2 tbsp oil in a pressure cooker. then add the whole spices – 2 to 3 green cardamoms, 1 inch cinnamon, 2 to 3 cloves, 5 to 6 black peppers, ½ tsp mustard seeds and ½ tsp cumin seeds.

spices for beetroot pulao recipe

3. the oil should be hot enough so that the mustard seeds crackle as soon as you add them in the oil. do keep the flame on a low to medium flame, so that the other spices do not get burnt.

making beetroot pulao recipe

4. add ⅓ cup chopped onion and 7 to 8 curry leaves.

onions for beetroot rice recipe

5. stir and saute till the onion start to become light golden.

onions for beetroot rice recipe

6. then add 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste, 1 to 2 green chilies (slit) and ¼ cup chopped coriander leaves.

ginger for beetroot rice recipe

7. saute for a few seconds till the raw aroma of ginger-garlic goes away.

making beetroot rice recipe

8. now add 1 cup finely chopped beetroot. do chop the beetroot finely. you can also grate beetroots and then add. stir and saute for a minute.

beetroot for beetroot rice recipe

9. add ¼ tsp turmeric powder, ¼ tsp red chili powder and ½ tsp coriander powder. mix and stir well.

spices for beetroot rice recipe

10. add the rice.

rice for beetroot pulao recipe

11. stir gently and saute for a minute.

preparing beetroot pulao recipe

12. add 1.5 to 2 cups water. depending on the type and quality of rice, you can add water. for basmati rice, you can add 1.5 to 1.75 cups of water. i added 1.5 cups water.

water for beetroot pulao recipe

13. season with salt. stir and mix. taste the water and it should have a slightly salty taste.

salt for beetroot pulao recipe

14. pressure cook on a medium flame for 2 whistles or for 8 to 9 minutes. you can also cook this pulao in a pan or pot. then add water accordingly.

making beetroot pulao recipe

15. when the pressure settles down on its own, remove the lid. gently fluff the beetroot rice. garnish the pulao with 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves. serve beetroot pulao with a side veggie salad or raita. for more beetroot recipes, you can check this collection of 14 beetroot recipes.

beetroot pulao recipe

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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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21 comments/reviews

  1. Great Recipe!! Tried this at home and did not think it will come out well. I had a lot of doubts but mainly whether the color of beets will overpower the rice.
    The rice and beets got cooked to perfection and the taste was just right; spicy with bursts of sweetness from the beets coming in. This was perfect with a cooling boondi raita!!
    Its a regular and often requested recipe at home now 🙂

    • Thanks Abhishek for this awesome feedback on beetroot rice. Yes this recipe has balance spiciness and sweetness. Glad to know that you liked it.

  2. Tried it in home as a surprise for mom. Came very well and my mom enjoyed it. Thank u!! 😇😇

    • Welcome Dev. Nice to know this.

  3. Hello…I just love all your recipes ..U make cooking so simple 😃 for me.
    Could you pls upload recipe for veg rissoto…
    Thank you

    • Welcome Shruti. Thanks for your positive feedback. I will try to add this recipe.

  4. Another one of your recipes done wonders for me ! Thank you again and always!

    • Welcome Sheetal. Glad to know that you liked the beetroot rice recipe.

  5. I usually dislike beetroot. But your recipe is fantastic. Thank you !

    • welcome pankhuri and thnakyou glad you liked beetroot rice 🙂

  6. I made it today…It turned out awesome…evryone liked it..Thank you so much for ur recipes …All of ur recipes r too good.

    • thankyou so much Nazia 🙂

  7. It turned out to be yum. I added diced babycorns and it goes quite well in this rice (sweetcorn can also complement well here).. However the color of my rice was nowhere near to the pink beetroot color. It was orangish. Please let me know what can be done.

    • thankyou nandita glad you liked the beetroot rice surprisingly beet should impart red color don’t know how it’s given orange color. it’s okay just eat the rice the way it is as adding additional color is not preferable. hope this help’ you.

  8. I follow your site regularly. Made this beetroot pulav for breakfast today and I must say it was too good. Added one potato and pigeon peas (togari kaalu in Kannada) also.

    • glad to know this megha 🙂 thankyou for sharing your input and for writing to us.

  9. Could you please write a post on the kind of ovens you use (convection and otg). Because I own a convection oven and all my baking attempts have been a disaster. The cakes brown from the outside but in the centre they are doughy. Please please.

    • i plan to do so. what i suggest is that bake at a lower temperature than what is mentioned in the recipe, about 15 to 20 degrees celsius lower. also while baking, cover the bread or cake with aluminium foil or butter paper. this way the top does not get browned too quickly. towards the end then you can remove the foil or butter paper and brown the top for some minutes.

      • Thank you so much. Will give it a try 🙂

  10. woww…loooks tempting!!!!!!!!
    will definitely try…

    • surely try and let us know how it was? and thankyou.

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