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Beetroot rice recipe with step by step photos – easy lunch idea recipe of beetroot rice or beetroot pulao made with rice, finely chopped beetroots, onions, herbs and spices. Gluten-free and vegan recipe.

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 recipe 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.

How to make 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.

basmati rice

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 rice

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.

spices for beetroot rice

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

onions for beetroot rice

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

sauteing onions for beetroot rice

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

ginger-garlic paste for beetroot rice

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

sauteing masala of beetroot rice

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.

added finely chopped beetroot

9. Add ¼ tsp turmeric powder, ¼ tsp red chili powder and ½ tsp coriander powder. Mix and stir well.

added spices for beetroot rice

10. Add rice.

added rice for beetroot rice

11. Stir gently and saute for a minute.

preparing beetroot rice

Cooking beetroot rice

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 of water.

water for beetroot rice

13. Season with salt. Stir and mix. Taste the water and it should have a slightly salty taste.

salt for beetroot rice

14. Pressure cook on a medium flame for 2 whistles or for 8 to 9 minutes. You can also cook this beetroot pulao in a pan or pot. Then add water accordingly.

cooking beetroot rice

15. When the pressure settles down on its own, remove the lid. Gently fluff the beetroot rice. Garnish the rice with 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves. Serve beetroot rice with a side veggie salad or raita. For more beetroot recipes, you can check this collection of 14 Beetroot recipes.

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beetroot rice

Beetroot Rice

4.77 from 13 votes
This beetroot rice is slightly spicy with the sweetness of beetroot coming through in the spiced rice.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins

Cuisine South Indian
Course: Main Course

Servings 3 to 4
Units

Ingredients

prepping rice

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

whole spices

  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 2 to 3 green cardamoms
  • 1 inch cinnamon
  • 2 to 3 cloves
  • 5 to 6 black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds

remaining ingredients

  • 1 medium onion chopped or 1/3 cup chopped onion or 50 to 55 grams onions
  • 7 to 8 curry leaves or 1 small to medium tej patta (indian bay leaf)
  • 2 small to medium beetroots or 1 cup finely chopped beets 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 (cilantro leaves)
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (ground turmeric)
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder (ground coriander)
  • 1.5 to 2 cups water, i added 1.5 cups water
  • salt as required
  • 2 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves for garnish (cilantro leaves)

Instructions

prepping rice

  • 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.

making beetroot rice

  • Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pressure cooker. Then add all the whole spices. 
  • 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.
  • Add 1/3 cup chopped onion and 7 to 8 curry leaves.
  • Stir and saute till the onion start to become light golden.
  • Then add 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste, 1 to 2 green chilies (slit) and ¼ cup chopped coriander leaves. 
  • Saute for a few seconds till the raw aroma of ginger-garlic goes away.
  • 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.
  • Add ¼ tsp turmeric powder, ¼ tsp red chili powder and ½ tsp coriander powder. Mix and stir well. Add the rice.
  • Stir gently and saute for a minute.

cooking beetroot rice

  • 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.
  • Season with salt. Stir and mix. Taste the water and it should have a slightly salty taste.
  • Pressure cook on a medium flame for 2 whistles or for 8 to 9 minutes. You can also cook this beetroot pulao in a pan or pot. Add water accordingly.
  • When the pressure settles down on its own, remove the lid. Gently fluff the rice. 
  • Garnish with 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves. Serve beetroot rice with a side veggie salad or raita.

Nutrition Info Approximate values

Nutrition Facts
Beetroot Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 366 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 881mg38%
Potassium 236mg7%
Carbohydrates 61g20%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 245IU5%
Vitamin C 52.1mg63%
Calcium 48mg5%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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25 Comments

  1. Thank you for this healthy recipe and a tasty one, added beet root in my weekly veggie shopping

  2. Tried this recipe on rose day for gf. She’s still in the ICU… Turns out she’s allergic to beetroot.

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