Beetroot Poriyal

"Beetroot Poriyal or Beetroot Thoran is a tasty vegan and gluten-free stir-fried beetroot recipe from India. Very easy to make, this quick beetroot recipe gets ready under 30 minutes and is a specialty of South India."
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This plant-based beet dish is a vibrant addition to your weeknight repetoire, or as part of an Indian-inspired meal. 

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Prep time 10mins
Cook time 15mins
Serves or Makes: 5

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  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon urad dal, (split skinned black gram)
  • 6 pearl onions
  • 2 green chilies, finely chopped
  • sprig curry leaves
  • 2 large beets, finely chopped or grated
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 3 tablespoons grated coconut
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1/2 lime, juiced


  • Step 1

    Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and urad dal to it. Once the seeds start spluttering add the onions, green chilies and curry leaves.

  • Step 2

    When the onions turn translucent add the chopped beets and grated ginger. Mix everything, cover the pan and allow to cook for 5-7 minutes.

  • Step 3

    Finally, add the grated coconut, mix and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

  • Step 4

    Switch off the gas, add fresh lime juice and serve with rice and rasam/ samabhar/ dal.

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