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Beetroot Rasam

 Published 2013-May-05   Updated 2017-Jul-03

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Beetroot Soup)

Beetroot Rasam

One of my favorite vegetable is beetroot. Usually I make sautéed beetroot fry or beetroot poriyal with coconut gratings. Sometimes I also make beetroot halwa or beetroot paruppusili which is my son’s favorite dish with the vegetable. The mildly sweet taste of beetroot along with its high nutritive value and beautiful color makes it our family most liked vegetable.

Recently I visited my friend’s house warming ceremony and they forced me to taste their traditional meal. They were udupi madhavas and their cuisine boasts a unique and distinctive taste. I have learnt a couple of recipes from them earlier, one of them being tangy capsicum gojju, which I have already shared with all of you. I again learnt a wonderful and healthy rasam recipe from them using beetroot called as Beetroot rasam. The bright color of beetroot and the aroma of garlic and rasam powder give this rasam a stimulating flavor and appeal. Since the beetroot is boiled along with tur dhal and is completely mashed along with the cooked water, all the nutrients are completely retained.

Beetroots have a wide range of health benefits due to th its nutritional content. They are rich in vitamins, especially vitamin C; minerals like magnesium, copper, iron and phosphorous and organic compounds like carotenoids, glycine, betaine and dietary fiber. They are very low in cholesterol and also low in calories. Thus, consumption of beetroot helps to prevent cardiovascular diseases in multiple ways, so conditions like heart attacks and strokes are less likely to develop. Consumption of beetroots also helps in preventing skin, colon and lung cancer. Since beetroot is rich in vitamin C, that is an antioxidant, it helps to prevent asthma and other respiratory related ailments. Since it is also rich in iron content, it also prevents developing anemia. These lists of health benefits along with its lip smacking taste motivate me to make this rasam at least once a week. Try making this rasam this weekend and raise a toast to great taste and good health.

Recipe for Beetroot Rasam

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • Beetroot - 1
  • Toor Dal - 1/2 cup (Soak for half an hour)
  • Garlic - 4-6 cloves
  • Tamarind - Lemon sized soaked in water
  • Rasam Powder - 1 tsp

For Tempering

  • Oil/Ghee - 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds -  1/2 tsp
  • Curry Leaves - 1 spring
  • Asafoetida - a pinch
  • Dry Red Chilly - 1

Method

  1. Wash the beetroot and peel the skin. Cut it into cubes.
  2. Cook the beetroot, garlic and the toor dal together with enough water till the dal is mashy. You could pressure cook for 2 whistles or cook it in the microwave.
  3. Mash the dal and beets together with a masher or with the back of a spoon. You can also pulse it in a blender or mixie.
  4. Heat oil or ghee in a kadai. Splutter the mustard seeds, curry leaves, dry red chilly and asafoetida.
  5. Add the tamarind juice, mashed beetroot and dal, rasam powder and salt. Add water to bring to your desired consistency.
  6. Bring it to a boil and switch off immediately. Garnish with cilantro (coriander leaves). Your beetroot rasam is ready to be Served with rice and papad.

Tips

  • You can use home made or store bought rasam powder. If you do not have rasam powder, just add 1/2 tsp of cumin powder, 1/2 tsp of pepper powder and 1/8 tsp of turmeric powder.

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Comments (9)

Person   ()
its a **** Recipe do not try its waste of time..... i have tried it the tasteless..
Person   ()
Hi Ayesha... This recipe has been tried and tested by many. They all have liked it. Do try it out once again. Make sure you add all the ingredients correctly. You can always adjust the ingredients to suit to your taste.

Please do use decent language while commenting!!
Person   ()
thanks its realy nice.......
Person   ()
u r welcome.
Person   ()
Hi Dahlia

thank you for the best wishes to Aish. Yes she wil be a good partner but is too busy with her school, classes, do not have breathing time for them. no choice have to work under pressure.
kindly let me know whether u can see the blog and any suggestions
Person   ()
Hi Dahlia

i made it today and really very tasty. loved it. only change as usual instead of tamarind, i used amchur powder and a dash of lime juice.
Person   ()
Good good. Even i make rasam with just lemon juice. I love the taste.
Person   ()
Hi Dahlia

nice one. shall try it when i make rice. by the way, have opened a blog viz. rasavinsuvai.blogspot.com and posted on recipe on 5th May 2013. still have to work on that. not getting time as my daughter's schedule are very tight. (SSC) shall definitely share recipes with you too.
Person   ()
Awesome!! Congrats on starting your own blog. It will be a good hobby. I'm sure Aiswarya will be a good partner in maintaining it. All the best for her board preparations.

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