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Rutabaga Masala

 Published 2008-Apr-27   Updated 2018-Jun-25

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Indian Style Rutabaga Side, Rutabaga Sabzi)

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Rutabagas are similar to turnip with a mild sweet flavor. It tastes almost like potatoes when cooked. The same recipe can be used to make turnip masla, potato masala too.

Recipe For Rutabaga Masala


  • Rutabaga/Turnip - 1 (chopped into small cubes)
  • Onion - 1 (finely chopped)
  • Tomatoes - 2-3 (finely chopped or pureed)
  • Ginger garlic paste - 2 tsp
  • Coconut - 1 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Dry red chillies - 6
  • Coriander seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Whole garam masala - (1 cinnamon, 3-4 cloves, 1 bay leaf, 2-3 cardoon)
  • Cilantro - for garnish
  • Salt - to taste



  1. Fry the cubed rutabaga/turnip with 1 tbsp of oil until it browns nicely and keep aside.

    Rutabaga Masala Step

  2. Dry roast the coconut, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, dry red chillies, coriander seeds and grind them.
  3. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a pan, spatter some mustard seeds, whole garam masala and curry leaves.
  4. Saute the onions till they are nicely browned.
  5. Next add the ginger garlic paste followed by the tomatoes. Cover and cook till the tomatoes are nice and soft.
  6. Next add the ground masala along with some turmeric and salt. Add the browned rutabaga/turnip with little water as needed.
  7. Cover and cook for 7- 10 minutes until a nice masala is ready.
  8. Garnish with cilantro. Serve with any roti or rice.

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Comments (8)

Person   ()
6 whole chillies for this tiny amount of sabji will drive your tongue absolutely mad. I say no more than one here, if even that much.
Person   ()
Please add the spices as per your taste. In our family, we love everything spicy. Moreover this vegetable has a natural sweetness. So these chilies are perfect to balance the taste.
Person   ()
hi Dahlia,
I tried this yesterday. it was nice. i used dessicated coconut instead of fresh coconut. may be more tastier in fresh coconut, if used.
i also tried with potatoe/green peas. added little bit pav bhaji masala in this as my son will not eat turnip.
i had brought the same to office today and my colleagues liked it very much. thanks for the lovely recipe.
Person   ()
That's great!!
Person   ()
hi Dahlia,
can i use the dessicated coconut instead of the fresh one? I hope it is made after extracting the coconut milk from it.
Person   ()
Here in US, people who do not have access to fresh coconut use dessicated one. It doesn't taste the same as fresh ones but a good substitute.
Person   ()
Hi If we were to substitute ths recipe with potatoes, how many potatoes do we need?
Person   ()
You could use 2 large / 3 medium sized potatoes for the recipe,

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