Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Beetroot Rasam

Beetroot Rasamis can be a starter like soup or you can have it with plain rice. This is one of my old recipe and try to update with pics and some information too. I am adding a tip given by shivuH who is my follower and a friend I can say. I have cooked the beetroot with its skin and then removed the outer of beet just like potato. It is easy and good too. Remember to soak the whole beet in normal water for at least 20 minutes. It helps to reduce the chemical which is used while growing beet.
When you feel like having something different, healthy and energetic you can think of making this Beetroot Rasam.

It is easy to prepare as I always say about my recipes are easy. It is healthy I can say since beetroot contain many many healthy qualities.I have used very little toor dal which is protein content. Spices are usually at home and M. T. R. or Mayya's Rasam powder is best to use to get good aroma and proper rasam taste.
Lets see some benefits of having Beetroot in our diet:
Beetroot decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart diseases. It also helps to promote a healthy complexion and hair. It helps in providing good energy. Beetroot helps to maintain the blood pressure and good for digestion. It helps to control the blood sugar level and good for anemia. It reduces the bad cholesterol. It is high in soluble fiber and eases the constipation problems. It also helps to boost brain power. Beetroots contain potassium, magnesium, fiber, phosphorus, iron, vitamins A, B, C, beta carotene, beta cyanine, folic acid. They are a wonderful tonic for the liver and works as a purifier for the blood.
Lets see the recipe now :

Things Needed :

To Cook :
Beetroot : 1
Toor Dal : 2 Tablespoons
To : Grind :
Cooked Beetroot:
Rasam Powder : 2 Tablespoons
Ingh : a little
To Add
Water : 2 to 3 Cups
Mustard seeds and Urid dal Seasing : 1 Teaspoon oil or ghee, mustard seeds, urid dal (1/2 Teaspoon each), curry leaves and ingh
Coriander leaves " 2 Tablespoon
Curry leaves : 6 to 8 (to the seasoning)
Ingh : a pinch
Turmeric powder : a little (1/4 Teaspoon)
Tamarind pulp : a small marble size tamarind
Salt : as required
Methi seeds : 1/4 Teaspoon
Green chilly : 1 

Method : 

1. Wash and pressure cook, toor dal and beetroot with its skin for 6 to 8 minutes.(Keep beetroot separately in a bowl). Leave it for cooling.

2. Soak tamarind in hot water and squeeze out the pulp and keep it aside.
3. Remove the outer layer of beetroot (like potato skin), and cut it in to small pieces.
4. Now grind beet pieces with rasam powder and remove from the mixi jar.

5. Take a big pan and add cooked toor dal (just mash it a little before adding water), ground beetroot mixture, tamarind pulp.
6. Add 2 to 3 cups of water and salt. Add, Cut green chilly, methi seeds and turmeric powder. Mix it well and bring it to boil.

7. Add muster-urid dal, curry leaves and ingh seasoning with ghee or oil. Shift the Beetroot rasam to a serving dish.
8. Add cut coriander leaves and serve Beetroot rasam as soup or with plain rice as one of the side dish.

Home made Rasam Powder recipe :

Roast  1/4 tea spoon of methi, 2 table spoons coriander seeds, 6 to 8 red chillies and 1/2 tea spoon of jeera  one by one till brown. Add pinch of ingh and curry leaves and roast . Dry grind when the mixture turns cool.

Note : 

Adding garlic is optional. (Beetroot rasam goes well with fried garlic). I have not used. Using ghee is optional. Adding moong dal instead of toor dal is also an optional. Adding water to the rasam (thick or thin) is also optional. Mashing cooked dal helps rasam to get good binding.Adding green chilly gives good aroma. Adding any brand of rasam powder is optional.

Serves : 4 to 5
Time : 30 minutes.


  1. Hi Nalini Aunty,
    Recipe sounds yum
    Must try...and healthy too.
    thk u so much. One tip abt beetroots instead of making pieces and cooking, i prefer pressure cook whole beetroot then you can easily peel and cut it. And also ur hands wont get red colour , if u get little colour also it wil go whn u wash. Not stain as raw.You can try this tip.
    But Thx lot for recipe aunty...


  2. Hello ShivuH thanks for the tip..I feel better wash and cut the skin of the beetroot and cut them in to pieces because 1. Now a days lots of chemicals used in growing vegetables. You must be knowing that to keep the washed vegetables as it is in normal normal water and then use for cooking.
    And another thing is the cut vegetables cook faster and it will be soft. which is always good for kids and elders.
    Hope you don't mind my suggestions....
    Anyways each one have their own style ....if it is free of chemicals surely YOU can go as you said.
    Thanks for the suggestion. Keep writing your opinions ShivuH.
    Nalini Somayaji

  3. one more thing ShivuH
    Beetroot should be washed before cutting and after removing the outer skin and then again. No need to wash after cutting into pieces.
    Nalini Somayaji

  4. Hello Aunty,
    Yes u r right. But its like cooking potato, the skin will come easily.and we can wash after peeling skin.Dont mind...:) its my opinion.But ur recipe sounds really nice. I will try it soon. Thx :) And if u have any kid friendly healthy recipes, pls post them.


  5. Hello Shivaleela,
    Feel free to express your opinions. It helps each other to exchange our ideas. I liked it the way you said.
    Will try to cook beetroot, in your way.
    Will try and post those kids loving recipes when I try those items.
    Thanks dear for encouraging.
    Nalini Somayaji.

  6. Hello Aunty,
    Thk u so much.
    I live in london with my hubby and my little son(will be completing 2 yrs in next mth), Its gr8 help frm ur rrecipes tried few.Looking forward to many more.
    Thx again.


  7. Hello Shivaleela..very nice encouraging words from You. Thank You.
    My son is the inspiration for this particular blog. He too lives in U.K.in Oxford. He lives with his wife. It all started to help him to cook easily.
    I am very happy since it is helping people.
    Nalini Somayaji

  8. Namasthe Madam,
    I am an bachelor.I have to cook myself for lunch and meals.Since last one year I am following your blog,today I thought of give my vote of thanks.
    Thank you so much for your blog.

    1. Namaste SriNakshatriyavare....
      Thank you very much for the nice comment. I am happy that my blog helpful to you ....

      With Regards .
      Nalini Somayaji.

  9. Yummy and colorful rasam!! very comforting!!


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