Thursday, November 27, 2008

Beetroot Pulao | Beets rice recipe

I learnt this recipe from my aunt when cooking became a routine activity for me ( i.e. after getting married) . I wanted to try something new everyday & impress my hubby.., those were the days when we stepped into "Gruhasthashrama".

My hubby is a ready-to-eat rice freak. what I mean is.., he enjoys eating pulaos, bhaths, mixed rice..etc.., more than the traditional South Indian rasam/sambar & rice. This is when I started learning & preparing lot of mixed rices & pulaos. Here is one such rice/pulao learnt during those wonderful days, but somehow this had washed out from my memory until few days back :(...., I prepared it yesterday & enjoyed eating..


3 cups grated beets/beetroot
2 cups rice (basmati preferred)
2 tbsp dry fruits ( I used raisins + cashew nuts)
1/2 cup frozen green peas, sweet corn or baby lima beans(I used lima beans this time, but I have prepared using peas & corn too.., both taste equally good)
1 medium sized onion sliced
1/2 inch ginger grated
1 inch cinnamon
3 cloves
2 cardamom
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp cumin powder/jeera powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder/dhania powder
1 tsp pulao masala ( I used MTR pulao masala)
1/2 tsp jeera/cumin seeds
1/2 cup yogurt/curd
coriander leaves (for garnishing)
3 cups water
salt according to taste.
2 tbsp butter/oil

  • Wash & soak the basmati rice for 20-30 minutes.
  • Heat the pressure cooker/pan, add butter to it. When butter is hot, add cumin seeds.
  • Add the sliced dry fruits, cinnamon, cardamom & cloves. Fry it till the dry fruits become golden brown.
  • Add ginger, onions & saute till the onions are soft.
  • Now add lima beans & cook it in oil for a minute.
  • Add the grated beetroot & mix well.
  • Now add all the dry spices (red chilli powder, dhania powder, jeera powder, pulao masala & garam masala)
  • Add water & salt. Bring the water to a boil & then add the curd to it.
  • Drain the water from the rice & add the soaked rice. Add the salt & mix gently. 
  • Close the lid of the pressure cooker & cook it for 1 whistle on high heat..
  • Allow the cooker to cool, fluff the rice gently & coriander leaves.
  • Serve it hot with a raitha of your choice.


Tip of the Day:
Don't discard the skin of the lemon squeezed, instead rub your elbows or face using the lemon skin.., it will reduce the tan on the skin & act as a natural bleach to the skin. This tip is for people having oily or normal skin. If you have dry skin, avoid using lemon juice on your face or on hands.

I'm sending this rice to Sunshine Mom's FIC purple event


  1. Glorious pulav, Sush! I always think but forget to let you know that the baby looks very warm and cute:)

  2. Beetroot rice is something new to me. Looks cool! Good one Sush

  3. looks good.. but when do we add the beetroot in the process?

  4. Hi Sushma,

    I liked this Beetroot Rice recipe, but you never mentioned when to add the grated Beetroot in the method.. Plz let me know.. Thanks..


  5. Wow!!!! Yummy beetroot rice without the beetroot. Incredible

  6. @Anonymous,
    @Hema Raghavendra,
    Sorry. My bad!
    I am noticing these comments now. I have modified the method. Thanks a lot for helping me correct it.



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