Beetroot is chopped and cooked in oil along with whole spices. Peanuts and sesame seeds are lightly roasted and ground into powder with spices and added to the beetroot curry as a finishing step. Serve beetroot curry with peanuts powder over plain steamed rice or wrapped in a roti.
Makes: around 2 Servings of Beetroot with Peanuts Powder.
Raw Peanuts 1/4 Cup
Sesame Seeds 4 Tbsps
Whole Red Chiles 2 – 3
Salt to Taste
Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves 5
Oil 2 tsps
Method of preparation:
Heat a pan on low heat, add raw peanuts and roast them till they turn golden brown on all sides.
Remove the peanuts from heat, add sesame seeds.
Toast the sesame seeds for few seconds and remove from heat.
Heat 1/4 tsp of oil in the same pan, add broken red chiles and fry till aromatic or until they are crisp and turn dark.
Cool the ingredients to room temperature.
Grind roasted peanuts, sesame seeds, red chiles and salt into somewhat coarse powder.
Peel, wash, remove ends and chop the beetroot into small pieces.
Heat oil in a pan on medium flame, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When mustard seeds start spluttering, add beetroot pieces and salt.
Cook covered on low flame for around 10 minutes or until beetroot turns soft but not mushy.
Add a splash of water if the beetroot tends to stick to bottom of the pan.
Uncover, stir in a tablespoon or two of ground peanuts sesame powder and remove from heat.
Serve beetroot curry with peanuts powder over plain steamed rice or wrapped in a roti.
Notes: Make sure beetroot is cooked properly.
Suggestions: If the beetroot or chana dal is not cooked properly, add a splash of water and cook covered on low flame till done. Store any remaining peanuts sesame powder in a jar for later use.
Variations: Check other beetroot recipes here.
Other Names: Beetroot with Peanuts Powder.