Sunday 24 November 2013

Beetroot Kurma / Beetroot Potato Kurma - South Indian Style

This coconut based beetroot gravy / kurma is a perfect accompaniment for chappathi, poori or any Indian bread varieties; also a tasty way of including this health rich vegetable in our diet!

Serves - 4 to 5 persons 


Beetroot – 1 (big)
Potato - 1 (medium size)
Onion – 1(finely chopped)
Tomato – 1 (finely chopped)
Ginger garlic paste - 1 ½ tsp
Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste
Coriander leaves – to garnish

To Grind:
Grated Coconut – ¾ cup
Cashew nut - 5
Roasted channa dhal (pottukadalai) - 2 tsp (I used this)
Fennel seeds (saunf) – 1 tsp

For Seasoning:
Oil - for seasoning
Cinnamon – 1
Cloves – 2
Cardamom – 1
Bay leaf- 1


Wash and scrape the skin of beetroot and potato; cut into bite size cubes. Keep aside.

Pressure cook beetroot and potato for one whistle adding very little water. Keep aside.

Grind coconut, roasted channa dhal and fennel seeds using water; keep aside.

Heat oil in a kadai; season it with bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom.  After it crackles, add finely chopped onion and fry till colour changes.

Saute till the colour changes after that add ginger garlic paste, tomatoes, red chilli powder and salt.

Fry till tomato melts. Add little water, if it sticks to the pan.

Then add coconut paste and cooked vegetable along with a cup of water.  Mix well.

Close the pan with a lid and allow it to boil till the gravy thickens. Let it simmer for 10 minutes or till the oil comes out.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

Beetroot Kurma

You can also prepare this dish using only beetroot and without potato.

Adjust the water quantity and spice level according to your taste.

Beetroot Poriyal / Beetroot Stir Fry


  1. color looks so vibrant..I've some beetroot in my refrigerator...will try this and let you know..

  2. poorni, presentation photography looks awesome,,, feel like cooking right away,,,, daily post this kind of receipes,,, so that we shall follow the same for dinner dear.... :)

  3. Thank you friends; it's your encouraging feedback that keeps me going.

  4. so colourful!!sure it is delicious!

  5. will it give sweet taste?. looks colourful..

  6. Natural sweetness will be there; but not dominating. You can also increase the amount of red chilli powder.
    Try and let me know.

  7. Wow love the vibrant color in the kurma...

  8. Yummy taste.New to me .Thanks for remainding.

  9. Ur recipe is just in time :) Was thinking what to do with beetroots at refrigerator :)

  10. yesterday i made it for chapathi. It came out well. My sons liked the taste
    very much. Suggest more recepies for kids. :)

  11. Thank you priya for trying my recipes and glad that your kids liked it. Special thanks for your prompt feedback.

  12. super delicious kurma to have it with chapathi

  13. Tried this recipe with poori and chappatti. It's very delicious and smells authentic!! Thanks to Poornima's cook book.

  14. Thank you deepa, for visiting my blog and trying out the recipe. Really happy to know that you enjoyed the beetroot kurma recipe.


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