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Indian cuisine is a riot of colours, flavours, and spices. Every state has its own unique culture- ingrained taste bud. And, to many of us staying within familiar tastes is a sacrosanct act. Of course an occasional trip to a speciality restaurant that serves another fare is ok. But, as a matter of routine ...at home...NO!

One of the benefits of being born to parents who dared an interstate marriage (am talking about India of the 70's) was being able to widen a regional taste bud to accept, experiment and, relish eclectic cuisines :-)

I love food! Be it traditional or fusion, cooking is all about turning out fare that is tasty and healthy.I welcome all lovers of good food to come on aboard and share your kitchen adventures.

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Dershana

Friday, July 25, 2008

Beetroot mezhukkuvaratti (Stir fried beets)

Beets are rich in potassium, manganese, and folates. They are acclaimed to be natural cholestrol busters. Their high 'soluble fibre' content helps optimize high cholestrol levels while the flavonoid and caretenoid content prevent oxidization of the bad cholestrol 'LDL' in the arteries.
The red pigment abundant in beets are also said to have anti-cancer properties.
Beetroot - 3 medium sized
Garlic - 3 cloves
Green chillies - 5 Nos
For the seasoning
Broken black gram (urad/uzhunnu) - 1 teaspoon (5 gms)
Yellow lentils (toor dhal/sambhar paruppu) - 2 teaspoons ( 10 gms)
Dry red chillies - 3 Nos
Curry leaves - 4 sprigs
Olive oil - 1 teaspoon
Pressure/ Steam cook the whole beets with the jackets on. Cool, peel and cut into strips. Chop the garlic and slit the green chillies. Heat the olive oil in a skillet and add the black gram and yellow lentils. Stir fry till they change colour. Add the dry red chillies and curry leaves. Add the garlic and saute. Add the beets and saute till the flavours mix. Add the green chillies and saute till the green chillies start to wilt. Add salt to taste.
Serve with plain steamed rice.

2 comments:

easycrafts said...

Looks yummy...

delhibelle said...

Hi Dershana,
This looks so colourful and healthy!
Thanks for dropping by my blog and inviting me here. Will keep stopping by:)

 
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