Beetroot Poriyal Recipe - Stir Fried Beetroot

A simple South Indian Stir fry, Beetroot Poriyal is a combination of Beetroot sauteed along with coconut and other basic spices. Goes really well along with Steamed Rice and Sambar and even phulkas.

Archana Doshi
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The Beetroot Poriyal Recipe also known as Beetroot Curry is a delicious and healthy preparation of the beetroot vegetable. In this recipe, the beetroot is steamed and seasoned with mustard leaves, curry leaves, asafoetida and coconut.

Sometimes we add finely chopped onions as well to give it an added flavor. A very nutritious dish which can be served to children from 6 months of age.

Did you know: Beetroot is of exceptional nutritional value; especially the greens, which are rich in calcium, iron and vitamins A and C. Beetroots are an excellent source of folic acid and a very good source of fiber, manganese and potassium. The greens should not be overlooked; they can be cooked up and enjoyed in the same way as spinach.

Serve Beetroot Poriyal Recipe along with Mixed Vegetable SambarSteamed Rice and Elai Vadam for a delicious weekday lunch.

If you like this recipe, you can also try other Poriyal Recipes, that you can serve with your South Indian Meals.

  1. Carrot and Beans Poriyal Recipe
  2. Karamani Poriyal Recipe
  3. Vendakkai Poriyal Recipe

Course: Lunch
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep in

10 M

Cooks in

30 M

Total in

40 M


4 Servings


  • 2 Beetroot , diced small
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 1 teaspoon White Urad Dal (Split)
  • 4 to 5 Curry leaves , roughly torn
  • 1/4 teaspoon Asafoetida (hing)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh coconut , grated
  • Oil , as required
  • Salt , to taste
  • Optional ingredients
  • 1/2 cup Pearl onions (Sambar Onions) , finely chopped
  • 2 Green Chillies , finely chopped

How to make Beetroot Poriyal Recipe - Stir Fried Beetroot

  1. To begin making the Beetroot Poriyal Recipe, we will first steam the beetroot. I personally like to use a pressure cooker, but you can use a steamer or directly cook on the wok. 

  2. To begin pressure cooking the beetroot, place the chopped beetroot into the cooker, sprinkle some salt and add 2 to 3 tablespoons of water.

  3. Cover the pressure cooker, place the weight and cook until you hear 2 whistles. After 2 whistles turn off the heat. Place the pressure cooker under cold running water to release the pressure immediately.

  4. Beetroot cooks quickly and hence we are releasing the pressure immediately. Once the pressure is released, open the cooker and keep the beetroot aside.

  5. Our next step is to season the beetroot.

  6. Heat a teaspoon of oil in a heavy bottomed pan; add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, urad dal and curry leaves.

  7. Allow the urad dal to roast until lightly brown. If you are adding the onions and green chillies, add it at this stage and saute until soft and the raw smell goes away.

  8. Next add the asafoetida, turmeric powder, steamed beetroot and salt and stir fry for about a minutes until well combined. Check the salt levels and adjust to suit your taste.

  9. Finally garnish with fresh grated coconut and transfer it to a serving bowl.

  10. Serve Beetroot Poriyal Recipe along with Mixed Vegetable SambarSteamed Rice and Elai Vadam for a delicious weekday lunch.