Beet Palya (South Indian Stir Fry)
Recipe Type: Side Dishes
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Serves: 4
beets fried up with Indian spices, coconut, lemon and cilantro.
  • 3 cups beets, cubed
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • pinch of hing (asafoetida )
  • ½ teaspoon mustards seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon urad dal
  • 1 teaspoon chana dal
  • 2 fresh curry leaves (I usually freeze my leaves to keep them longer)
  • 1 dry red chili (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • salt to taste
  • 1-2 tablespoons frozen fresh grated coconut (optional since beets are pretty sweet)
  • lemon (optional)
  • cilantro for garnish
  1. Cut beets into small cubed pieces.
  2. In a pan heat oil under a medium flame.
  3. Put in a good pinch of hing.
  4. When it is golden, add the seeds and dal.
  5. When the urad dal starts to become brown, add the curry leaf and the chili broken in half.
  6. To this add the cut beets and turmeric.
  7. Mix it all up and continue to cook.
  8. Cover and check on them every few minutes. Add a few tablespoons of water to make sure the beets do not stick to the pan.
  9. Cook them for about 15-20 minutes until they are tender.
  10. Turn off the heat and add salt, lemon and coconut and mix.
  11. Garnish with cilantro.
Recipe by Honest Cooking by Mercato Fabbrica at