For the most part of my life, I have stayed away from beets. Even after knowing the numerous health benefits, I did not bring beets into my life for a long time.
It was only recently since I started juicing, this ingredient has slowly found it’s way into the grocery list, and also in my mini vegetable garden.
Beets are a great source of folate and hence, a must for pregnant women. They are also known for lowering blood pressure and good for heart health. Because of it’s detoxification and blood purifying properties, I try to add this into my diet regularly.
One of the most easiest ways to include beets in your lifestyle is in your morning juice/smoothie. Sauteed beets, is a dish I make once in a while, when I get too bored of juicing or during winters when I am in the mood for something warm.
Also, I do not discard the beet greens. Just chop them finely and saute them just like the sauteed beets for a healthy side. Sometimes, I even add eggs into it and serve it with roti or bread for an easy dinner.
Sauteed beets, is a simple dish that comes together very quickly. The only difficult part is the grating process which I always hand it to my husband if he is around. Grating root vegetables like carrots and beets is the job I dread the most, but the veggies look much more appetizing this way.
- ½ tablespoon oil
- ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
- ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1 tablespoon chana dal (or chopped cashew nuts)
- ½ cup chopped onions (optional)
- 1 green chili, finely chopped
- 2 medium beetroots, washed, peeled and grated
- ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt or as needed
- 2 tablespoon shredded or desiccated coconut
- Heat oil in a nonstick pan on medium heat. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, chana dal or cashews and saute until the chana dal or cashews have turned golden.
- Next, add the onions and green chilies. Saute for 2-3 minutes until the onions are translucent.
- Add grated beets, mix well and saute on medium-high until the beets are cooked through.
- Add turmeric powder, salt and coconut. Saute for a minute more and serve as a side with roti or rice.