Monday, September 16, 2013

Beetroot Pachadi- For Onam

I know I have been away for some time now. I have no excuse for my absence except for the fact that I have been a little lazy in publishing the recipes. Yes that's tight. I have been cooking and photographing on a regular basis. But typing the recipes and posting them has somehow taken a back seat. 

It's not that that I have not tried posting the recipes. I have been trying desperately to post this recipe for quite sometime now. But something or the other comes up and the post gets procrastinated. I am not sure if it is my imagination but I feel that, in Nairobi, time moves at a faster pace. 

This recipe for beetroot pachadi has been in my drafts for almost two months. I have been trying to post the recipe literally one line a day. But fortunately or unfortunately I could only complete this post on Onam. This dish is a Kerala style dish that is served as a side dish to rice and breads. This yogurt based curry is a delicious part of the traditional Onam Sadya. Give this vibrant curry a try and I am sure you will be as addicted to this as I am.

Beetroot pachadi recipe:
Preparation time: 20min
Cooking time- 10min
Serves- 4

Beetroot- 1med sized, peeled and grated
Turmeric- 1/4tsp
Chili powder- 1/2tsp
Thick yogurt- 1 cup
Salt to taste
For the ground mixture:
Freshly grated coconut- 1/2 cup
Cumin seeds- 1/2tsp
Shallots- 3-4, finely chopped
Mustard seeds- 1/4tsp
For the seasoning:
Oil- 1tbsp
Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
Red chili- 1
Shallot- 1, finely chopped
Asafetida- a pinch
Curry leaves- 1 sprig


  • Mix the grated beetroot with the turmeric and red chili powder. Add a little water and cook till soft and dry.
  • Grind all the ingredients mentioned under "ground mixture" along with a little water to a fine paste and add to the cooked beetroot.
  • Whisk the yogurt till smooth and add to the beetroot mixture. Stir in the salt and mix well.
  • For the seasoning, heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds. Once they pop, add the red chili, asafetida and curry leaves and fry till crisp. 
  • Add the seasoning mixture to the pachadi and serve immediately with steamed rice.


  1. Replies
    1. A remarkable feature and also an inevitable part of this festival is the Onam Sadya which means "Grand feast". A typical Onam feast is pure vegetarian and traditional Kerala Recipes are prepared and served on banana leaves. Happy Onam 2014 for all my readers.

  2. looks so marvelous!!!Loved the flavors :)Happy Onam...

  3. Beet pachadi has been shared by many foodies yet I have never made it. I can see how delicious it is from the pictures you have shared. Next take at home will be this amazing yet simple pachadi.

  4. wow very very delicious and healthy pachadi :)

  5. Very catchy,gorgeous and very colourful pachadi..Inviting.

  6. Wow amazing clicks of yummy beetroot pachadi...

  7. awesome clicks.. beetroot pachadi is appealing
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