Sweet, salty, tangy, crunchy beet salad
Beets are highly nutritious and calorie friendly root vegetables. They are a unique source of phytonutrients called betalains which provide antioxiadant, anti-inflammatory and detoxification support. These betalains undergo a steady loss as cooking time increases, so make sure you keep steaming time for beets under 15 minutes. Reference – whfoods.com
This is a simple, easy to make, yet a tasty recipe from my mom.
2 cups shredded steamed beet (around 2 medium beets) 1/4 cup ground roasted peanuts 1/4 tsp fennel seeds (optional See Notes below) 1 tsp lemon juice 2 tsp तिळाची चटणी or 1 tsp sesame seeds (optional) 1/4 cup finely chopped tomato (optional) 2-3 chopped green chilies 3-4 curry leaves 1/4 tsp mustard seeds 1/4 tsp cumin seeds 1/4 tsp hing 1 tsp oil salt to taste
Wash and peel beets and cut them into halves. I usually steam beets along with rice in a pressure cooker for 3 whistles. It takes around 10-12 minutes if you are using a steamer.
Once they are cooked properly, transfer them into a pot containing ice water before you start gratin;. so that they cool down quickly.
Add chopped tomato, roasted peanut powder (roughly grounded), sesame seeds, fennel seeds lemon juice and salt and mix well.
Heat oil in a small tadka pan, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds when oil becomes hot. Add hing powder, chopped green chilies and curry leaves. Transfer this seasoned oil to the bowl containing beets and mix well.
You can substitue lemon juice with yogurt if you like, but make sure it brings enough tanginess to the dish.
Beets contain lot of natural sugar, so don’t add sugar until you taste it.
Roughly grounded peanuts add a nice crunch. I also like to use pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds instead of peanuts.
I love fennel seeds in such recipes, but they are completely optional.
Sesame seeds are also optional, they don’t add any taste but make the dish healthier with good fats. You can also try flaxseed powder instead.
Since beet juice can stain your skin, wearing kitchen gloves is a good idea when handling beets. If your hands become stained during the cleaning and cooking process, simply rub some lemon juice on them to remove the stain.
Hope you will enjoy it!