Thursday, April 3, 2014

Beet Curry - Sri Lankan Style (Throwback Thursday)


Original Beet Curry Photo 2012
Do you like beets?  I love beets. Well, I was introduced to beets in a curry so with all the amazing spices and flavors, it's an outstanding way to eat them. Now you can create these beets the simple way by buying a can of beets like I did here. This is actually my mother's recipe and that's how she made the dish so I don't question her method.  All I care about is the final dish and flavor so if she says uses can beets... I use can beets.  I'm a sucker for an easy dish anyway.... the the less I have to actually prep a dish all the better for me (no beet stained hands and cutting board here).  If you don't like beets, but love curry try this dish. You may never look at those "controversial" beets the same again.

1 (15oz) can beets (reserve 1/2 cup of beet juice)
12-15 curry leaves
1 medium onion chopped
1-2 green chilies sliced
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 tsp of fennugreek seeds
1/2 tsp of mustard seeds
1/4 tsp of turmeric
red chili powder to taste
1/2 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp of vinegar
salt to taste
1/2 cup of coconut milk (or cow's milk if you prefer)

 Heat 1 tsp of canola oil in a pan on medium high heat. When oil is hot, add the curry leaves, cinnamon stick, mustard seeds and fennugreek seeds for 30 seconds. Then add the onions and green chilies.  Saute for 2-3 minutes.

Then add the curry powder, turmeric, chili powder, sugar, salt and canned beets.  Fry for a few seconds.

 Add the beet canning liquid, vinegar and coconut milk. Bring curry to a simmer and cook for 2-3 minutes. Taste for seasoning and your dish is done. Serve with rice and mild curries like lentils. Enjoy.

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  1. oooo la la! This looks MIGHTY tasty! And I bet this would be a great sub. for beef!

  2. So very unusual - first time that I read of something like this, Ramona. Have a wonderful day. :)

  3. Wow! I love beets but have never had them in a curry before. How clever!

  4. Oh my,
    This saucy dish would definitely hit the spot! Yum!

  5. That is a pretty dish ! Reminds me of a curry one Tamilian friend used to make :)lovely flavors in there

  6. This sounds so interesting, and yes, I love beets!!! :)

  7. Very interesting dish, Ramona. Looks incredible!

  8. I love beets. My sister and I have been eating them since we were little. Strange to see little ones eating beets huh? But we loved them. I am positive that I would adore this dish. Looks lovely!

  9. Wow - you curry just about anything, don't you? Looks delicious! :)

  10. What an exquisite curry! My mum is a best fanatic so she will go ape over this :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  11. Your curry is such a gorgeous color, between the orange sauce and the pink beets. Very appetizing!

  12. I love curries! We are having an Indian curry for dinner tonight. This looks really interesting with the beets, great idea!

  13. I've never seen a beet curry, but yours looks divine!!! The colors are beautiful, my friend!!!

  14. I still haven't tried beets with curry, but this looks delicious! Great to learn something new!

  15. Beef curry is one of my favourites. Thank you for this recipe. :-)

  16. Very different take on beets. I'm sending my daughter to your site, she wants to learn to make curries. This is a great spot for her.

  17. I love beetroot and my partner loves curries. This is the prefect combination of both! :D

  18. Wow,beet in curry,very interesting,i like that you add green chilli in it sound YUMMY spicy curry !!

  19. Have heard of this for the first time and this really looks yumm! Will try it out, thanks for sharing :)

  20. So that's what curry leaves look like on the branch. I had no idea. :) I love beets and think your dish sounds awesome.

  21. I might even learned to love beetroot with your curry seasoning! It certainly looks delicious!

  22. I haven't had much experience with beets but this is a beautiful dish. My son tells me that beet root powder is a good anti-inflammatory.


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