Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Beet, Onion And Cilantro Curry + Poop Watching

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Day3 of BM#5:: I know many folks who despise Beets. Its totally understandable given that they taste like dirt. Besides staining the hands while cutting,ruining the manicure, it also stains your stools injecting a healthy dose of fear in you.Seriously, if one sees dark reddish poo it does make one think that they have one foot in the grave. Hey don't heckle me for "poop watching"..each poop-string/poop-goop has a story to tell. Umm, I am not making it up. It seems that the color, texture and length all are "some kind of health indicators". So are yours sinkers or floaters and what do they mean. Get the "scoop on poop" here.
Anyways, coming to the topic of interest, Beets are good for health. Beets have phytonutrients that have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification properties. It is a fact that these nutrients are lost when overcooked and such. While I don't like the idea of overcooking I don't like them raw either. So I cook them for 8-10 minutes with a basic masala so they don't taste like dirt no more.So how do you like it?
  • 2 Medium Red Beets
  • 1 Medium Red Onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 Dry Red Chili (remove seeds to reduce the heat)
  • 1 Tsp Coriander Powder (Optional, I skipped it)
  • 1/4" Ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2-3 Tbsp Fresh Grated Coconut
  • 1/2 Cup Cilantro, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt for taste
  • In a wide pan, heat a tbsp of oil and brown the onion along with red chili, garlic and ginger. The onions should be really browned.
  • Add the chopped cilantro just before switching off the stove. Cool this mixture and grind to a fine paste.
  • Peel and julienne(cut into matchsticks) the beets. If the skin is tender don't peel it.
  • In the same pan, add the remaining 2 tbsp of oil and saute the cut beets for 2 minutes so that the oil coats its evenly. Pour the finely ground paste into the pan.
  • Grind the coconut with little water to a fine paste. Pour it into the pan as well along with Coriander powder if using. Stir and add salt. Check for taste. Add more salt if needed. Sprinkle "little" water and lid the pan. Cook for 7-8 minutes in medium flame or until they are firm but tender.

Check out the Blogging Marathoners doing BM#5:
Curry in a hurry under 30 min: Cool Lassi(e), Harini, Kalyani, Priya Mahadevan, Suma
Seven Days of Colorful Dishes Kid's Special: Priya Suresh, Veena,
Seven Days of Indian Sweets: Shylaja, Srivalli
Seven Days of Regional Specials: Priya Yallapantula
Under 15 mins Quick Breakfast:Aarthi, Vaishali

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  1. bright red or oh which ever color what does it matter as long quick and healthy.

  2. Healthy ,yummy dish ,full of flavors...good info too".

  3. Lovely and colorful,looks so delicious..thanks for sharing dear.

  4. Interesting addition of ginger and cilantro!! shall try this out the next time!

  5. Lovely curry. I am totally for beets and like it loads too :)

  6. Love the curry, specially the julienned beets, great idea. Poop story, yes, I heard about it. My son loves to see his poop color change with various foods :)

  7. Not just the pooh, even the pee is reddish pink.. the first time I saw it, it scared the hell out of me.. a minute later I figured out the beets were showing its colors..

    Curry is mouthwatering!

  8. What??? Beets taste like dirt??? I love beets in any and every form.

  9. I like beets...roasted is my favorite way to cook them...The ivy gourd recipe you posted the other day was very helpful...since I have seen recipes for them...wasn't totally sure what they were.

  10. Nice recipe , the masala mixture is really cool idea

  11. Haha in medical school you learn a LOT about poop. And yes, it can tell you your past, present, AND future (sometimes). What a delicious curry!

  12. ur title tops everything...or should i say bottoms everything!!!lol!!!
    I love beets, my kids r just getting used to it...its the color which scares them!
    I love beets made anyways or even pickled!!

  13. Bright colored lovely the look of it...shud have tasted yummmy...

  14. You are sounding more like Dr. Oz. LOL :)
    I don't mind the earthy flavor of beets and infact, it is one of my favorite veggies. Love your different touch to this curry.

  15. Beautiful color, healthy curry that is the specialty of this one.

  16. Wonderful combination of jinger and cilantro. Lovely color
    South Indian Home

  17. like the way in which you've cut the beets! Lovely colorful curry!

  18. Healthy .. healthy .. healthy :) .. delicious.


  19. Wat a catchy,healthy and inviting curry, love the way u have cut those beets,yumm!

  20. Love the julienne cuts of beets - interesting use of Ginger too !

  21. Thin sliced of beets looks great so is the curry!


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