Beetroot poriyal | Side dish for rice

Beetroot poriyal a side dish for rice. Cooked with enhanced coconut masala mixture which gives you nice taste to the curry. It can be eaten alone as a first thing in the morning. Or with dosa or rice. For the people who wants to include more veggies in your diet.

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Health benefits of beetroot

1. Helps in detoxification: Beetroot is reckoned to be a great purifier. It detoxifies your body by pulling the toxins into the colon from where they can be evacuated. Some studies suggest that beetroot juice might also stimulate red blood cell production and build stamina.

2. Low in fat and calories: Although it has a high sugar content, it is low in calories and almost fat free. Since it is loaded with fiber it makes you full on lower calories. This makes it a nutritious option for those looking to keep their weight down.

3. Heart health: Studies have shown that the high content of nitrates inbeetroot produces a gas called nitric oxide. This gas helps to relax and dilate your blood vessels which improves blood flow and lowers blood pressure.

4. Rich in antioxidants: Betanin, the pigment which gives beetroot its colour, is a potent antioxidant. Along with another class of antioxidants called polyphenols, these are getting more attention in the scientific community. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, antioxidants reduce the oxidation of bad cholesterol, protect the artery walls and guard against heart disease and stroke.

5. Folate, Fiber, Vitamin C and other minerals: “Most people think that diabetics should avoid beetroot since its sweet. It is sadly misunderstood. Beetroot is a great source of fiber and minerals like iron, potassium and manganese which are essential for good health and in combination with other foods it can deliver a lot,” says Dr. Rupali Datta, Chief Clinical Nutritionist at Fortis-Escort Hospital. Vitamin C boosts immunity, folate is essential for normal tissue growth and fiber helps in smooth digestive functions. It is particularly high in protein and iron than most other roots and tubers.

6. Hair care: Beetroot is actually one of the best home remedies to fight the flakes and an itchy scalp. You can boil some beets in water and use the concentrated liquid to massage on the scalp. Alternatively, you can mix some beetroot juice, vinegar and ginger juice and apply to the scalp. Keep this for 20 minutes and rinse.

Source : food.ndtv.com

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Beetroot poriyal
Instructions
  1. Preheat a pan
  2. Add 1 tsp oil
  3. Add 1 tsp mustard seeds, 1 tsp cumin seeds
  4. Add 2 green chilly
  5. Add few curry leaves
  6. Add 1 chopped onion and saute till transparent.
  7. Make sure the onions are cooked well
  8. Add finely chopped beetroot.
  9. Add required salt and stir
  10. Meanwhile grind masala. Add 1 tsp fennel seeds in a mixie jar.
  11. Add coconut pieces
  12. Grind to a coarse mixture
  13. Close lid and cook veg, sprinkle some water if needed to cook veg.
  14. Add 1 tsp cumin seeds powder.
  15. Once the beetroot is cooked well add ground masala mixture.
  16. Give a quick stir. Switch off in 2 mins.
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