- 1 cup Basmati rice – soaked in cold water for 30 mins.
- 1/2 cup beetroot – finely chopped
- 1/2 cup green peas –finely chopped
- 1/2 cup onions chopped finely
- 1 in ginger - chopped
- 2-3 cloves garlic - chopped
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1/2 tsp red chili powder
- 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
- 1 bay leaf
- cinnamon- small piece
- 2 pieces cloves
- star anise - a small piece
- 2 tbsp oil
- coriander leaves - for garnishing
- salt to taste
This beetroot pulao is an amazing addition to the pulao family. Pulao, or pilaf as it is sometimes called is one of the oldest rice dishes in the world. And like many dishes of ancient origin, there are a lot of variations to it. The beetroot turns this pulao, which is traditionally a pretty savory dish into a surprisingly sweet one. Beets have always been a great mechanism for sweetening up a dish’s profile without having to add excess sugars, making this a very healthy option.
Beets are one of those magical plants that make food tastes better, but they also make your diet healthier. Eating beets helps your body to lower blood pressure, increase athletic performance, improve digestion and the digestive process, and prevent certain cancers. Making beets a part of your diet also helps the body treat macular degeneration, improve skin care, increase immunity to diseases, improve blood circulation, and even treat respiratory conditions. That’s just a few of the reasons to eat beets.
How to make Beetroot Pulao
The Latin name for beet is beta.