When ever I see Beetroot, I always remember Miss Sudha's (Abhi's Daycare Miss, when he was 3 years old) words "Your son is the only one in the class who finishes Beetroot in the Happy Plate". That used to put a smile on my face with the pride (for Abhi eating most of the veggies). As he is little older now ( He is 5 recently), he started giving names to his foods, and he is not liking the color of rice when we mix the Beetroot curry and asking me innocently.. "Maa, is this poison?" (he eats with no complain, but i just would like to change his perception towards this dish ;-) ) I was shocked first and with out showing my reaction, I tell him 'No Dear! It is a Pretty Pink Rice..", Not sure if that answer convinced him, but it sure did my little Girl ( Anvi) who is always attentive for 'PINK'... . Though I never overdid the Pink in toys or lunch boxes or dresses for her, not sure how she got into it, the only mantra she utters these days is 'Pretty and Pink'.
I always don't understand the concept of making Pink as the color of female gender, right from the child hood which is little overdone in countries like USA and UK. After reading this article it seemed like it is slowly changing though. ( Sorry for the little deviation with the Pink, I just wanted to share that article).
So Coming back to our actual recipe story, to convince my son I have started looking for beetroot recipes but not the whole dish looks pink. So Today this recipe in Maa Tv's 'Maa Oori Vanta' (translated into My Town's Cooking show) caught my eye. As I have all the ingredients, I quickly made this after that, it turned out superb and colorful. I loved the marble effects that spread in this rice dish because of the beetroot.
When I mentioned about this rice to mom on our daily dose of chit-chat, she is curious to know how i made it and I asked her to wait for my post, and "Mom! Here i am revealing ...Hope you will like it!" :-)
As this is tested and tasted in my kitchen, don't hesitate in turning those beetroots into this yummy dish but PINK. Here is the recipe, Enjoy....!!!
Basmati Rice - 2 cups
Potato - 1 medium
Carrot - 2 medium
Beetroot -1 medium
Spring Onions - 1/3 cup ( chopped)
green chili - 2
Star Anice - 1
Cloves - 3
Cinnamon - 2 sticks
Marati Mogga - 1
Jaji Kaya - 1
Shazeera - 1 tsp
Oil - 1 Tbsp
Butter - 1 Tbsp
Turmeric Powder - 1 tsp
Milk - 1 Tbsp
salt - 2 tsp
black pepper - 1/2 tsp
green chili - 2
First, Wash and Drain the basmati rice. Heat the the Non stick pan and add the oil and butter. Once the Oil is hot, add the spices in the order Cloves, Cinnamon, Star Anice, Shazeera. Once the spices gives the nice aroma, Add Green chili, followed by vegetables Potato, Carrot. Once the vegetables are tender and the salt and black pepper. Then add the rice and mix it very well.
Add 4 cups of water ( 1: 2 ratio) and close the lid. Mix the turmeric powder in the milk and set aside. As the rice gets cook halfway through, pour this milk evenly on the rice and close the lid and let it cook for 10 more min. Taste and Adjust seasonings as needed.
Mean while peel and grate the Beetroot. As the rice gets cooked transfer half of the rice into a plate. Then spread half of the grated beetroot and spring onions and cover with that rice (that is taken into plate). then top with remaining grated beetroot and cover with wet kitchen towel and close the lid. Keep the stove in low and let it cook for 10 min.
Now, turn off the stove and reveal the colorful Beetroot Pulavo by removing the kitchen towel in the pan. Serve into plates and it tastes delicious when it is accompanied by raita (onion mixed in plain yogurt).
I made a less spicy version for my kids, and now my son didn't name it Poison but Colorful.....!!! Now that's a relief for mommy.. :-)
- Usually for Pulavo dish, I add peas along with other vegetables. As Beets are already gives the sweet touch here, i omitted peas intentionally.
- Adding beetroot at the end and cooking on slow will keep the Beetroot bright Color (does not fade), otherwise the color will sink into rice the rice will turn into pink.
- The touch of turmeric is not in the original recipe, it's my creation to get those marble and color effects naturally. (You can use saffron also, but i never get the bright colors from saffron).
Hope you have enjoyed the weekend with your families, wishing you and me for energetic Monday.