Monday, July 29, 2013

Beetroot Salad / Beetroot Raita

Beetroot salad with sour cream.A very versatile salad  to suit any type of cuisine.

For all those who are sick of the usual raitas for biriyani and pilafs here is a must try one .



Few days ago I had published a recipe for Shrimp Pilaf from the book Quick - fix Indian.by Ruta Kahate.
The author of the book  recommends beet root raita to go with the Pilaf .
If you remember ,the book was part of the gift a sweet girl named Rafee had sent me:)

 Not that the recipe needs to be a full post but I just enjoyed clicking  a few pics which I could not do earlier.


 If u are a blogger u know when I say I  like to take pics leisurely or may be until I am happy and not being distracted  :).
 Now I shoot with a camera that has a mind of its own and sometimes I get the focus right only if I stand ten feet away from food in this tiny space.  Donoo if it was my impatience or the lighting non of the food sites accepted those pictures.But the salad and the rice was in great demand that I made few times more and you know how I am when I like the background...


Well! I can say blogging has certainly given me enough reasons to try out new recipes and pushed me to overcome inhibitions.That being said I must thank you all for the most encouraging comments and it has definitely rekindled a lot of long lost love affairs of mine.I had no idea u guys would take up my scribbling so seriously:) Those pics were  but part of mom daughter bonding and a Summer vacation scene here. Now my girl is not a 'do what mom says' type but more of a 'do what mom does' type so u can imagine how things work out :)

Ingredients:
Beetroot-1 medium
Yogurt / Sour cream- 1 cup
Cumin /Jeera- 1/4 tsp (dry roasted and powdered)
Minced red onion  / Spring onion- 1 tbsp
Fresh cilantro - 1 tbsp chopped
Fresh lime juice- 1 tbsp
Sugar- 1/2 tsp ( optional )
Salt to taste.

Method:
Peel and cut the beet into small pieces.Boil it until soft about 10 minutes.Add only enough water to cook so u wont have to drain off the goodness :)
Let it cool completely.Mix with the rest of the ingredients.Chill it if you want and serve.

Note:
To get the perfect white and purple stripes keep boiled beet separately from other ingredients and  gently stir it in when you are ready to serve.
I used spring onions and omitted red onion and cilantro.
The original recipe says to first cook the beet then peel but I find this one easier.
Sour cream makes it creamy and thick.


For all those of you who are into facebook I have finally opened an account in the name of my blog here is the link elephants and the coconut trees  I am still in the figuring out stage so any suggestion would be really appreciated..
And for the Pinterest people do sent me an invite if you have any interesting communities you are promoting.  I am a serious pinner.

Hope to hear from u lovely people out there.

Meena


51 comments:

  1. Yummy side with biryani that's for sure.

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  2. Colourful salad and super shot!!!!!!definitely will try

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  3. It sure is versatile and easy to be prepared. Need get the beets now because pretty much the rest are at home.

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    1. Thank you, Nava.Please do gets some beets:)

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  4. Super creamy salad.. I wish I could just grab that bowl from the screen. And such wonderful pics Meena. I loved the background. how did u do that?

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    1. Thank you, Rekha. Oh the bg is my regular glass table on a cloudy day.I was aiming for a spooky feel:)

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  5. Beetroot sald is my all time fav....hd plenty during my hostel dayzz..ths recipe is really diff frm the one which i tried...thanx for sharing Meena!!!

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    1. Hey Priya, thank you.Glad to hear u like beets me too:)

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  6. love that first pic...so good to side with pulav or parathas

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  7. So everyone is going FB I guess. Should I or should I not? I had one and I threw it away - May be I should start one for THDK so that I can connect with you all..That apart, loved those clicks and recipe Meena :) And hey, hope to see more of your 'scribbling' :)

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    1. Ha haa..I thought u would bring it up.May be we are the only two who did not go for it in the beginning. Towards FB It was like detest first then grumble and finally give in :))
      Thank you so much Priya for those encouraging comments.

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  8. that looks really yumm... and thank u darling for the mention... :) i really wish u keep enjoying making from that book... love the mention of ur daughter there! now all kids are like dat dear... they do what you do, so better be careful!!! hehe...

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    1. Thank you Rafee. I knowwww..I better be really careful :)

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  9. Who will not like this dish? Well I will I am sure :)
    Perfectly done:)

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  10. Very colorful and healthy salad,I'm trying this out :) Amazing or should I say perfect clicks :) I liked the way u said about ur daughter 'do what mom does'..how old is she ?

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    1. Thank you Reni. She is 12 :)he hee..requesting works sometimes but showing example works best :)

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  11. what do u mean by saying " no food site" accept these pictures ?? My !! these are gorgeous clicks..lovely colours, Meena. They take it or not..i like it, anyways.And.. hey ! i have got something for you . hop over to my space. 3 things, u get...2 awards and...a hug !!! ;) Have a great day ahead !

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    1. Hey Sona,thank you so much for the award and the reassuring words.

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  12. I love beets, but never tried a beet salad before. Looks yummy & refreshing. Your clicks are simply awesome!
    I've shared some awards with you. Please come by and pick it up :)

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  13. Haha, love ur scriblings anytime dear, u better keep writing :) And loved all those shots, that's a tempting snack, I prefer to have it as snack, the sweetness of beet & the sorness of creme fraiche, I guess it's a match made in heaven.. Loved it.. And I think we as pre-teens were also like ur kiddo, right?? So is she learning to cook seeing u??

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    1. Chitz he hee..I don't force her to do anything in the kitchen but she can make chapattis without my help.
      Thank you dear.

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  14. OMG...estupenda y linda receta me encanta ,saludos hug,hug.

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    1. Rosita,Muchas gracias. Mi español no es bueno, pero realmente aprecio tu visita a mi blog.

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  15. luks wonderful....quite a nice and healthy recipe :-)

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  16. Oh my goodness me, I would stick my head in that bowl if I could, Meena. I've only recently fallen in love with beetroot and my tongue is almost permanently purple - this is a wonderful way to use it and I'm quite genuinely going to make this. Yum!

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    1. Hey Abbe,Thank you so much dear.Do try it.

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  17. attaracting clour n healthy..love d cliks.
    http://www.mahaslovelyhome.com/2013/07/papaya-banana-smoothiepapaya-chocolate.html

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  18. My love for beets is just a year or two old and I must confess that I am glad it was not the case of 'never'! I love beets now and love the pairing with yogurt. The clicks are wonderful and very tempting.

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    1. I know u love beets from the lassi u made.Thank you dear.

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  19. I love beets and yogurt, will try it with sour cream. Meena, your pictures are lovely and true inspiration. Don't mind what food sites publish and not. It's what you're happy with and drives you to do better and more. Great job.

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    1. Thank you Tisa,those words are for sure encouraging.

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  20. Delicious Beetroot salad Meena. Your daughter is genius.

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  21. Meena you can join me in this pinterest board, http://pinterest.com/swathii/my-food-blogger-friends/

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    1. Thank you so much Shanthi also for joining my space.

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  23. Wow! Beetroot raitha looks yummy and colourful Meena :-)

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  24. Nice clicks as always, Meena loved that purple-ish feel in the pics, what background have you used? Delectable raita :)

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    1. Thank you,Divya.Bg is a glass table on a really cloudy day.

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  25. Love the color and the creaminess of the salad. Thankd for visiting my blog.

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