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Beets Poriyal. Beets Saute with Toasted Sesame Seeds and Lentils

This recipe is for all your beet fans out there who are looking for a creative way to make a delicious beets dish. This one is flavored with toasted sesame seeds and urad daal which are split skinned black gram lentils. These two transform beets into a phenomenal dish that tastes so good you’ll be having second helpings.

Ah beets!

I don’t know about you, but for me beets are let’s just say I’m not a fan of beets. I know I know, I apologize to all you beet fans 🙏🏻. Its just that to me veggies aren’t supposed to be sweet, you know what I mean? And let’s not forget the mess beets make with their pinky red color all over the counter and cutting board. Yet, every two weeks I get gorgeous big beets in my farm box. I’ve collected them in the fridge not really knowing what to do. Hitesh on the other hand, loves beets. Enter this beet recipe from my Aunty Uma who visited me this July. She saw these big giant beautiful beets and asked what I was planning on making with them. My response “Do you have any suggestions?” This recipe is what she made.

Visit from Uma Aunty and cooking lessons too

My Aunty Uma visited me last week and I have to be honest, as excited I was to see her I was even more excited to cook with her! I wanted to learn some new Indian dishes away from my comfort zone and that’s exactly what I got to do with my Aunt this summer.

I knew Uma Aunty’s cooking style is extremely healthy and delicious – she even wrote a book on this topic titled Herbal Transformatiions. Ancient Wisdom Revealed for Health and Longevity. This awesome book showcases how to use the benefits of herbs and spices to enhance our well being.

Herbal Transformations. Ancient Wisdom Revealed for Health and Longevity by Uma Swaminathan

Herbal Transformations: Ancient Wisdom Revealed for Health and Longevity Using Herbs and Spices, Yoga, Hygiene and Spirituality. The title says it all. My aunt Uma Swaminathan is the author of this wonderful book that gives you valuable information about Indian spices and herbs and also shows you how to use them to enhance the positive aspects of those spices and … Continue reading Herbal Transformations. Ancient Wisdom Revealed for Health and Longevity by Uma Swaminathan

I’m happy to say we cooked so many wonderful dishes together that Its going to take me a while to write them up and share them here. But this beets saute on the other hand is a quick and easy recipe.

About the recipe

For a non-beet lover I have to admit I liked this dish. It has fabulous smoky flavor from the toasted sesame seeds and lentils that offset the sweetness of the beets. The recipe is pretty simple. First beets are cooked until tender. Then all you do is toast sesame seeds and urad daal (split black gram lentils) with a dried red chili or two. Toast until golden in color, then grind in a spice mill. Then sprinkle the mixture over the beets and stir. That’s it! Really delicious and different, this will make a beet lover of me yet.

Recipe contributed by Uma Aunty


1-2 beets peeled and cut into small chunks
2 tbsp urad daal
2 bsp white sesame seeds
1 dried red chili (optional)
Cilantro for garnish
Fresh lemon juice from 1 small lemon


Cook beets with salt until tender to your liking. Set aside.

In a pan toast the sesame seeds, urad daal and red chili until the lentils and sesame seeds are pale golden in color and release a smoky aroma – about 5 minutes. Remove from the pan and place them on a plate to cool. Once cool grind in a spice mill to a fine spice powder.

Sprinkle the sesame seed blend over the cooked beets and stir in. Taste for salt and adjust accordingly. Top with fresh cilantro and lemon juice. Beets poriyal is ready!

Sweet Potato Mushroom Stir Fry Curry

This Indian style stir fry curry is quick and easy with stupendous results. The flavors in this dish come from the brown mushrooms , ginger, garlic, onions and spices. The sweet potatoes add a wonderful natural sweetness to the dish while also giving the curry some heft. Serve it alongside lentil daal and rice, or with naan and yogurt raita for a fabulous meal.

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Coconut Chutney with Sunflower Seeds & a Clove of Garlic

Here is a different twist of the ever popular Indian coconut chutney. Traditionally coconut chutney is made with fresh coconut and dried lentils to give the chutney some heft, which also helps to bind the chutney. But this time around I decided to try making my coconut chutney with sunflower seeds for the same type of substance . I have to say it worked better than I ever expected.

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Sweet Greek Yogurt with Saffron Cardamom & Rose. Indian Shrikhand

Shrikhand is an Indian yogurt dessert made with strained yogurt, sugar and sweet spices such as cardamom, saffron and rose essence. its a refreshing dessert served in the Western region of India in the state of Gujarat.

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Indian Pickle Avocado Toast

This recipe is for all you Indian pickle lovers out there! An avocado toast with an Indian twist. What gives the toast that unique Indian flavor is the spread which is an Indian pickle. The Indian pickle makes the toast spicy and tangy and the rest is good old tried and true avocado toast. Delicious, wholesome, and filling, give this new variation on your go-to avocado toast a try!

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Toasted Black Pepper & Cumin Veggie Fried Rice

Looking for a rice recipe all jazzed up with fragrant spices fried in ghee? This is the one to try. Its a delicious fried rice dish made with mixed veggies that get jazzed up with toasted black pepper, cumin seeds, and curry leaves that are fried in fragrant ghee. Super delicious on its own, or with a side of yogurt raita this makes for a fabulous meal for lunch or dinner.. Give it a try!

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Turmeric Spiced kale and Swiss Chard Potato Stir Fry

This greens and potato stir fry is one of my all time favorite Indian dishes. I love the simple flavors of this dish that shouts comfort food for me. It’s an easy Indian stir fry curry spiced with just turmeric and cumin seeds.

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