Beetroot Sassam

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About Beetroot sassam:

Several years ago I was with my father at a restaurant in Udupi where he ordered the usual South Indian thali. There were as usual 3-4 side dishes and I found one of them particularly tasty. When I inquired the waiter said it was Beetroot Sassam. I came home and tried to reverse engineer the recipe and it turned out pretty well. Ever since, the Beetroot Sassam is one of my lunch/dinner menu.

Beetroot Sassam can be a side dish for all kinds of rotis – chapathis, Jwari rotis or even rice powder roti. You may also have it with Dal and rice. Since it is not spicy the kids might love it as well.

What you need to have:

Beet root – 2 (approx. 250 gms)

Green chillies – 4

Grated coconut – 1 cup

Small piece of Asafoetida

Tamarind pulp – 1/4 teaspoon

Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

What you do with what you have:

1. Wash, peel and cut beetroot into small pieces.

2. Boil/Cook it in cooker in the cooker seperator/vessel without adding water to the vegetable but adding little salt , for about 15 minutes with green chilli as shown in image below.

Ingredients of Beetroot Sassam

3. On releasing pressure, allow it to cool for about 30 minutes. You may choose to cool it by placing it in cold water.

4. In the mean time place a teaspoon cooking oil on gas and add mustard seeds to it and on popping, add asafoetida to it and switch off gas.

5. For masala :  Grind grated coconut, boiled green chili, tamarind pulp, salt and the mixture from step 4. in a blender/mixer to a coarse consistency. (ingredients shown in image below)

Ingredients of Beetroot Sassam

6. Add cooled beetroot pieces to it and whip it for a while so that it is also coarse.

7. Transfer it to a bowl and enjoy with either rice or rotis.

8. You can even decorate it with chopped onions.

The Why and why nots:

The reason to steam green chili is to avoid giving the dish a raw smell. The other alternative is to fry them in oil. Green chili can be either increased/decreased depending upon the spice level of it.

Secondly, while grinding boiled beetroot do not grind it fine since you will not get to eat small pieces of beetroot and you may lose the feel for the dish.

What it looks like:

How long it takes: 30 minutes

Number of servings : 5

Note: Since we are boiling beet root in the cooker vessel add water to the cooker but do not add water to beet root. To the beetroot itself, add a little salt.



12 thoughts on “Beetroot Sassam

    Neetu Rebello said:
    November 17, 2007 at 12:33 pm

    I felt like home! excellent presentation of the recepies, easy and user friendly recepies……….. thank you for your effort, it is so very easy now to eat mum’s food….thank you Indian Food Court.

    prathibalrao responded:
    November 17, 2007 at 5:10 pm

    Hi neetu,

    Thanx for ur comments. I will try to put up some more receipes in the near future. This is of great support to me.

    roopa. g. said:
    December 10, 2007 at 5:11 pm

    Of all the beetroot receipes I read, it is a variety beetroot receipe something different being traditional. Waiting for more such receipes to see on the website from you. Thanks for sharing.

    prathibalrao responded:
    December 11, 2007 at 2:00 am

    Hi Roopa,

    Thanx 4 ur comments. Will try 2 put up more recipes.

    Archana said:
    March 5, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    I tried this recipe today, came out very well Thanks!!!

    prathibalrao responded:
    March 6, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Hi Archana,

    You can also try other recipes from this blog if interested. Thanx a lot for visiting this blog.

    Vishy said:
    August 7, 2009 at 7:12 am

    I am going to cook your dish to please my wife. It better be good 😉
    Honestly, I have cooked much in my life & the whole thought is making me very nervous. I ll let you know the success of my endeavor.

      prathibalrao responded:
      August 7, 2009 at 4:26 pm

      Hi Vishy,
      Since ur a good cook , i feel u can’t go wrong. Isn’t it???????/

    Vishy said:
    August 7, 2009 at 10:27 am

    To report back on my experiment with your recipe…. it was an almost success. Success because your masala ( simple but fabulous) was much appreciated. ‘Almost’ because I added a little too much salt at the outset. Thank you Pratibal helping me embark on my cookery journey!

      prathibalrao responded:
      August 7, 2009 at 4:28 pm

      Hi Vishy,
      Good that u reported me regarding the result on preparing the dish. I really appreciate you for the same. Do try again next time so that it would be still better. Am i right ?

    kanimozhi rangaraj said:
    March 18, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Lovely Recipe Just tried it out today for roti. No words to say, came out very well. Thanks a lot for providing me such a perfect dish. Expecting more side dishes for roti/chapathis.

      prathibalrao responded:
      March 19, 2014 at 5:53 pm

      Hi Kannimozi rangaraj,

      Thanx a lot for your comments and expect to try more dishes of your choice from this site!!!

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