Feb 23, 2012

Simple Beetroot Pulav / Beetroot Rice – Lunchbox Ideas

Ok another week of BM has arrived and I am into the theme seven days of rice..Cooking with rice is really easy for me because rice is a staple diet of we southindians…Throughout this week I will show you all kids of quick rice dishes and some special rice recipes too..

Beetroots are such a interesting vegetable to be added in rice, because it gives rice its natural colour so you don’t have to worry about adding any colours to it..When beets are combined with rice, they give a natural sweetness to the rice and that what makes this dish a real hit..This is a very simple pulav that can be made in less than 30 mins..A perfect recipe to put in lunch box..

I hope you like it and let me know what you think..I am sending this recipe to BM Day 1 under the theme Seven Days of Rice…


Basmati Rice – 250 gms / ¼ kg
Water – 500 ml
Beetroot – 1 large one grated
Onion – 1 medium size sliced
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam – 1 tsp
Cinnamon / Pattai – 1 small piece
Cardamom / Yelakai – 4 pods
Chilli Powder – 1 tsp
Coriander Powder / Malli Podi – 1 tblspn
Green Chilli – 1
Salt to taste
Oil- 2 tblspn


Soak rice for 30 mins. Drain it and set aside.

Heat oil in a pan. Add cinnamon, cardamom, cumin seeds and mix well.

Add onions and sauté for 2 mins. Add salt, chilli powder, coriander powder and mix well.

Add in grated beetroot and mix well. Now add in soaked rice and mix well.

Pour in water and bring it to a boil. Cover and simmer for 15 to 20 mins untill the rice has absorbed all water and cooked.

Turn off the heat and let it rest for 10 mins covered. Open the pan and fluff it with a fork.

Serve with raita.

Take all your ingrediants
Grate your beets and slice your onions
heat oil
add cinnamon, cumin and cardamom
add onions and chilli
chilli & coriander powder
saute well
add beets
and mix well
add rice
and mix well
add water
bring it to boil
cover and simmer
till done
I served it with beetroot raita


  1. yummy pulav....with attractive color...

  2. Colorful and delicious pulao..makes me hungry.

  3. yumm and looking cool in red colour

  4. i loved the color soo much...lovely rice

  5. Lovely and colourful rice dish. It seems to be easy too.

  6. I love the bright red color - and I am a huge fan of beetroot. One question: what does "BM" mean? I will only see your answer if you write to me here: scrout1944@msn.com

  7. Wow. what a lovely red color. I will try this rice recipe soon. love it,

  8. such a colourful n healthy rice!!

  9. Love the colors.. so vibrant and wonderful..!

  10. Colorful and healthy rice, delicious..

  11. surely a easy rice and healthy one too!

  12. Defintely colorful and healthy pulao.

  13. Colorful n healthy rice dear!!Looking forward to see more healthy rice recipe here..

  14. The red color makes the dish interesting :).. Good pulao aarthi..reminds me of biryani that i make..time to bring redness!

  15. Yummy looking beetroot pulao. Very colorful.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  16. hi aarthi, wow, very very red... surely attracts the kids to eating this.
    mmm, am tempted to try and call friends over. thanks
    n\have a nice day dear

  17. Rice is a staple in Asian's diet, so the one week of rice recipes is definitely no feat to you ya!:p
    I thought the rice looked different, and now I know it's basmati rice. What a great idea to use beetroots to give it that color!:D

  18. Healthy, flavourful and yummy lunch box idea...looks colorful too

  19. such a pretty pink colour, looks beautiful

  20. Glad you could join us for this edition..lovely rice..

  21. Lovely and attractive colour, healthy too

  22. Rice looks so colourful and delicious...

  23. Yum!!! We grow our own beetroot, so I'm trying this one !

  24. Healthy and lovely rice... It looks so colorful and delicious

  25. Love the beautiful color.I usually add green peas / channa with this rice..

  26. I am a regular visitor of your blog. Its really superb.

  27. I have just made it at home. So great! Thanks.


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