Beetchi Koshimbir (Beetroot Raita)

Beetroot is one of my favourite ingredients to cook with; I love its fresh vibrant color and earthy sweet flavor.  It is also a rich source of anti-oxidants and phytochemicals which help in maintaining cardiovascular health. It is low in fat content, rich in fibre and an excellent source of folate, Vitamin A,  B complex Vitamins and minerals like potassium, iron, magnesium, copper and manganese.

This is a quick yogurt based salad, which is commonly made in many Indian homes as a side dish with their meals.

Some readers suggested that I should add local names of ingredients for their convenience; hence the Hindi names are added in brackets.


1 beetroot (Chukandar);

1tbsp Yogurt (Dahi);

1 green chilly (Hari Mirch), finely chopped;

5-6 curry leaves (Kadhi patta),

½ tbsp roasted and crushed Peanuts (Kooti hui Moongphali);

½ tsp mustard seeds (Rai/Mohri);

½ tsp cumin seeds (Jeera);

Asafoetida (Hing), a pinch;

Salt, to taste;

2tsp Oil.


Beetroot with the tempering and peanuts

Beetroot with the tempering and peanuts


  1. Peel the beetroot and grate it. Microwave it on high power for 3-4 minutes. (Or boil the beetroot in a pressure cooker, peel and grate.)
  2. Cool the beetroot and then add salt and crushed peanuts.
  3. Heat a little oil in a small pan and add the mustard and cumin seeds to the oil. Allow the seeds to crackle.
  4. Lower the flame and add the chopped green chillies, curry leaves and asafetida to the oil.
  5. Pour this hot tempering over the beetroots.
  6. Add yogurt to the beetroot and mix well.
  7. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve.

2 comments on “Beetchi Koshimbir (Beetroot Raita)

  1. Arielle
    December 26, 2014

    I really love your blog! Your posts are all so wonderful and amazing 🙂 I am so glad I got to discover you!


    • nitali04
      December 28, 2014

      Thank you very much Arielle…I try to keep things simple and most things I make are quick and easy..Glad you like it..Thank you again…


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