Beetroot Infused Brown Rice Delight

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Makes 2

Time: 45 mins

“Looking for something delicious to serve to your friends or family? Try this purple rice, which is the perfect complement to any curry in this cookbook. With its vibrant color and flavourful South Indian tadka, this dish will impress anyone, and add a little colour to every plate.”


  • 2/3 cup brown rice, soaked
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 tablespoon curry leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida
  • 1/4 cup thickly grated beetroot
  • 3/4 teaspoon rock salt

Soak in Advance

Soak 2/3 cup brown rice in water for 3 hours.


  1. Bring the water to a boil in a heat pot. Add the soaked brown rice, cover, and allow to cook for 25 minutes on medium flame.
  2. In another heated pot, dry roast the mustard seeds and curry leaves for 2 minutes. Add the asafoetida and beetroot, and stir for a minute.
  3. Add the cooked brown rice, and cook for 2 more minutes, stirring continuously.
  4. Switch off the stove, add the rock salt, and stir. Cover for 5 minutes, then serve with any curry sabzi.

Benefits of the Recipe

  1. Nutrient-Rich: This recipe combines the nutritional benefits of brown rice and beetroot. Brown rice is a whole grain rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Beetroot adds vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to the dish.
  2. Digestive Aid: Brown rice is known for its high fiber content, promoting healthy digestion and preventing constipation. The addition of asafoetida aids in digestion and reduces bloating.
  3. Heart-Healthy: Brown rice contains heart-healthy compounds such as lignans, which may contribute to a reduced risk of heart disease. The inclusion of rock salt as a healthier alternative to regular salt supports overall heart health.
  4. Low-Calorie Option: This dish is a low-calorie and nutrient-dense alternative, making it suitable for those looking to maintain or lose weight while still enjoying a flavorful meal.
  5. Blood Pressure Support: The rock salt used in this recipe is a better option for those monitoring their sodium intake, and beetroot has been associated with potential blood pressure-lowering effects.
  6. Vegan and Gluten-Free: This recipe is suitable for a vegan and gluten-free diet, catering to a wide range of dietary preferences and restrictions.
  7. Sustained Energy: The combination of brown rice and beetroot provides a steady release of energy, making it an excellent choice for those looking for a sustaining and nutritious meal.
  8. Enhanced Flavor Profile: The blend of mustard seeds, curry leaves, and asafoetida contributes to a flavorful and aromatic experience, making this dish a delightful addition to any meal.
  9. Vibrant Presentation: The vivid color of beetroot not only adds visual appeal to the dish but also signifies the presence of beneficial phytonutrients.
  10. Versatile Pairing: This beetroot-infused brown rice pairs well with a variety of curry sabzis, offering a versatile and balanced meal option.

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