Sadia Hussain

Beetroot and Meat Curry Recipe

Pinky, red beetroot curry is not only pleasing to the eye but it’s spicy, earthy flavor tastes amazing...even if you are not a beetroot fan!

I ate this for the very first time about 18 years ago on my first trip to India. It was love at first bite and I have cooked it for my family ever since. The beetroot curry I ate in India had small cubes of beetroot and lots of different spices. I prefer to grate boiled beetroot and I use simple spices to bring out the natural flavors of the beetroot and succulent meat.


I serve this with chappati or paratha but there’s nothing stopping you from eating it with rice and perhaps a spoonful of my tangy daal on the side. Even if you are not a beetroot person, I encourage you to give this curry a try. It may just become a regular dish in your house too!

Beetroot and Meat Curry Recipe

Sadia Hussain

SERVES

6

TOTAL TIME

1 Hour

INGREDIENTS

  • 1kg/2lb mutton, cubed (I use mutton with bone)

  • Cooking oil

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped

  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste

  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste

  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder or to taste

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 4 large beetroots, boiled and grated

  • 2 green chilies, chopped

  • A handful of fresh coriander, chopped

METHOD

  1. In a large pot, heat oil and sauté onions until soft and translucent.

  2. Add garlic paste, ginger paste and sauté for a 5 minutes.

  3. Add turmeric powder, salt and red chili powder and sauté for a few minutes.

  4. Add meat and fry on high heat for 10 minutes.

  5. Turn heat low, add water and cook meat covered until tender.

  6. Add grated beetroot and continue cooking covered, on low heat for 20 minutes.

  7. Add green chilies and fresh coriander.

Tips and Bits

You want to start boiling the beetroot before starting on onions so they will be soft and ready to grate while meat is cooking.


I peel my beetroot under cold water and grate while warm.


You want to be careful when preparing and eating beetroot as it will permanently stain clothes.

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