Beetroot is a vegetable that has found its place in the kitchens of many households around the world. The spicy taste is a pleasure for the taste buds. Beetroot not only has a vibrant color but also offers several health benefits, making it a must-have in your diet. Rich in essential nutrients, beetroot is a great source of fiber, folic acid (vitamin B9), manganese, potassium, iron and vitamin C.
Health Shots contacted Dr. Ushakiran Sisodia, Registered Dietitian and Clinical Nutritionist, Nanavati Max Super Specialty Hospital, Mumbai, to learn how to include beetroot in your daily diet.
How to include beetroot in the diet
There are many ways to incorporate this nutritious vegetable into your daily meals. Here are seven interesting and delicious beet recipes for a healthy diet!
1. Beetroot juice
“Beetroot juice is a popular choice for many, especially diabetics and those suffering from weakness, and is a refreshing way to start your day,” says the expert. Simply mix the beets with a combination of other fruits and vegetables, such as carrots, oranges or mint. Not only is it a nutrient-rich drink, but it also helps in detoxifying the body.
2. Beetroot Paratha
This recipe can give your traditional parathas a nutritious twist. Grate the beetroot and mix it with wheat flour, spices and herbs of your choice. Roll out the dough and fry it in a pan. These reddish parathas can be a vibrant addition to your breakfast or lunch menu.
3. Beetroot salad
Salads are a great way to start your day nutritiously. “Cut the beetroot into small pieces and mix it with other salad ingredients such as cucumber, tomatoes and feta cheese. Drizzle with some olive oil and lemon juice, sprinkle with some salt and you have a refreshing beetroot salad,” suggests Dr. Sisodia.
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4. Beet Soup (Borsch)
This soup recipe is inspired by Eastern European cuisine. This soup combines beetroot with vegetables such as carrots, onions and cabbage. Serve it hot or cold, it’s the perfect healthy option for any weather. You can even add ingredients to your own taste.
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5. Beetroot curry
“Blend the beetroot into a smooth paste and cook it with spices such as cumin, coriander and turmeric. Add coconut milk or yogurt to give it a rich, creamy texture. This curry goes well with rice or roti,” says the expert.
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6. Beetroot halwa
A delicious dessert option, beetroot thalwa is made by slow cooking grated beetroot in milk with sugar and ghee. Garnished with nuts and cardamom, it is a treat for the taste buds, especially in view of the upcoming holidays.
7. Beetroot pickle
Fermented foods have always been an integral part of Indian cuisine. Pickled in brine, vinegar and spices, beetroot can be a spicy addition to your meals. Not only does it add flavor, but it also has probiotic benefits.
Including beetroot in your diet can be both enjoyable and beneficial. Thanks to its ability to mix with other healthy ingredients, it can be part of various dishes, from soups to starters, main courses and desserts.