My love for beetroot is very recent.
Despite it being highly nutritious, I’ve never really liked the taste of beetroot.
But this cooked beetroot salad quickly changed my mind, and I now eat it twice a week — and that too wantingly. This salad is so simple and healthful, I thought I would share it with you. Best of all it takes mere minutes to make.
I have also included some of the amazing health benefits of beetroot, to pique your interest in this earthy, sweet flavour vegetable.
Amazing Health benefits of Beetroot
Beetroot is one of the best vegetables for the liver as it aids digestion and improves liver function. And if you look after your liver, your skin literally glows with health.
Besides, a sluggish liver is bad for your hair too. According to ayurveda liver problems can affect hair growth as well as cause hair loss.
Beets are rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients, which assist in the elimination of toxins. If you want to give your body a light detox, beets are a food that belong in your diet.
The phytonutrients present in the beet also support our brain health, as well as eye health.
Beets are a good source of iron, copper and folate – all these are vital for healthy hair.
High in beneficial fiber, beet lubricate the intestines and is recommended for constipation.
In traditional Indian medicine, beet is said to be a good blood tonic and blood builder.
Yummy Beetroot Salad
To make this salad you will need:
2 medium size beetroot
1 tablespoon oil
1 tablespoon sesame seeds (you can also use sunflower seeds)
1 whole dried red chilli or 1 slit green chilli (optional)
½ teaspoon mustard seeds
½ teaspoon cumin seeds
½ teaspoon lime juice (optional)
Salt to taste
1. Heat oil in a pan (heat on medium).
2. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, hing, and red chilli (I break it into 2 or 3 pieces to extract more flavour), and let them sizzle for 15 t0 30 seconds.
3. Add the sesame seeds and stir for a few seconds.
Peeled and Grated Beetroot
4. Now add the peeled and grated beetroot and salt; mix in well.
5. Reduce the flame and cook covered for about 5 to 7 minutes (stir couple of times in between)
6. Finally add lemon juice and mix well.
Serve warm or cold as a starter or as a lovely little extra alongside mains. You can also use it in wraps and sandwiches.
You can combine this beetroot salad with yogurt and eat as a snack – it tastes fab! (If you plan to eat it with yogurt just skip lemon juice)
Carrot particularly goes well with this salad. You can add grated carrot along with beetroot to make it more flavorful.
You can try using other seeds or nuts such as sunflower, pumpkin, peanuts, and pine nuts.
I like the light feeling and high energy I have after eating this energizing, cleansing salad. I’m sure you will like it too!
Have you made anything delicious lately?