Beetroot Soup

Second day of Blogging Marathon, and a Soup - Chettinad style, for the Menu.
The cuisine of Chettinad has evolved because of interaction with other cultures. One of the culinary delicacies is the 'Soup' - a thin and spicy (not chilli spicy) broth. It has its place at home, get togethers and Wedding Feasts.
Vegetables add special fervour to the dish. Beetroot lends a lovely colour along with nutrition to the soup. At lunchtime, we have it mixed with rice with accompaniments like masala or a spicy poriyal - a wholesome and light meal.

Beetroot - 1(medium sized)
Onion - 1, sliced
Tomato - 2 small, chopped
Green Chillies - 3, slit
Moong Dal - 2 - 3 Tbsp
Turmerric Pd - 1 pinch(optional)
Salt to taste

Oil - 1 Tbsp
Urad Dal - 1/4 tsp
Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Peppercorns - 1/4 tsp
Saunf - 1/4 tsp
Bay Leaf - 1
Cardamom - 1
Poppy Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves - 1 sprig
Corriander Leaves - 2 Tbsp

Soak the dal in just enough water for 10 minutes.
Cook in 3 cups water with turmerric powder and 1/4 tsp oil.
Peel the beetroot and cut into short fingers. Slice onions and chop tomatoes.
Chop Corriander leaves.
Take all the seasoning ingredients in a plate.
Heat oil in a pressure cooker/pan.
Add seasoning ingredients and saute for 1 minute.
Add onions and saute until pink. Then, add tomatoes and beetroot.
Stir fry on high flame for a couple of minutes.
Add in simmering dal and salt to taste.
Cover Pr. Cooker/Pan and cook for 2 whistles. Reduce flame and cook for 5 minutes.
Allow pressure to subside and then open cooker.
Adjust taste by adding salt / lemon juice.
Strain the soup. Fish out the beet pieces and add to the soup. (This is only if you want a clear soup)
Serve Hot.

Here are my fellow bloggers in the marathon with yummy wonderous treats - Azeema, Bhagi, Champa, Gayathri Anand, Gayathri Kumar, Harini, Jay, Kamalika, Mina, Padma, Pavani, PJ, Priya Mahadevan, Priya Suresh, Priya Vasu, Rujuta, Santosh, Saraswathi, Savitha, Shanavi, Smitha, Sowmya, Srivalli, Suma, Usha, Veena


savitha ramesh said…
very authentic and healthy soup.thanks for sharing
Saras said…
Delicious healthier soup & perfect for weather..
Smitha said…
nice and delectable soup!..
yum yum!

Srivalli said…
Looks like quite a few beetroot soups on the way..looks very lovely
Jayashree said…
Nice colour....I too made soup for the marathon yesterday.
Pari said…
Hi. first time here.
The soup sounds very interesting and what a lovely color.

Gayathri Kumar said…
Very comforting soup. Love the colour..
Anonymous said…
This looks yummy...
Rujuta said…
The soup is yummy and delicious...
Gr8 click and lovely color
Best Wishes
Priya said…
Yumm, wat a catchy,healthy,colourful and delicious soup..
BangaloreBaker said…
It is so cold in here that soup is welcome anytime.
PriyaVaasu said…
Love that Color!!!! Would love to have a bowl!!!
healthy soup with a lovely colour:-)
rekhas kitchen said…
Wow look at that beautiful color looks delicious...
Chitra said…
Never thought abt a soup with beetroot . beautiful color :)
Cooks said…
Indian style beet soup is new to me. Love the beautiful pinkish red color. So healthy and nutritious.
Gayathri Anand said…
lvely and healthy soup....
Shanavi said…
Looooove the pink colour...ofcourse very healthy, Sure I'll try n post Minu
Devi said…
Yummy soup athai!.. looking forward to more recipes on the marathon :) I would like to share an award with you @
Suma Gandlur said…
Love this version. As you mentioned, it serves good as a side dish too.
Mina Joshi said…
I love the colour of your soup!!
Santosh Bangar said…
very nice colour and refreshig soup
Anonymous said…
so tempting......
PJ said…
Lovely soup.The color is more than enough to tempt one to finish off the bowl...

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