Piquant Poriyal

It is really challenging to prepare piquant poriyal using mildly-sweet earthy-flavored beetroots. I tried various preparations with different ingredients to make beetroot poriyal more palatable, eventually I found that sauteing beet root along with garlic in coconut oil adds a burst of flavor and also adding pepper & coconut aids to spice up the sweet beetroots. I have also added nicely fluffed up yellow lentils along with deep red beetroot chunks for adding beautiful color and delicious texture.


I like to take beetroot poriyal as a mid-morning salad and also it tastes best with rice and sambar/ rasam served for lunch.


Health Benefits :

Although beetroot has innumerable health benefits, it is particularly beneficial to pregnant women for its rich sources of iron & folate. I have compared below the nutrients of beetroot with dates being one of the rich sources of iron & broccoli as a good source of folate:


Now the recipe for beetroot poriyal:

Total time taken: 30 min.

Yields: 1½ cups (300 ml)


  1. Beetroot – 2 Nos.
  2. Greengram (paasi paruppu) – 1/8 cup
  3. Salt – ½ tsp

 For tempering:

  1. Coconut oil – 1 tbsp
  2. Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp
  3. Garlic pods – 15 Nos.

    For grinding:

  1. Coconut pieces – 5 Nos. (each 1″)
  2. Peppercorns – ½ tsp


Mise en place:

  • Cook lentils uncovered until soft and firm but not mushy for about 10 min.
  • Crush garlic pods using pestle and keep aside.
  • Grind coconut & pepper coarsely without adding water.


  • Wash beetroots, peel their skins and dice them as shown below.


Cooking Method:

  • Heat a pressure cooker with coconut oil in medium flame.
  • Add mustard seeds into the cooker.
  • When they begin to crackle, add crushed garlic and saute for few seconds.
  • Add diced beetroot, salt & water (1 tbsp) and then close the pressure cooker.
  • Now reduce the heat to low and cook for 5 min.
  • Add about one-half of cooked lentils & coconut-pepper mixture immediately after the pressure is released.
  • Mix together and close the cooker for 2-3 minutes to prevent the heat escape. (No need to turn on the heat.)
  • Garnish with remaining lentils & grated coconut before serving.


Tips & Tweaks:

  • You can pressure cook lentils along with beetroot as shown below, but I cooked them separately to prevent them turn reddish.
  • Since crushed garlic is more flavorful I did not use finely chopped garlic in here.
  • You may use red chillies along with garlic and garnish with coconut (without pepper) as below:


  • I prefer to use coconut oil & coconut meat in here as the beetroot & coconut pair works wonder.
  • You can also make the same poriyal using pepper, coconut & garlic for vegetables like carrot, cabbage, etc.

mutakose poriyal

  • You may adapt this recipe without adding lentils for making poriyal using avarakkai (broad beans), kothavarangai (cluster beans), vaazhakai (raw banana), chenai kizhangu (elephant’s foot yam), etc.



80 Comments Add yours

  1. lovely pictures with yummy spread

    1. Megala says:

      Thank you.

  2. Rita says:

    I boil beets and eat them often. This sounds like a great way to spice them up.

    1. Megala says:

      Yes, I do find the combo of beetroots, pepper & garlic more delicious. Thank you!

  3. This is a interesting recipe!!

  4. lovely picture, Megala.

    1. Megala says:

      Thanks Pranitha. Sorry for the late reply, just now retrieved these from spam folder.

      1. 😊 no worries, my dear!

  5. I agree that pepper goes super well with beetroot. Minus the garlic, my method in this too is the same.

    1. Megala says:

      Yes, garlic adds a lovely texture & flavor in here, hope you would like it.

      1. Sure will tweak it and will let you know how it turned out

  6. Nisha Sharma says:

    This is a good recipe. Different from the one I shared few weeks back. Will try this too

    1. Megala says:

      Yes, I do remember that you wanted to check my version too, and I guess you would like it. 🙂 Thank you.

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    1. Megala says:

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