Vibrant Beetroot Pilaf

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Ever heard how good beetroot is for you and wondered how to incorporate more of it into your meals? Beetroots are a good source of nutrients, fiber, and many plant compounds. Their health benefits include lowered blood pressure, improved heart health and enhanced exercise capacity,

Vibrant beetroot cashew pilaf rice is a spectacular dish that is pumping with the goodness of beetroot and pleasing to the taste buds at the same time.


Serves 2


  • 1 cup grated beetroot
  • 1 cup Basmati rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 (small) red onion
  • 2 green chilies
  • A few curry leaves
  • 1 Tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tsp oil or ghee
  • 1/3 cup roasted cashews
  • 2.5cm (1 inch) stick cinnamon
  • 3 cloves
  • 2 pods Cardamom
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Leafy greens



  1. Cook the rice in 2 cups of water on low heat.
  2. Cut the onions into thin slices, slit the green chilies and grate the beetroot.
  3. Heat a pan with oil, add the whole spices (cinnamon, cloves, cardamom & bay leaf) and fry on medium heat for 30 secs.
  4. Add the onions, curry leaves & chili and sauté until the onions become translucent.
  5. Add the ginger garlic paste and sauté until cooked (it no longer smells raw), then add the grated beetroot and sauté until it changes colour and softens.
  6. Add the salt, garam masala and cashews and mix well.
  7. Gently stir in the cooked rice and drizzle with lemon juice.
  8. Switch off the heat.
  9. Garnish with leafy greens and this tasty, healthy beetroot rice is ready to serve!



By Vrndavan Dasi

Founder and Principal of Veda Yoga Teacher Training