Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Beetroot Chickpea Stirfry!


I first tasted this combo in my office foodcourt back in Bangalore years ago. Its indeed an awesome combo and its so delicious when you get a soft chickpea to bite with the beetroot. 
We generally make a normal beetroot stirfry.. or grate the beeetroot and make a poriyal / thoran out of it. This is bit time consuming as you got to boil the chickpeas and then add it with beetroot. 
But when I cook chole or make hummus I reserve some boiled chickpeas for this. So next day life becomes so easy to make this dish. It goes well with rice as well as rotis. 

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped beetroot
  • 1 cup boiled chickpeas
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp jeera
  • 2 tsp Urad dal
  • a pinch of hing
  • 3 Green chillis
  • salt as needed
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder (or as per taste)
  • 3 tbsp grated coconut (fresh or dessicated)
  • coriander leaves to garnish

STEPS
  • Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds followed by urad dal. Once the dal turns brown, add jeera, hing and then chopped onions. 
  • Saute the onions, then add slit green chillis and saute well.
  • Meanwhile I microwaved the chopped beetroot with water and little salt for 5 - 6 minutes so that its 3/4th cooked.

  • Once onion is well sauted, add the microwaved beetroot and saute. Then add salt, chilli powder and mi well. 
  • Add the boiled chickpeas too and give a stir. Sprinkle some water and close and cook for 5 - 7 minutes or until the beetroot is cooked well and soft.
  • Once the beetroot is soft, add grated coconut and chopped coriander , give a nice mix and turn of stove.
NOTES
  • I forgot to add garlic , you can add that as well or just neglect both garlic and onion and make it a No Onion No Garlic dish.
  • Microwaving the beetroot is optional , it only makes the cooking time on stovetop faster. You can also add raw chopped beetroot, saute it for long and then close and cook for longtime till its cooked soft.
  • You can also use tinned chickpeas that can be added straight away to the dish though I generally refrain from tinned foods.


With Love,



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