Beetroot Idly

Beetroot is the taproot portion of the beet plant. Other than food, it is used in food coloring and as a medicinal plant. Usually deep purple root of the beetroot are eaten either boiled, roasted or just like that in a salad. When beet juice is used it is most stable in foods with low water content. Betanins obtained from the beets are used as a red food colorants in desserts, jams, ice creams and breakfast cereals. Beets are also used to make wine. It has many nutritional values too.

Today we are starting with final week of Blogging Marathon 49. My theme for this week is to cook colorful dishes for kids. For day 1, I choose to cook with beets, which as a natural color in itself and also very good for our  and kids health.  So here is a colorful idly with beets.


We need:

Idly batter 1 cup
Beetroot paste 2 - 3 spoons
Salt to taste


Peel the skin of beets and cut into small pieces.
Make a smooth paste with the chopped beets.
Add salt and beets paste to idly batter and mix well.
Fill idly plates with beets batter and place the idly plates in the idly cooker or in the regular cooker.
Do not forget to add a glass full of water in the cooker.
Steam cook the idly's for 7 to 9 minutes.
Switch off the flame and wait for 10 minutes before removing the cooker lid.
Serve the yummy, hot and colorful beets idly with any chutney.


Check to see what my fellow bloggers are cooking for BM 49.


This recipe also goes Varada's Kitchen who is hosting Kids Delight- Colorful Dishes.


Julie said…
innovative idlis :)
Srividhya said…
Great way to sneak in the veggies.
Chef Mireille said…
love the color - looks so inviting
Srivalli said…
Very good choice and thanks for linking to the event Sushma..
Priya Suresh said…
Wow, idlis looks very attractive, thats an excellent idea to add beets in idlies.
Harini-Jaya R said…
Innovative idea for colorful idlis!
Love the speckled idli's! Looks so beautiful :)
Pavani N said…
Wow, what a colorful and delicious looking beet idlis.

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