When Nupur of ONE HOT STOVE announced the event blog bites BB#7,(on the lines of IRON CHEF AMERICA)
she wanted us to cook 2 dishes with a common star ingredient, the next minute i was frantically searching my bookmarked recipes because i had already set my mind on "BEETS".Ask me why?????
Because I never imagined that this root can be cooked in so many different ways until i saw PRIYA'S beetroot kootu and APARNA'S beetroot cup cakes. Wow!!!!! such an versatile root!!!!!Thanks to Priya and aparna, i found two new recipes

The original recipe can be seen here

3 beets chopped

1/4 cup green gram dal

1 tsp oil

1 tsp mustard seeds

1/4 tsp asafoetida

Grind together

Coriander seeds 1 tbsp

Fenugreek seeds 1 tsp

oats 2 tbsp

red chillies 3

Pressure cook the beets along with the dhal and just enough water.

Dry roast the ingredients under the "grind together list", cool and grind it in the mixie

In a pan add a tsp of oil and when heated up add the mustard seeds and asafoetida.

When the mustard seeds crackle add the cooked beets and dhal and let it boil for 3 minutes

Now add the ground mixture to it and add the necessary salt as well.

Let it boil for a few minutes and add the curry leaves to flavour

Lovely red kootu is ready

This tastes very different and very good as well.
This will be a regular in my kitchen. Too good. Thanks a ton PRIYA


I have always wanted to bake a red cake but the red colouring stopped me. Never wanted to use RED after reading the article or even this RED
But Aparna had found another way to colour her cake and i loved this.wOW!!I wonder as to how she came up with this!!. DO READ HER POST FOR THE CHEMISTRY BEHIND THE colouring. Loads OF INFORMATION

Now to the recipe. The original recipe can be seen HERE

All purpose flour 1 1/4 cup

Granulated Sugar 1 1/4 cup

Cocoa powder 1 1/2 tbsp

fresh beet puree 3/4 cup

Lemon juice 1/4 cup

OIL 1/3 cup

Baking powder 1 1/2 tsp

vanilla extract 1 tsp

salt 1/4 tsp


Peel 2 medium sized beets , chop and cook it. I microwaved it for 5 minutes. Cool and puree it along with 3 tbsp of water and keep aside

Whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt

whisk the cooked beets, oil, lemon juice together.

Mix the dry flour mixture with this, just till the combine together

Line the cup cake moulds

Spoon the mixture into the moulds and bake them at 180 C for 20 to 25 minutes or till done(a toothpick inserted at the center should come out clean)

Cool the cakes and then do the icing though we liked it without any icing

Thanks Aparna for that wonderful post and for the loads of information too.

This goes to NUPUR'S BB#7. Do check out her blog and the round up because you may find new ways to cook the same ingredient!!!!!!!

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