There was a time when I would just throw away beetroot leaves. I would use the tender stems, but discard the leaves. Then I saw a recipe of masoor with red chard. So I started making a similar dish with beetroot leaves. Now after many experiments with it, I think I have reached to this recipe which we love. I use a small beetroot for it sometimes, but mostly, I use only stems and leaves.
2 cups beetroot stems and leaves
1/2 cup cooked beetroot pieces(optional)
1/2 cup red masoor dal
1 tea spn cumin seeds
1/2 cup onion
1 tea spn chopped ginger
1 tea spn chopped garlic
1 tea spn red chilli powder
1 tea spn garam masala (or any other spice blend you like)
Heat oil and add cumin seeds, ginger, garlic, onion. Fry for few minutes.
Then add masoor dal and fry for few minutes. Add chilli powder, garam masala, salt. Fry for a minute.
Add beetroot leaves and pieces, half cup water. Cover and cook till done.
I normally do not prefer to cook this in pressure cooker, because masoor dal gets cooked very soon. I like to take it off the heat when masoor dal is cooked through, but not mashed completely.
Serves : 3-4
Preparation time : 30mins