Beetroot chutney (Beetroot sasam)

Beetroot is very rarely used by my mom in her cooking. May be because of its sweetish and a very strong taste. But whenever my dad brought beetroots, she prepared this sasam. This goes well as a side dish with rice. Its texture is something like a chutney. My brother used beetroots very frequently, so even I started using it. Last time when I bought it, my mom gave me this recipe and I absolutely loved the taste. I also loved to eat it as a thick gravy with rice.

Since beetroot is cooked as a normal ‘stir fry’ first and ground into a chutney later, I guess this can be made with the leftover beetroot stir fry also. That way you will not get bored of eating same thing for days ;).

Beetroot 2
Mustard 1/2 tea spn
Asafoetida a pinch
Green chillies 4-5
Tamarind 1/2 tea spn
Coconut 1/2 cup
Oil 1 tea spn

Cut beetroot into small pieces (Mom had told me to ‘grate’ beetroot, but since it is ground again after cooking, I chose to cut it, to save time).
Heat oil and add mustard. When they start popping, add asafoetida, chillies and beetroot. Add 1/4 cup water and cook till beetroot becomes soft.

Grind coconut, salt and tamarind to paste with minimum water (just like any normal chutney). Now add cooked beetroot and grind again (the beetroot need not become very smooth paste. 2-3 rounds in mixer/blender to coarsely grind the beetroot is enough).
Serve as a sidedish with rice.

Serves : 4
Preparation time : 20mins

18 thoughts on “Beetroot chutney (Beetroot sasam)”

  1. I love using beetroots in my cooking, Shilpa. I am sure gonna try this one out. Maybe soon enough, so that I can serve it to my parents-in-law, who have come here to visit us. Thanks for the recipe. 🙂

  2. Thanks Sudha, ArSu,RP,Ashwini.
    Vineela, ‘sasam’ is a Konkani sidedish. Usually it is some dish that has un-cooked coconut chutney in it.

    Vaishali, let me know if your in-laws liked it :).

  3. Shilpa… Since i had eetroots and after reading your post, i thought why dont i try this. It came out very well. I never knew we make sasam out of beetroot. I had bought it to make beetroot halwa, but tried this recipe. Thanks a lot, i enjoyed eating it.

  4. I tried this recipe and it was a big hit. Absolutely loved it… Thank you so much for sharing this easy but very healthy recipe.

  5. tell me a thing…..did you peel the raw beetroots beforehand?? With a peeler? I mean its a bit tough to peel them unless they are boiled beforehand.

  6. to answer Varsha’s question, you can steam the beetroots in a pressure cooker or micro-wave and peel and chop and add to the recipe. This is much quicker to cook…

  7. i tried this but i manipulated some ingredients like instead of using cocnut i used til i.e. seasame and remeber not to add water at all……but tasted good..thanks for the recipe

  8. Deepa from Minneapolis

    Megele sasam ekdum bare jyale… I am married to a konkani so trying to speak and cook a little. We loved your sasam… Was really nice. My son loved it too..

    Thanks for sharing!

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