Udipi Thali

Day 9 BM #56 - 
After covering Punjab, Maharashtra and Andhra, today we move on to Karnataka. Today's curry is specifically from the Udipi cuisine. The simple menu here is Masale Chitranna, Moong Dal-Udipi style, Rice and Beetroot Gravy Curry along with yogurt.

The moong dal and masale chitranna recipes will follow soon. The spices in this curry takes the humble beetroot to an altogether new plane. So if you do not relish the bland taste of beetroot, this curry will probably appeal to you.

Beetroot Gravy Curry - Udipi Style

Recipe Source here
Ingredients - 
Beetroot, peeled and cubed 1 1/2 cups
Toor Dal 3 Tbsp
Tamarind extract 1-2 Tbsp
Jaggery / Sugar 1 tsp
Salt as needed
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Seasoning Ingredients (Oil 2 tsp, Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp, Urad Dal 1 tsp, Curry leaves few)
To Roast and Grind - 
Oil 1 tsp
Chana Dal 1 tsp
Urad Dal 1 tsp
Dhania (Coriander Seeds) 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek Seeds a pinch
Red Chilies 2-3
Curry Leaves few
Fresh Coconut 1/4 cup

Beetroot Gravy Curry - Udipi Style

Method Of Preparation -

In a pan add a cup of water and beetroot cubes. Add jaggery/sugar to it and let it cook.

In a pressure cooker, boil the toor dal with 1/2 a cup of water.

Meanwhile, prepare the masala for the curry.

In a different pan, add oil and roast all the ingredients listed under Roast and Grind separately .

Grind them all together adding a little water into a smooth paste. Set aside.

After the beetroot is cooked through, add the cooked toor dal, the masala paste and salt.

Add more water to adjust the consistency.

Let it simmer for a few minutes.

Prepare the seasoning by heating oil and adding the seasoning ingredients.

Pour the seasoning into the curry and mix well.

Remove from heat and serve it hot.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 56.

Preparation Time 45 min
Serves 4-5
Posted by Harini R on Thursday, September 10, 2015


  1. Flavorful curry & that is a simple, mouthwatering thali

  2. Beetroot cooked with dal , wow never heard of it.The thali looks delicious.

  3. yummy curry.

  4. Thats a very interesting curry , like Sapna says never cooked this way , though i add beetroot to tuar dasl while boiling but this is totally new. And that thali looks fantastic . Looking forward to the rest of the recipes.

  5. Kalyani Says:
  6. I generally make just poriyal (dry curry) or cutlets with Beet.. this curry is interesting !! bookmarking ...

  7. Priya Suresh Says:
  8. Quite an irresistible Thali, that masala chitranna makes me hungry.. Very catchy and beautiful gravy there.

  9. The gravy looks so delicious and colourful.

  10. Srivalli Says:
  11. Entire spread looks so inviting Harini..very nicely presented!

  12. Srividhya Says:
  13. Love that vibrant color. Entire thali looks so amazing

  14. Sandhiya Says:
  15. Never made curry with beetroot.. Sounds interesting..I looks so colorful & yummy.

  16. Pavani Says:
  17. Very interesting and delicious curry with beets. Looks amazing.

  18. Archana Says:
  19. Wow this is delicious. No one butme eats beetroots in my house. So will try this

  20. Suma Gandlur Says:
  21. This is a new one to me. We love beets and am thinking we are going to love it.

  22. I use beetroot only in dry side dishes. This curry looks so nice. Need to try this...

  23. to use beets in a gravy dish is quite unique to me - I usually think of beets in salads or just roasted on its own - wonder how the sweet beets are in this?

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