My SriLankan Recipes

Sweet and Spicy Beetroot Curry


This is a lovely beet-root curry recipe and easy to cook. A mildly Sweet and spicy curry, it can be served with either rice or breads.


Beetroot Curry



Beet-Root (Thinly sliced) 250g
Onion (Sliced) 1 Large
Fresh Green chili (Sliced) 2
Garlic (Sliced) 3 cloves
Chili powder 1 TSP
Turmeric Powder (Optional) ½ TSP
Coriander Powder ¾ TSP
Mustard seeds ½ TSP
Fenugreek Seeds ½ TSP
Coconut Milk/Cream (Thick) 1 TBS
Curry Leaves 1 Sprig
Pandan Leaves 1
Salt 1 TSP or to taste
Water 1 Cup
Oil 1 TBS


How I made it:-

  • Heat the oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds when they start to splutter add fenugreek seeds.
  • Add onions, garlic, curry leaves, pandan leaves and green chili. Fry for 30 seconds.
  • Add the sliced beet-root and cook for five to six minutes.


  • Add turmeric powder, chili powder, coriander powder along with salt. Stir fry for 1 minute.
  • Add the water to the pan and cook in a medium flame for 10 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
  • When the beets become tender and soft add the coconut milk and stir, then cook for 3 minutes.
  • When the gravy starts to get dry, remove from fire.
  • Serve with plain rice as a side.

Beet Curry

12 thoughts on “Sweet and Spicy Beetroot Curry

  1. Nava Krishnan

    Great idea of using beets for such a curry. Never thought of and never anything near to this fabulous curry. In fact I seldom cook beets but certainly am tempted after looking at the outcome.

    1. Dhanish Post author

      Thanks Nava for stopping by. Yes the curry tastes awesome with just with plain rice. And go well with fish curry and rice too :).

  2. Pavithra

    Ohh, no pandan leaves in India!! :(
    Beetroot curry looks yum, fresh and quite new to me!!
    I have never thought of a combination where beetroot can be added with coconut milk!
    I’m definitely trying this!!

    1. Dhanish Post author

      Thanks dear for stopping by. Yes it’s so sad that NO pandan leaves in India. :( Do give a try to this recipe Dear, You will really love this simple curry.

  3. Sugar et al

    Beetroot is such a versatile and wondeful vegetable. And the way you have cooked it sounds delicious. The addition of pandan leaves and coconut milk is unique. I am very intrigued by the recipe!

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