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Beetroot Poriyal served in a white bowl

Beetroot Poriyal

Beetroot Poriyal also known as Beetroot Thoran is a tasty vegan and gluten-free stir-fried beetroot recipe from India. Very easy to make, this quick beetroot recipe gets ready in under 30 minutes and is a specialty of South India.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 5 people
Calories 74kcal


  • Grater
  • Pot


  • 2 large beetroots very finely chopped or grated
  • 6-7 red pearl onions cut in half
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1-2 green chilies finely chopped
  • A sprig of curry leaves
  • 3 tbsp freshly grated coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp urad dal split skinned black gram
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil preferably coconut oil
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime or as per taste


  • Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and urad dal to it. Once the seeds start spluttering add the curry leaves, onions, and green chilies.
  • When the onions turn translucent add the chopped beetroot and grated ginger. Mix everything, cover the pan and allow to cook for 5-7 minutes.
  • Finally, add the grated coconut, mix and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Switch off the gas, add fresh lime juice and serve with rice and rasam/ sambhar/ dal.


If you don't like the taste of coconut, skip it in the recipe. It will still be delicious.


Calories: 74kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 58mg | Potassium: 170mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg