Monday, February 5, 2018

Beetroot Rice | Beetroot Pulao | Variety Rice

Beetroot rice, a quick to make delicious rice recipe with the grated beetroot. Next to beetroot raita, this is my favorite recipe made with beetroot. 

I have heard from many people saying that they don't like beetroot because of strong earthy flavor, if you're one among them, give a try on this, this rice recipe doesn't have that strong flavor, since the recipe has garam masala & ginger garlic paste, those flavors subside the strong beetroot earthy flavor. 

Mild sweetness from the beetroot along with those whole spices & garam masala make the rice  so delicious.This beetroot rice is an ideal recipe to pack for lunch box along with simple raita and chips. To be honest, i won't need any of those side dishes for this rice, as it is, it's so good, it's so flavorful and really very appealing.
Here in the recipe,i have used the basmati rice, but some times, i had tried it with jeeraga samba rice, that too tastes equally good. Personally i like the beetroot rice that have been made with basmati/ jeeraga samba rice than the regular rice. I guess, the rice flavor is also key in this recipe, but you can try with whatever rice variety you like, after all it's all personal preference right?? Now let's check out the recipe.

Beetroot Rice | Beetroot Pulao

Preparation Time : 1 hr | Cooking Time : 20 minsServes :
Recipe Category: Curry | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Beetroot Rice,Beetroot Pulao, Variety Rice Beetroot rice, a quick to make delicious rice recipe with the grated beetroot.
Beetroot - 1 cup (grated)
Cooked Basmati Rice - 2 cup
Onion - 1 (small)
Green chili - 2
Curry leaves - few
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tbsp
Garam Masala powder - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste
Oil - 2 tsp
Cashews - 4
Cinnamon- 1 inch stick
Cloves - 3
Cardamom - 1
Bay leaf - 1
Lemon - 1/2

First cut the onions into thin slices, slit the green chilies and grate the beetroot. Heat a pan with oil, add the whole spices(cinnamon, cloves, cardamom & bay leaf), let it fry in the oil for 30 secs.
Then add the cashews, roast till it becomes golden brown, next add the onions, curry leaves & chili. Saute till the onions becomes translucent.
Add the ginger garlic paste, saute till the raw smell leaves, then add the grated beetroot, saute the beetroot till it cooks.
Keep the cooked rice ready. Once the beetroot is cooked, add the salt and garam masala. Give a good mix.
Add the rice, gently mix it with the beetroot masala and finally squeeze the lemon. Switch off the flame.
Tada, Tasty & healthy Beetroot rice is ready to serve. Serve it with onion raita & some chips.

Related: How to make Beetroot Pachadi 

  • You can use left over rice also for this beetroot rice.
  • I have already added salt while cooking the rice, so while sauteing, just added salt for the beetroot alone.
  • When you make variety rice, always add salt to rice while cooking itself, that will give balanced seasoning to the rice.
  • For richer taste, instead of oil, use ghee.
  • Ginger garlic paste and garam masala gives great flavor to this rice, so don't skip it.
  • Depends on beetroot sweetness and your preference, you can adjust the green chilli and also if you want more spice, add 1/2 tsp of  red chilli powder also.


  1. Havent prepared this beetroot pulao since a while, prefect dish to pack anyone's lunch box. Very attractive and healthy pulao.

    1. Yes, it's healthy and also very appealing, Priya.

  2. Love this vibrant and bright colored rice. Beautifully presented.

  3. Beautifully presented , I love your clicks . The rice looks very pretty , specially in those white bowl .

    1. Thanks Vaishai, the color from the beets itself make the rice so photogenic.

  4. Beautiful colour and this works out so well for packing. I too make it similar way and my son has been asking me as his friend gets it, should make it sometime!

    1. Yes,definitely it's a kids friendly recipe, Valli

  5. I love all things made with beets. This rice looks delectable. Gorgeous color.

  6. Wou that's looking lovely. I will try this soon😊

    1. Thanks Gitanjali, give a try and let me know how it turned out for you.

  7. Beetroot pulao taste much batter then any other pulao for me. Kids too love this pulao at home. Beetroot flavor gives such flavor to rice and aroma.

  8. When I saw this beetroot rice post on FB, I was literally admiring the dish. The color of the rice is so beautiful and this would be a great lunch box choice.

  9. I love the color of beet rice, looks so delicious and each grain separated.

  10. Beautifully colored, packed with nutrition, this beetroot rice is going to a hit in my family.

  11. Beetroot rice is my all time favorite. The vibrant colour is so appealing and tempting.