The pinkish-red beetroot available during winter has varied nutritional benefits. Though the vegetable isn't liked by most, when cooked into tasty dishes, adults as well as children are ready to gulp in.
There have been days in childhood when we used to run away from crunchy and juicy beetroot owing to its raw taste that wasn’t good enough for our tastebuds. However, we ignored the health benefits of the vegetable that it had to offer. With time, people have realised its enormous benefits which can be served in different ways.
What is beetroot?
Beetroot is considered to be one of the healthiest vegetables and is filled with nutrients and minerals. Beet is the root portion of the beetroot plant and belongs to the Beta vulgaris family. All the parts of the beetroot including roots and leaves are edible. Beetroots are high in nutrition and low in carbs.
History of beetroot
The first instance of beetroot originated in the 19th century when it was used to give a maroonish hue to red wine. Romans first cultivated beetroot, which later was used for several medical and cooking purposes.
Beetroots are filled with vitamins and minerals that are necessary for the functioning of the human body. Beetroot is rich in fibre, folate, vitamin B9, manganese, iron, potassium, and many more. These nutrients can be derived if we include beetroot in our daily diet.
Take a look at some of the dishes of beetroot that can be included in our diet:
1. Beetroot Cheela
Beetroot cheela is not only a tasty dish but looks beautiful at the same time. The bright pink-red coloured cheela is full of nutrients. Cheela is made with besan, oats flour, and beetroot puree. It is the perfect breakfast recipe but can also have for lunch and dinner.
2. Beetroot Halwa
Beetroot halwa is not as popular as carrot halwa, however, many people are fond of it. The sweet dish is made by slow-cooking the grated beetroots along with milk, sugar, cardamom, ghee, and dry fruits. The rich colour of the beetroot halwa remains unmatched. Besides, the dish is a must for the winter and is loved by adults as well as kids.
3. Beetroot Paratha
Beetroot paratha is a nutritious pinkish-red flatbread dish that is ideal for lunch and dinner. Paratha is made with beetroot puree and the flatbread can be eaten with pickle and raita. Besides, it is also easy-to-make recipe for the lunch box.
4. Beetroot Poori
The crimson colour beetroot poori is an attractive lunch recipe. The dough of wheat flour and beetroot puree when mixed with spices, gives a pleasantly sweet flavour. There is a dash of sweetness that gives an authentic taste to it. Beetroot poori can be served with sabzi or curry of your choice.
5. Beetroot Bhaji
Beetroot bhaji is a side dish that can be accompanied by both rice and chapatti. Carrots and beetroots go hand in hand in the beetroot bhaji. Beetroot bhaji has the sweetness of the vegetables and heat coming from green chillies and dry red chillies. It is a perfect dinner recipe and is full of nutritional content.