Beetroot Aloo Koora


This is one of my favorite ways to eat beetroot. The color is so vibrant. The sweetness of the beets works great with potatoes and the spices. This is an Andhra style dry koora, so eat with rice and ghee.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
4 servings


  • 4 large red beets - trimmed, peeled, and cut into cubes

  • 3 potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • ½ teaspoon skinned split black lentils (urad dal)

  • ½ teaspoon mustard seed

  • ½ teaspoon cumin seed

  • 2 dried red chile peppers, broken into pieces

  • 1 pinch asafoetida powder

  • 6 fresh curry leaves

  • ½ teaspoon ground red pepper

  • ¼ cup flaked coconut


  1. Place the beets and potatoes in separate bowls, each with enough water to cover. Set aside to soak until you need them.

  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the lentils, mustard seed, cumin seed, and red chile peppers in the hot oil until the seeds begin to splutter, about 30 seconds. Stir the asafoetida and curry leaves into the mixture and cook another few seconds.

  3. Drain the beets and potatoes and add to the skillet. Cook and stir until they begin to brown, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and continue cooking until the potatoes and beets are soft, about 20 minutes more. If there is excess water in the pan, increase the heat to high and cook until the water evaporates completely. Stir the red pepper and coconut into the mixture and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

321 Calories
9g Fat
55g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 321
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Sodium 217mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 55g 20%
Dietary Fiber 11g 40%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 44mg 221%
Calcium 90mg 7%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 1519mg 32%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.