Spiced Turnips (Shalgam Masala)


I love turnips. This Northern Indian dish is great way to spice up traditional mashed turnips. This dish is great garnished with fresh cilantro or parsley and served with basmati rice, or with naan bread. The amount of chiles you use really controls the heat factor in this dish.

close up view of Spiced Turnips (Shalgam Masala) over fried polenta on a white plate
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
36 mins
Total Time:
56 mins
4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste

  • 2 small green chile peppers, seeded and chopped

  • 2 tomatoes, chopped

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric

  • salt to taste

  • 2 cups peeled and cubed turnips

  • cup hot water

  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir until soft, about 10 minutes. Stir in ginger-garlic paste and chile peppers; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  2. Stir tomatoes, coriander, cumin, turmeric, and salt into the saucepan; mix well. Add turnips and hot water; stir well. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until turnips are tender, 20 to 30 minutes. Add brown sugar and coarsely mash the turnips.

Cook's Note:

Homemade ginger-garlic paste can be made by mashing equal parts garlic and fresh ginger root into a paste.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

126 Calories
7g Fat
14g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 126
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 134mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 79mg 395%
Calcium 50mg 4%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 419mg 9%

* 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.

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