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Spiced Turnips (Shalgam Masala)

Kathleen Woods Rubino

"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."
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56 m servings 126 cals
Original recipe yields 4 servings

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  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; 7.4 g fat; 14 g carbohydrates; 2.2 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 134 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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This was my first time cooking with turnips, and this turned out beautifully! My partner even asked for seconds! Great flavor, easy to make, and surprisingly filling served with rice. I didn't h...

Absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing this recipe. Eye grow my own turnips now so this recipe was a godsend!

This was delicious! I didn't have fresh tomatoes, so I used a can of crushed tomatoes.

Absolutely delicious. A new recipe for my "keeper file". Thank you for the recipe.