Beets Fry (Beetroot Varai)


  • 1 large beet
  • ½ teaspoon Sri Lankan chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • ½ cup red onion chopped finely
  • 1 strand curry leaves
  • 2 – 3 dried red chilies broken into 3 pieces
  • Salt to taste


  • Peel and wash the beets thoroughly to remove any soil particles.
  • shred the beets carrot scraper or shredder
  • Add beets, chili powder, salt and water to a non stick skillet and cook on a low flame for about 7 minutes
  • Add shredded coconut and cook uncovered until all the water is evaporated or about 2 minutes
  • Set aside
  • In the same skillet add oil
  • When the oil is hot add chopped onion and fry until golden brown
  • Add red chilies, curry leaves and fry for another 2 minutes
  • Add cooked beets and mix well and fry on low flame for another 2 – 3 minutes
  • Serve with rice

Yields: 2 – 3 servings as side dish

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