Beet and Carrot Koshimbir(spiced salad). vegan glutenfree. And a Giveaway!!

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A simple side salad today. Grated beet and carrots , spiced up with a mustard seeds and chili tadka. Served as is or mixed in with non dairy yogurt. It makes for a pretty and delicious side with any meal. Read about the anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, detox and other health benefits of Beets here.You can add other crunchy veggies like Jicama, celery, radish and more. Adjust the taste to make your own, add lemon juice or zest for a sour version, some yogurt for a cooling version to serve with other spicy dishes.

What else to do with Beets? Make a pretty Smoothie, a Burger patty , or candy some make Cookies!

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Ingredients:
1 medium Beet grated(raw or roasted/boiled beet)
5-6 baby carrots grated or chopped small
1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
a generous pinch of raw sugar
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
a generous pinch of black pepper or red chili powder

Tempering:
1 teaspoon organic canola oil
a generous pinch of asofoetida(hing) (or use garlic powder if you dont have hing. Add garlic powder once you take the oil off heat)
1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 green chili slit or to taste
2 Tablespoons chopped cilantro

Garnish:
Crushed roasted peanuts or shredded coconut.

Method:
Grate beet and carrots. Add salt, sugar, lemon juice and pepper. Mix well and keep in a bowl.
In a small pan, add oil, heat on medium.
Add mustard seeds when the oil is hot.
Let the mustard seeds start to pop, then add asofoetida and chili.
Cook for half a minute, stir the chili so it cooks on all sides.
Pour this into the beet bowl.
Mix well. Top with Cilantro, peanuts/coconut. Serve.

Variations:
- Add some non dairy yogurt into the beet bowl. Mix and serve. It will look like thick deep pink Raita.(Indian Yogurt dip side). I used So Delicious Plain coconut milk yogurt.
- Add cumin seeds instead of mustard seeds to the tempering.
- If you dont like the raw Beet taste, then add the grated beet and carrot to the tempering pan after adding green chili. Mix well and cook covered on low for 4-5 minutes. Stir 2-3 times in between. Or use roasted or boiled beet.


This Koshimbir is heading to Prerna's Indian Food Palooza at IndianSimmer.


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51 comments:

  1. Yay! I have all of the ingredients for this in my refrigerator, and I've been wanting to do something more interesting with beets. I'm happy that the beets are served raw, since I'm not generally a fan of them cooked. What a great use of your cute little Le Creuset in red! The color is vibrant and beautiful.

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    1. That tiny Le creuset sits in my phtography props area!. never to be touched by hubbs! Its just one of those things.. the things he knows that I want lightly used, end up slipping form his hands :).. so they just do not get used unless absolutely necessary :D

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  2. you make such lovely beet dishes, richa! i love this side salad, and would love to eat the entire pot of it right now. (and i love that bright red pot!)

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  3. oh..ps- i like you on facebook. in case you didn't know.. :X <3

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    1. oh u r.. i dint know :P. Yeah, mom keeps reminding me to eat more Beet.. so i find ways to use it! And the red pot is so difficult to match with other foods:)

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  4. I have never been the biggest fan of beets. But I think I might have to give them another chance.

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    1. if you dont like the taste ,you can candy them and add to muffins, cookies and stuff.:)

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  5. Mmm.... that looks really good. Ive never cooked with beets before, but i would love to try it out sometime.

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    1. Thank you for the like Sarah. Beets are very nutritious.. do give them a try!

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  6. I love grated carrot salads; this must be so nice with the spices :)

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  7. the ingredients & method of making the beet carrot salad is similar to the one i make with raw papaya. i usually avoid raw beets. i have heard they can be toxic. don't know how much true it is as i have not done any research.

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    1. I havent seen anything about toxicity anywhere.. in fact they help control toxins in the body. Raw beets are an excellent source of folates too. i dont get raw papaya here.. and beets are in season in all sorts of colors!

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    2. a few of my russian friends had told me about the toxicity. one of them was a yoga and ayurvedic expert.

      at that time there were so many things on my head, i did not give attention. i will find out about it.

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  8. This sure looks a very healthy and delicious side dish. The bright colours and the tempering of the dish makes it so appetising! Lovely post.

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  9. I clicked (from foodgawker) because I like beets. I stayed, because I love bread. I'm gonna have so much fun with your blog!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by! Do let me know if you try something! I have tons of breads in the archives!

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  10. if only i didn't think beets tasted like dirt. (i think i'm one of those supertasters. i hate cilantro and most other fresh herbs too. they overpower the dish.)
    thanks for the giveaway! i'm gonna promote it over on vegan coupons. <3

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    1. Thank you for promoting it! you can candy the beets and they wont taste like beet at all.

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  11. Looks delicious! I only recently started eating beets, I've never liked them before now... Thanks!
    -Susan
    Susan.braze@gmail.com

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  12. Yum! I love the idea of garnishing the final dish with peanuts, everything you make Richa always looks so amazing!

    Tell me, when you prep your beets do you wear gloves or do you have pink hued hands for the week?

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    1. haha.. no.. i just peeled the beet half first so i could hold it on the other end without pinking the hands, for this and grated it, peeled a bit and grated and then washed the hands quickly.:)
      i love crunchy peanuts too with this one.. its raw , then spice then crunch!

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  13. First time visitor. Loved your blog. My son has an allergy to dairy products. I am always on a lookout for a healthy vegan recipe and your blog serves the purpose. Happy to follow you..:)

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    Manali.

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    1. Thank you Manali! Hope you find some great options here. I have veganized a lot of indian dishes already. check out the albums on the facebook page for curries, indian sweets and more!

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    1. i'd love for you to win too! thank you for the like!

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  15. I liked you on Facebook

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  16. This looks delicious! I have come to love beets in the past few years.

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    Alena

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  17. Also! I already follow you on facebook!

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  18. I have liked you on Facebook and entering here for some giveaways!

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  19. I don't know why but I have a hard time coming up with creative ways to prepare beets (other than roasting or boiling and eating them plain). And I get tired of them that way. This recipe sounds great!

    @bjoycannon

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    1. Thank you for the like joy! we keep eating a lot of roasted beet too, and then get bored and stay away from it for a few weeks.. then somedays i find other ways to eat up the beet.

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  20. I also liked you on FB. :) Thanks for doing a giveaway!

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  21. we go through so delicious like crazy here. i'd love a chance to win
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  22. liked on on FB

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  23. I love this recipe and that little red pot is the cutest!

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity ;)



    ps. I'm having a Potluck Party - it would be great if you could share one of your fantastic recipes.
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  24. This recipe sound good!
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  25. I love finding new ways to use beets. :)

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  26. Beautiful beet dish! I love beets and have just discovered the delicious flavor of them raw. I will be making this for sure! mimiladybug at verizon dot net

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  27. What a lovely salad, and so nutritious too! Beets are one of my favourite things to use in salads. Thank you for sharing another delicious recipe!

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  28. What a healthy and delicious salad Richa! Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe on Allergy-Free Wednesdays! Be sure to check back next week for recipe highlights (including the top 3 reader choice submissions and hostess favorites).

    Be Well!

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  29. love that colour, beets always makes any dish prettier :)

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  30. OMG awesome looking recipe. It seems that very frequently when I'm looking for a recipe to highlight from the hearth and soul blog hop, I'm drawn to yours. Thanks for sharing!

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  31. I am featuring this tasty salad this week on Allergy-Free Wednesdays :)

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  32. I have tried this recipe twice now and I have a really hard time with the tempering for some reason. Mustard seeds popping every which way and the garlic powder (couldn't find the other stuff) just gets clumpy and burnt right away. So sad! Good thing beets and carrots are good on their own...

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    1. Hi Kaitlin, you can skip the garlic powder. if using garlic powder, it needs to be added in the end. I will update the instructions.
      you can cover the pan with a lid. the seeds will stop popping after a few seconds.
      beets and carrot are definitely great by themselves too.

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