Collection of root vegetable recipes.
About Root Vegetables
Root vegetables are the edible underground plant parts. They grow in the form of bulbs. Some of the most common root vegetables are potato, carrot, beetroot, onion, ginger, garlic, turmeric, turnip, etc.
They are used in a variety of Indian cooking and they are featured in every course. Some of the lip-smacking desserts are made with carrots and beetroots. Ginger is used to making a healing Ayurvedic drink called kashaya. Onion is commonly used in making masala bases.
Benefits of root vegetables
Root vegetables are called powerhouses of nutrients. They are packed with high amounts of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They absorb nutrition to feed the rest of the plant. Each root vegetable contains its own set of benefits. For example, carrots are loaded with vitamin A and beta-carotene; and beetroot is high in folate and magnesium. Most root vegetables are high in dietary fiber. Use the recipes here to include root vegetables in your diet.
How to select and store a root vegetable
Select the root vegetables that are firm and dry. Do not choose soft or moist root vegetables as they would not be fresh and may have gone bad. Also, make sure they are free from bruises or cut. If you are buying root vegetables with their leaves, for example beetroot, they make sure the leaves are fresh and bright.
Different root vegetables are stored in a different manner. For example, potato and onion are stored at room temperature whereas carrot is stored in the refrigerator. When storing them at room temperature, keep them in a dark and dry spot that does not have moisture. If they are stored in the refrigerator, wrap them in a kitchen towel and place them in an air-tight container or sealed plastic bag. If stored uncovered, they will soften and will tend to go bad quickly.
My collection of root vegetable recipes
From carrots to potato to radish, root vegetables have long been a part of Indian food in so many ways. Here are some recipes where a root vegetable is the hero of the dish.
Pakoda: Pakoda or pakora or bhajiya is a well-known snack as well as street food that is popular across India. Pakoda can be made with many vegetables, but nothing matches the taste of the onion pakodas.
Golden Turmeric Milk: Golden turmeric milk is a traditional Indian drink that has numerous health benefits. This age-old Ayurvedic drink is very easy to make and is ready in just 5 minutes.
Raw turmeric pickle: Raw turmeric pickle is a simple and healthy dish that can be made in minutes and stored in the refrigerator. Just take a piece or two of it and mix it with some hot rice.
Kashaya: Kashaya is a healing ayurvedic drink made with tulasi, ginger, pepper and honey.
Garlic Bread: Garlic breadsticks are easy to make breadsticks topped with garlic, aromatic herbs, and loads of cheese. They are great appetisers, but pair it with tomato soup for a perfect dinner option.
Beetroot Halwa: Beetroot halwa is a creamy, rich dessert is made with four main ingredients – beetroot, milk, ghee, and jaggery. Beetroots have a natural sweetness to them, so require very little jaggery. This sweet dish can be made with sugar too but replacing sugar with jaggery gives this halwa an even more unique and earthy taste.
Beetroot Raita: Raita is a yogurt-based accompaniment or condiment that is great with everyday meals and also a great dip. The most commonly used vegetables in raita are cucumber, tomato, and onion, but this version of raita made with beetroots tastes very different and absolutely delicious.
Sourdough Beetroot Bread: The slight tang from the sourdough when combined with earthy beetroots and the nuttiness from poppy seeds makes this sourdough bread absolutely delicious. This unique combination of beetroot and poppy seeds combined with sourdough is something you don’t want to miss.
Carrot Cake: The sweetness from the carrots and pineapple combined with the nuttiness from almonds and coconut is an absolute delight.
Carrot Halwa: Carrot halwa or gajar halwa is an all-time favourite dessert in India. In India, during winter, a special variety of bright red carrots are available and this halwa tastes divine with those carrots.
Kosambari: Kosambari is a south Indian salad made carrot, with lentils and seasoned with mustard. The lentil used to make kosambari is either Bengal gram (chana dal) or split green gram (moong dal).
Radish Sambar: Sambar is a south-Indian style dal where toor dal is cooked with freshly ground spices. Here, the vegetable used in radish.
Mooli Paratha: Mooli paratha is a radish stuffed flatbread made with whole wheat flour. Made with atta (also called chapati flour or Indian whole wheat flour), these flatbreads are stuffed with grated and seasoned radish.
Gluten-free Lemon Drizzle Cake: This perfectly moist, delicate, and delicious lemon drizzle cake is the best tangy-sweet thing you will bake. And the best part of the cake – a surprise ingredient which you can never guess until you read the recipe. The main ingredient of the cake is the potato!
Luchi Aloor Dum: Luchi is a deep-fried flatbread made with plain flour or maida. It is similar to poori, which is made of wholemeal flour or atta. Aloor dum is a spicy baby potato curry. Traditionally, the aloor dum was made during winter - the new potatoes season.
Bengali Vegetable Chop: Vegetable chop is a mouth-watering street food of Kolkata. It is similar to croquettes but is loaded with winter root vegetables and the Bengali staple potatoes.
Iyengar Bakery Palya Bun: Palya means ‘vegetables sautéed with spices’ in Kannada, which is usually served as a side dish. In this dish, a potato palya is stuffed inside a bun and is baked to perfection.
Aloo Gobi: Potatoes and cauliflower cooked with onions, tomatoes, and a blend of aromatic spices is an absolute winner.
Aloo Paratha: Aloo paratha or potato stuffed flatbread. 'Aloo' means potato in Hindi and paratha is an unleavened flatbread made with atta (also called chapati flour or Indian whole wheat flour).
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