Beet Leaves Sambar

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Beet Greens Sambar

My grandmother used to prepare a sambar using methi (fenugreek leaves) leaves called “Pulla Keera” meaning tangy greens. It requires little more tamarind than the regular sambar and a tempering of mustard seeds, fenugreek (methi seeds) and green chillies which gives this side dish an unique flavor. Toor daal rice mixed with ghee, spicy potato roast and this sambar is simply a heavenly combination.

I had a bunch of beets with the greens. So I decided to prepare the sambar using beet greens instead of methi. The beet leaves sambar tasted very good and comforting. Grandmothers’ recipes are always versatile and foolproof.

Beet Leaves Sambar Recipe

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10 Mins25 Mins4 Servings
Beet Leaves Sambar Simple recipe to make sambar using Beet leaves (finely chopped) and mixed together with tamarind water and other spices and the result is a flavorful South Indian side dish.
Ingredients For Sambar:
  • A Small Bunch Beet Greens (Methi Or Other Greens Can Also Be Used)
  • 2 Teaspoons Tamarind Pulp (See My Notes)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Sambar Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Hing/Asafoetida
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Or As Per Taste Salt
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1/4 Cup Toor Daal
Ingredients For Tempering:
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Oil, Preferably Sesame
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Mustard Seeds
  • Little Less Than 1/2 Teaspoon Methi Seeds
  • 1 Or As Per Your Taste Green Chili, Slit Into 2
  1. Rinse thoroughly the greens and finely chop the beet leaves as well as the stems. In a pressure cooker cook the toor daal and keep it separately.
  2. In a saucepan add all the ingredients listed for sambar except the toor daal and keep it on the stove.
  3. The greens should be cooked completely. Add some more water if required.
  4. Now add the mashed toor daal to the greens and let it cook for another 3 minutes.
  5. In a small frying pan add the oil, once it heats add the mustard seeds. Once it starts to splutter add the methi seeds and the slit green chili and fry it for a minute. Add the tempering to the boiling sambar and leave it in the stove for another 2 minutes and then switch off the stove. This sambar should not have a very thick consistency also. It will taste better if it’s little watery.
My Notes:
  1. My family consumes very little tamarind, so 2 teaspoons is more than what we use regularly. So the important point is, use 1/4-1/2 teaspoon extra tamarind than you would use normally. The same goes with sambar powder and green chillies also. If you are used to spicy food, go ahead and increase it as well.
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  4. Lalitha

    I always cook with beet greens, but only as a dry curry. I have never used it in sambar and moar kootu. These sound great and I am going to try them. I love your site with all your innovations.

    Thanks Lalitha. I would love to hear from you after you try the recipes.

  5. Cilantro

    I tried once but it got bitter, I have no clue why. Any idea???

    No idea Cilantro. I have used beet greens a couple of times and it tasted good like any other greens.

  6. DivyA Vikram

    I have seen beet leaves in my store..But havent tried them yet..great recipe Madhu..

  7. Uma

    Yes, so true! Grandmothers’ recipes are always the best. And this sambar looks so delicious and of course healthy. Thanks for sharing such a nice recipe Madhu!

  8. Roma

    I have never bought beet greens but whenever I see a blog post on it I always feel I should try it.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe of this nutritious sambar.

  9. Vaishali

    Very nice sambar, Madhuram. Beet greens have got to be among my most favorite greens, and its always great to come across new recipes.

  10. sunshinemom

    Such a nice way to use up the greens! Here after a really long time – we just got the new net connection today:)

  11. sandhiya

    Hey Madhuram you always comes up with excellent recipes,This one is also great to see,and i always throw the beetleaves in to the trash,next time let me make use of it.