Beetroot Rasam Rice


Growing up I don’t remember being fond of Rasam. In fact, nobody in my family had inclination towards it and so my mother hardly prepared it. The only ones we had were at restaurants or at some functions.


But then after marriage things changed and now I make it pretty often as DH is very fond of it. I use the Rasam Powder from MTR and we love it. We feel that it has an authentic flavor and taste to it. The Rasam I make is of a thicker daal like consistency unlike the thinner version called “Thilli Rasam” that most people make.


I also make this easy Beetroot Rasam Rice often.  For this dish, I cook all the ingredients in the pressure cooker and the rice is done in a jiffy. The Beetroot can be substituted for any other vegetable of choice. But I personally feel that the sweet taste of beetroot complements well with the aromatic flavors of the Rasam powder while the daal evens out the spice level of the Rasam powder. This along with some Raita and Pappads makes a complete meal by itself.


While putting together this post, much to my surprise realized that I have prepared so many other dishes using the Rasam powder like Masala Upma, Dry Brinjal Potato Fry ,Easy Tomato Onion Side Dish and of course Tomato Rasam.


This is my contribution to the Event  Ravishing Rice  hosted by Nags. This event is a brainchild of Meeta.




  • 1 cup rice
  • ¾ cup chopped onions
  • 2 cups beetroot cut into cubes(change quantity as per taste)
  • ½ cup masoor daal/toor daal
  • 2 tsp Rasam powder ( I use the MTR brand)
  • Mustard seeds
  • Ghee (clarified butter)
  • Oil
  • Salt
  • Curry leaves



  • Soak the daal in water for about 30 minutes. Soak the rice separately in water as well.
  • In a pressure cooker, heat oil. Add mustard seeds and after they begin to crackle add curry leaves.
  • Then add the chopped onions and stir until they are transparent.
  • Now add the chopped beetroot, salt and mix well. This does not have to cook completely.
  • Drain the water from daa and the ricel. Add this to the cooked onions, beetroot and mix well.
  • Put in the rasam powder and mix again. Add more oil at this point. After the rasam powder is coated well, add the water.
  • Close the pressure cooker and allow to cook until 2-3 whistles (depends on the cooker).
  • Add a spoon of ghee just before serving. Serve Hot with Raita. 
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  1. indosungod says:

    This looks so good. Nice one pot meal.
    Same here RC, I never quite like rasam back home, now any time I taste it transports me back home. I am a MTR rasam powder fan too, I use it for dry curries, it tastes great in the dry potato-cauliflower, dal rice and pretty much everything.

  2. Soma says:

    in our place, rasam is unheard of, but i had my best friend from andhra, & i would drink tamarind rasam in her house in a cup.. & drank it in a cup & Cold:-) my way. i never really tried any other, other than tamarind & tomato. This looks like a full colorful healthy meal!

  3. Madhuram says:

    I have prepared (actually my mother’s idea) rasam with beet cooked water but not with beets iteself. That’s something different and interesting. And where did you get the trivet? In India? Because I too have the same, my husband got it from his India trip.

  4. Sunshinemom says:

    Perfect! I am very fond of rasam too and end up using rasam and sambar powder in many dishes to spice them up too:). This rice does look ravishing!

  5. RedChillies says:

    Thanks Parita. I love pink and pink in a dish makes me really happy. It is healthy too. 🙂

    Deesha thanks. I agree, this has the tarkari, bele and anna all in one pot. So it is eay to make.

    ISG thanks. Quite seriously back home in India, we never used the MTR powder. I have been using it like mad only here in the US and lov their Rasam powder the best. Interesting idea of using it in the potato cauliflower curry..

    Prasu thanks. Pink is an added bonus to this simple and flavorful dish.

  6. RedChillies says:

    Soma thanks. Tch tch seriously girl, you need to come home sometime and I will make sure I will cook up whole bunch of typical South Inidan Dishes for you. Rasam and sambhar are very comforting dishes.

    Madhuram thanks.I liked the idea of beets rasam. Yes we got the trivets from India. We got a whole bunch of them from the Kerala Emporium. They are very pretty aren’t they? Reminds me that you must be the 5th person I know having the same style. 🙂

    Lisa thanks and glad you liked it. I am addicted to rasam now and think of differnt ways in using up the rasam powder.

    Kalai thanks. You need to try it. It tastes wonderful, the sweet taste of beetroot complements the flavor and spice of the Rasam.

  7. Usha says:

    Rasam is one of my faves too, I have never used beetroot in rasam though, very unique idea and looks very pretty!

  8. Vaishali says:

    Delicious idea adding rasam powder to the rice, RC. And beetroot is a great addition too. What a healthy and colorfully beautiful dish!

  9. veena says:

    Hi ..
    I am first time to ur blog ..U have a great blog ..This recipe is new to me …Looks so delicious ..Keep in touch

  10. redchillies says:

    Harini thanks. Welcome to the club of Rasam lovers. It is very comforting isn’t it? This recipe has the goodness of rice,lentil and rasam.

    Preeti thanks. Beetroot adds beautiful blush of pink to the dishes and I like it too.

    Pavithra thanks. I agree healthy and colorful. So glad you liked it.

    Uma thanks. You are creative yourself. This works out easy for me as it has everything in one pot.

  11. redchillies says:

    Aparna thanks. That is a cool idea :-)You mix rice with Rasam anyway isn’t it? So no more Rasam then 🙂

    HC thanks. Rasam and sambhar are comforting aren’t they? I am so glad I found the MTR rasam powder here in the US.

    Nithya thanks. Beets add good color and also flavor to the Rasam. Hope you get to try it.

    Usha thanks. So glad you liked it. Beet complemetns well with the flavors of the Rasam and lentil enhances the taste.

  12. redchillies says:

    Ramya thanks.It tasted good indeed and as a bonus we get the pretty pink color too.

    Vaishali thanks.The taste is pretty good and we like the addition of beetroot to this.

    Bharti thanks. I cannot say for sure about the other MTR products as taste is subjective. But the Rasam powder is the best and has very authentic flavor to it.

    Veena thanks. Welcome to my blog and thank you for the kind words. I will visit your blog soon.

  13. Linda says:

    I am late to this party, but I couldn’t resist saying how tasty this looks! I have a few leftover beets (with their cooking water) and I think I know what I will do with them now 🙂

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