Hearty Warming Beetroot Peanut Stir Fry| Beetroot Peanut/Groundnut Palya/Poriyal

A Beautiful Combination of Soft Earthy Sweet bites from the Beets, Nutty flavour & texture from peanuts in a savoury mixture of sautéed onions, dry red chillies, curry leaves & garlic in little oil. Beetroots are steamed until soft & then sautéed with onions, garlic, dry red chillies, curry leaves & then finally we finish of with toasted ground peanuts.

We usually eat it with Phulkas, Hot Rice, plain tempered Dal/Dal tadka, Curd/plain Yogurt rice, Rasam Rice etc. A veg dish that is a favourite in my Family.

Not only does it taste great but is also complete power packed dish with vitamins & minerals, so good for you. You can include this dish into your routine recipes that you prepare for your family. You can prepare it once a fortnight & your body will thank you…

Please do give it a try.

You can also watch my video on YouTube


  • 2 Large – Beetroots
  • 3 Tsp – Oil
  • ½ Tsp – Mustard & Cumin/Jeera seeds
  • 4-5 – Garlic Cloves (slightly crushed, choose small size garlic so they cook fast with onion).
  • 3 – Dry Red Chillies (this quantity gives less heat)
  • 7-8 – Curry Leaves
  • ¼ Tsp – Turmeric Powder
  • 1 Medium – Onion
  • ½ Cup – Peanuts/Groundnuts
  • 1 Tsp – Table salt or as per your taste


1.Steam/Cook Beetroots:

  • We rinse beetroots well, cut the top stalks & then cut each beetroot into four pieces.
  • We pre heat steamer & place the cut beetroots skin side up & steam for 20-25 minutes.
  • Then we open lid & with a knife we cut into one beetroot, if it cuts through easily the beetroots are cooked.
  • We remove from steamer & set it aside to cool.
  • Once the beets are warm with a knife we remove skin & cut beets into small pieces & set it aside.
  • You can cook the beetroots in pressure cooker too: cut the beetroots into two, add water half level to the beetroots & cook for 2-3 whistles.

2.Dry Fry Peanuts:

  • Heat a wok/kadai (please keep heat on medium low).
  • Add peanuts & dry fry.
  • Once the peanuts turn brown we turn off heat.
  • We transfer it into a mixy/blender jar & let it cool.
  • Once they r cool enough we use pulse/whip option – 2 to 3 times & beat peanuts into slightly coarse powder.
  • We set it aside.

We Prepare the Stir Fry / Poriyal / Palya:

  • Heat Kadai/wok, add oil (please keep heat on low).
  • Add mustard & cumin/jeera seeds & let it crackle.
  • Once mustard starts to crackle we tear dry red chillies & drop.
  • Then add curry leaves & sauté.
  • Add crushed small garlic cloves & sauté (we add small garlic cloves so they cook well along with onions).
  • Now we add onion & sauté (please turn heat to medium low).
  • We add table salt, mix well & cover with lid & let onion, garlic cook.
  • After few minutes we open lid & onion has turn soft & translucent.
  • Add turmeric powder & sauté.
  • Now we add cooked chopped beetroot we set aside earlier.
  • We sauté well until beetroots have incorporated well.
  • Then we cover lid & let it simmer for 1-2 minutes (please turn heat to low).
  • After few minutes we open lid & mix (we need to ensure there is less liquid in the stir fry).
  • Now we add peanut powder we prepared & set aside earlier.
  • Once we add the peanut powder we turn off heat & mix well (it is important we turn off heat as we add peanut powder, as too much heat may make stir fry dry & lumpy).
  • We mix well until peanut powder is mixed well (u can turn off heat & add peanut powder & mix well too).
  • Ready to Serve.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Bernice says:

    Looks delicious!! 💕 💕

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Aarna says:

      Hi… Thank You so much…. 😀💕💕

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Jyo says:

    Looks great and delicious 👍

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Aarna says:

      Hi… Thank you so much.. do try it & let me know… 🙂 🙂


  3. I liked this combo with beetroot and peanut!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Aarna says:

      Thank you so much… Yea… its a lovely combo.. they actually compliment each other… it is a very old family recipe… as i was browsing recipies… i was surprised to know this combo is not known to many… so then i knew i have to share this recipe… 😀😀

      Liked by 1 person

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