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18 Sept 2009

Sweet chutney for biryani / Beetroot-dates chutney

Eat beetroot, or red spinach , its a cure for anaemia, that was the fact I had heard a lot about beet-roots since from childhood.I just thought people say because of its dark purple colour, but later searching lot in net, I could find out many "beetroot health benefits" sites which tell the same thing.. I always loved it in pickled form , which is not a healthy option always,didn't like thoran /dry dish, but later found beetroot pachadi is another good form to consume it without losing its nutrients.I have never seen beetroots with leaves here, and tried to plant the stem part chopped from beetroots, but it didn't grow well..
This time, a sweet chutney for a reader Prathibha and all of you cook yummy biryani. This is a biryani side dish, which comes from Malabar side. This recipe is from Mrs.K.M.Mathew, with few changes.
Here everyone seems to be busy with eid preparations , so bye now, enjoy this with biryani, all the best and Eid Mubarak to you all! :)

Beetroot grated 1 cup
dates 4
red chilly powder 1 tsp or as per taste
tamarind paste 1 tsp or as per taste
jaggery 1 small piece
mustard seeds 1/2 tsp
dry red chilly 1
coconut oil

How to prepare
Soak dates in water and chop into pieces.
Powder jaggery.
Grind together, beetroot and dates.
Add chilly powder,tamarind paste, jaggery and salt to this.
If needed add water with spoon.
Heat oil, allow mustard seeds to splutter,
Fry dry chilly, then add the above preparation into this.
When it boils, switch off fire.
Adjust the use of chilly and tamarind according to your taste.


  1. Looks good dear..enkku plain dates pickle/chutney valya ishta with biriyani..:)

  2. assalamualaikum

    Eid mubarak to u..
    Will surely make this chutney along with biriyani on Eid .

  3. Eid Mubarak...very healthy and yummy chutney,surely Kids love it...Thanks for sharing.

  4. Hey Seena,
    Unique indeed! Beetroot, dates and jaggery! All nutritious.
    Yes beetroot is not only good for anaemia but a lot more. I have a post on Health Benefits of Beetroot-
    Enjoy the festivities!

  5. beetroot and dates, wow! who would've thought! :)

  6. That looks delicious :) and healthy too.

    I would like to request for a recipe of something made of dates served with biriyani like a pickle. I had it at a muslim friend's wedding at Malapuram. It was a li'l sweet. The dates were not chopped nor deseeded. I was told it is usually served with biriyanis at muslim wedding though she didnt no the recipe. The title of this post "sweet chutney for biriyani" reminded me of that one.


  7. Happy Eid.

    I love beetroot and it is so healthy too. This sounds lovely Seena.

  8. I tried a fish biriyani following almost what you have mentioned came out really well..thanks...i have posted it too..;-)

  9. Happy Eid to you :) The chutney looks fabulous!

  10. Such new side dish for biryani Seena! I imagine how it taste...

  11. Shilpa(pashion4lyf)23 September 2009 at 14:43

    Update for the previous comment :

    Hi, I checked with my friend ans she says they call it dates pulinji. Any clue?


  12. Yeah, such sweet ingredients are used in pulinji usually... I think they use it instead of adding jaggery or sugar in pulinji.. :)

  13. healthy and delicious...

  14. Chutney looks very tasteeee....Should we use raw dates???


  15. It came out good. Good stuff!

  16. hi seena,
    jaggery is sarrkara,right?i hv been looking a recipe for this weet recipe for ages...thanks for posting!will this taste gud with carrots instead of beetroot?love ur recipes...tried 2 of ur fish recipes already and got applause...


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