Vasantha Prasad


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Spicy Beets and Rice


The hard and crunchy beets are transformed into a wonderfully tender and flavorful dish. The sweet taste of beets, onions, and coconut is slightly tempered by the heat of the chili.  This is a very colorful dish, because the beets impart a reddish-purple hue. I love to serve this for my guests, for the wow factor! This can be a stand-alone entrée or a colorful side dish to any meal.


Prep Time:  25 minutes  Cooking Time:  20 minutes Serves: 4


2 c. basmati rice, prepared according to your favorite method and set aside

2 Tbsp. extra light olive oil

1 large sweet onion, diced

2 green chilies, stemmed and sliced in half lengthwise

2 beets (1 lb. each) or enough beets to equal 2 lbs, stemmed, peeled, and diced

1 Tbsp. lime juice

2 Tbsp. powdered, unsweetened dried coconut

salt to taste


1. In a medium skillet, heat the oil.  Over medium heat, sauté onions and green chilies for 7–8 minutes.  Add the beets; cover and sauté 5 minutes.  Add lime juice and coconut powder; sauté for 3 minutes, or until beets are tender.  Turn off heat.  

2. Add cooked basmati rice and mix until well blended.  Salt to taste.

3. Serve as a stand-alone or with another entrée.    


What’s good for you:

v The pigment that gives beets their rich, purple-crimson color—betacyanin—is also a powerful cancer-fighting agent, especially against colon cancer. Beets are an excellent source of B vitamin folate, which is essential in normal tissue growth.

v Sweet onions are low in calories and sodium and are fat and cholesterol free. They contain vitamins C & B6, and can help protect against cardiovascular disease, cancer and infections.

v Chilies contain capsaicin, a compound that offers many health benefits. It increases metabolism and in turn helps burn calories and fat. It has potent anti-bacterial properties that prevent sinusitis and relieve congestion. It helps protect the heart by reducing cholesterol, triglycerides and platelet aggregation.

v Limes are low in calories and high in vitamin C. They promote skin health and support the immune system. Choose green, glossy, thin-skinned fruit that is not too firm.


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