Beetroot Upperi ~ Malabar Beetroot Stir Fry



Sometimes my mind loiters around the restricted corners of the past… wishing for it to come back, wishing that life wouldn’t have been so unpredictable. Immediately the following verse comes to my mind:

“Verily! Man is ungrateful to his Lord.” (Surah Al-Aadiyaat:6)

Yes, aren’t we ungrateful? I am numbed at how many times Allah tell us how ungrateful we are. This only shows how well He knows us. At times when frustration creeps in and I start to think that I really don’t care, suddenly Alhamdulillah I get a hit reminding me that this is not Jannah. We will be hurt, ripped off, helpless, frustrated… this is a part of this mini life here. Our victory lies in how much we can control our menial desires and remind ourselves how blessed we are. At times when I feel low, I immediately turn my attention to my parents, my spouse, my children, my job, my house, my car, my health, and many many things that Allah has allowed me to keep! In front of His immense blessings, my troubles seem too small. It then puts my heart to shame… As humans, we are bound to go through those unwanted thoughts but how much we can steer ourselves from that depends upon how much we try and how much we attach our feelings to Him. I am no strong as far as my belief is, it keeps peaking and going to deep trenches, but I am constantly trying and I continuously ask Him to give me sabr (patience), to keep me grounded, to help me not having any unwanted thoughts… May sound difficult but Alhamdulillah, not impossible… May Allah help us all… Aameen…


I guess a big load has moved out of my head! πŸ™‚ Sharing a simple recipe with you today… I never knew the kids loved beetroot till we had gone for lunch to a restaurant which served Kerala food and I saw Rasha devouring their beetroot stir fry. I was kind of shocked and when I inquired, she told me that her previous babysit aunty (for whom I baked this DDL Bundt Cake and the Banana Chocochip Bread) would make this for lunch and she absolutely loved it. Even though this vegetable is not a personal favorite of mine, I decided to include it into our diet once in a while. As kids, we never ate beetroot, simply because umma never liked it! Once in a blue moon, it would appear on our table and I seldom remember them. Another vegetable she hated was carrots but she would make them, I guess because it never stained her hands! Hehe… Nothing complicated in this recipe – it is a nice and simple way of having this vegetable as a side for rice and curry… Off to the way I made it…



Beetroot Upperi/ Stir Fry

Course Vegetarian
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 3
Author Rafeeda


  • 2 medium beetroots grated
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 long chillies chopped
  • 6-8 curry leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 tbsp grated coconut


  • Heat oil in a saucepan. Splutter mustard seeds.
  • Briefly fry the chillies and curry leaves.
  • Now add the grated beetroot along with salt and cook on low flame till done.
  • It would take around 15 to 18 minutes. Add the grated coconut and cook for a couple of minutes.
  • Serve warm with rice and curry...

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  1. Lovely write up!! <3

    And yummy looking dish though it's not my favorite too… πŸ˜‰
    Should include in our diet!

    1. Thank you so much Farheen… πŸ™‚

  2. Very healthy side dish πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks a lot Aara… πŸ™‚

  3. Yummy side dish with rice….

    1. Thanks a lot Shabbu…

  4. simple and healthy dish.. One of my go to for the weekend

    1. Thank you so much Veena…

  5. Easy to make and healthy side dish.

    1. Thank you so much Magee…

  6. Healthy and colorful dish…

    1. Thanks a lot Farin…

  7. Healthy and yummy. Love it πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks a lot Ritu… πŸ™‚

  8. very healthy and yummy it looks..perfect side dish..i have never tried cooking with beetroot..gotta try this now

    1. Thank you so much Gloria…

  9. simple and nutritious dish

    1. Thanks a lot Amrita…

  10. Delicious and colorful one…….. πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks a lot Remya… πŸ™‚

  11. yummy and healthy !

    1. Thanks a lot Sony…

  12. healthy side dish,my kids love this too probably because of the mild sweet tinge πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Julie… πŸ™‚

  13. Masha Allah a beautiful write up. ….verily we are ungrateful to his immense blessings. …a yummy stir fry, my daughter too loves it.

    1. JazakAllah Khair Nusrath…

  14. I used to hate beetroot when I was small, mum used to make boiled beets and make us eat it. By the way I get days like yours , the whole frustrating thing,but after I read this book called how to be the happiest woman inthe world I try to think of the good things that happen or the good outcome from something bad.. hope you got what I meant. have a good my friend πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Nammi for your kind words… I have the same book you are talking about which is my current read… Yes Alhamdulillah, it has helped me stay positive at a time when things were not well… πŸ™‚

  15. delicious Rafee, I love the presentation, simple and elegant πŸ˜€

    1. Thank you so much Jyothi… πŸ™‚

  16. Beets is one of my fav veggies.. upperi looks yum..

    1. Thank you so much Sona…

  17. Hi Raf,
    great looking stir fry. Actually will try yjis out today.. donno if i can cut it that thin though.

    1. Grate it Biny, it will make it easier… Thanks a lot…

  18. This veggie was not my favorite…but I started having it only recently (kochine mathrika akkan :P)…and I am slowly loving it…it looks so good…

    1. Thank you so much Anupa… πŸ™‚

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