Beetroot Rice Recipe : Flavorful Pink Colored Rice!

As we all know that rice is the staple food of south India and many other regions. Having the plain rice every day with dal can seem boring and even develop the hatred towards it. Thus it’s recommended to keep trying new varieties of rice mixed with different veggies. The Beetroot Rice Recipe is the rice dish made with sweet beetroots along with the common spice powders and herbs. The rice is generally eaten as an accompaniment to the complete meal but you can have beetroot rice alone in breakfasts or the brunch.

Beetroot Rice

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  • Recipe Category: Rice Dish
  • Cuisine: Indian

Description: The Beetroot Rice Recipe is the rice dish made with sweet beetroots along with the common spice powders and herbs. The tasty rice gets cooked in minutes.

Beetroot Rice Recipe

Ingredients Required for Beetroot Rice Recipe:

  • Basmati Rice – 2 cups
  • Bay Leaf – 1 small sized leaf
  • Beetroot – 1 medium sized
  • Cloves – 6 pieces of cloves
  • Cinnamon Stick – 1 inch
  • Cumin / Jeera – ½ tsp.
  • Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 ½ tsp.
  • Green Chilies (slit cut) – 2 green chilies
  • Green Peas – ½ cup (few fresh or frozen peas)
  • Potato – ½ cup (1 medium sized)
  • Pudina / Mint – ¼ cup
  • Oil – 2 tbsp.
  • Onion (chopped) – ½ cup (1 medium sized)
  • Salt – as required
  • Strand of mace – 1 strand
  • Star Anise – 1 small sized
  • Turmeric Powder – 1/8 tsp.
  • Water – 3 ½ cups

Note: It is preferred to use Patanjali Basmati Rice but you can any other rice too. If you have regular rice then you may use that as well. For the best results, use the rice which is fragrant and has short grains. You can use coriander leaves or parsley leaves as well. If you want the beetroot rice to be spicier, then add ¼ tsp. of red chili powder. You saffola oil when cooking.

Method for Making Beetroot Rice Recipe:


  • Soak Rice: Take the packet of rice and transfer the rice to a small sized colander. Rinse the 2 cups of basmati rice under running water and wash them properly. Once you have cleaned the rice, drain the dirty water. Then soak the rice in 3 ½ cups of water for about 30-35 minutes and keep them aside. After 30 minutes, take the rice to another bowl and drain off the excess water.
  • Ginger-Garlic Paste: It is very easy to prepare the paste of ginger and garlic. Wash and dry these two ingredients. Peel the skin of ginger and garlic cloves, transfer to the grinder. Make a smooth paste without the addition of water. Drizzle some oil and stir.
  • Chop Veggies: Now take 1 medium sized beetroot, clean it and chop small pieces of about 1 cup of beetroot. Then take the onions, potatoes, green chilies and all other vegetables you are using. Rinse them, clean them and finely chop them. Keep these chopped vegetables aside in different small bowls.

Note: If you are using the frozen peas, then thaw them before adding to the pan. It is very important to soak the rice properly. Also, you may even grate the beetroots.


  • Take a fry pan and keep oil to heat in it over medium flame.
  • Once the oil is enough heated and starts to crackle, add the chopped onions in the pan.
  • Sauté the onions for a while and then add the chopped green chillies along with the ginger garlic paste.
  • Fry these ingredients till onions turns brownish and becomes translucent.
  • When the onions starts to release the pungent aroma, add the whole spices like cloves, bay leaf, cinnamon stick and Jeera seeds.
  • Sprinkle some freshly chopped mint leaves and cook the mixture.
  • Then mix in the star anise along with the strand of mace and give a stir.
  • Once the spices are cooked, then add the chopped potatoes, green peas and all the small ingredients.
  • Fry everything for 1 minute and then add the chopped beetroots.
  • Now pour some water into the pan.
  • Sprinkle turmeric powder, season with salt and mix everything well.
  • As water begins to boil add the soaked rice and cook until everything gets properly cooked.
  • Wait for the water to evaporate and then cover the pan and cook for few minutes until it’s done.

And the delicious Beetroot Rice is ready. Serve it HOT!

Note: When you add the spices in the pan, do not keep the flame low otherwise the spices would burn. Add water in the last according to the quality of your rice.

Additional Information:

  • Calories: 240 calories
  • Total Time: PT35M
  • Serves: 4
  • Date Published:

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The highlight of this dish is the sweet and fresh beetroot. So be careful while you are choosing them from the market. Get only the best! The core taste of beetroots is sweet but the rice needs to be spicy, so we add other ingredients such as ginger garlic paste, cloves, green chilies, cinnamon stick, Asafoetida, etc. All these enhances the spicy flavors of the rice submerging the sweetness of beetroots. Whereas, potatoes, green peas, coriander leaves are just the additional elements of rice.

Beetroots, when cooked, releases its pinkish color and spreads within the whole rice. The tempting red or slight pink colored rice has the bright and glowing texture. The color imparted from the beet gives the rice dish an amazing look which cannot be defeated by any other rice. The color of beet itself is strong enough that you do not need to add extra color essence.

If you dislike beets, then this beetroot pulao is the best way to incorporate it into your meal. This fantastic and the flavorful beetroot rice can be quickly cooked at home. Try to make with same enthusiasm and excitement as with plain rice and dish will turn to be extremely delicious. Serve this unique rice variety with Raita or Dal and surprise guests at your home. Impress family and introduce this tasty rice to kids.


  • The total time required for the Beetroot Rice Recipe is around 35 to 40 minutes.
  • The measured proportion of ingredients in this recipe of Beetroot rice makes rice enough to serve 4 people.
  • You can make the paste of whole spices in pan and then transfer the paste into the cooker. If you make the paste, then directly start from mixing the veggies.
  • Potatoes and green peas are optional. But adding them gives a rich taste.
  • You can also prepare this Beetroot Rice Recipe in the pressure cooker.
  • You can add the diced baby corns as well. Even the sweet corns will also compliment to this spicy rice dish.
  • If your beetroots do not impart their red or pink colour then do not worry, eat the rice the way it is. Refrain from adding food colour.


Serve the Beetroot Rice hot from the pan along with any chilled Raita and little of tangy pickle as a side accompaniment. Garnish it with:

  • Mint Leaves
  • Coriander Leaves.
Quick Tip:
  • Add the ½ tsp. of fresh lime juice in the rice for the extra tanginess.
  • You can also add 1 tbsp. of curd instead of lemon juice to give tinge of sourness.
  • The best to serve this Beetroot Rice is with the refreshing Mint Raita made from the fresh mint leaves.
  • To make this rice dish healthier, you can use brown rice.

This healthy and tasty rice made is a pulao style rice which is similar to prepare Biryani at home. This is one of the quickest and easiest one pot meal of rice dish which you can prepare for your lunch or dinner. This rice stays editable for a long time after its preparation, and even if it gets cold, you can easily re-heat. Thus, its goes well if you want to pack for your kid’s lunch box or for your tiffin of your husband. This mild-flavoured rice from sweet beetroots is simple, quick and easy to make in minutes. If you want to make it spicy, then you can be flexible with the proportion of spices and also you can add more spices of your choice. The more fresh spices you use, the better would be your beetroot biryani. To make this rice rich in fibre content, you can consider adding various vegetables apart from beetroot, potato and peas.

There is no fixed list of ingredients to make this beetroot pula. We have added the potatoes in this recipe because their addition in the beetroot balances the sweet taste and mild flavour of beets. If you do not want them, then you skip adding potatoes. You may also boil them add the mashed potatoes. This red coloured beetroot rice looks highly tempting and has strong aroma which easily catches the attention.

This Beetroot rice is simple to make and gets easily as you can quickly gather the ingredients. It is not just tasty but also a healthy recipe which you can keep in Lunch box. This Poha upma stays good even you eat it later after it’s prepared. If you are eating at home, then you can make any crispy and crunchy fresh salad which goes well with this dish. If you are in hurry or have to rush in the morning, then it would be better if you cook the rice on previous night. Prepare the rice a day before you are planning to make this beetroot rice and then store it in the fridge.

The lovely Beetroots are colourful and extremely nutritious vegetable. It is such an interesting idea to make the steamed spicy rice with these sweet beetroots. If you add these beetroots in your rice, it would infuse its natural red colour into your rice. Also, apart from giving the rice colour and fragrance, beetroots impart their natural sweetness in the rice. So, you do not need to add sugar in this rice. And this is the main reason, why people prefer to make Beetroot Halwa at home. It is the protein packed sweet dish which does not require sugar in its making.

This protein-packed and high in nutrition rice dish is a total dish for any day lunch or dinner. This pulao has the balance of taste and flavors having the blends of various fresh herbs and seasonal veggies as well. This easy and simple rice dish can be prepared within only half hour. It is one the perfect recipe which can think to pack for your family it is tasty, yummy, healthy, tummy-filling and nutritious.

The bright and vibrant coloured Beetroots are rich in mineral, have high portion of vitamins, contain lot of minerals and are full of fibers. To make the perfect beetroot rice, it is very important to choose the right beetroots. So, whenever you want to make any dish of beetroot, always pick the firm looking beetroots which have bright colour. There are various ways by which you can include beetroots in your diet. If you do not want to cook the beetroot, then you can eat them raw in the form of Beetroot Salad. Even the leaves of the beetroots can be used to have as a side accompaniment with any variety of rice. The other recipe that can be cooked with beetroot are tangy and spicy beetroot chutney which you can have with South Indian cuisine or use as spread over the beetroot sandwich.

Not just the beetroot rice, but cooking with any rice is really easy for me because it is a staple diet for many of us. Also, the rice can be prepared and reused for the other dishes as well. The other rice recipes which you can check out are Tomato Rice, Masala Rice, Spanish Rice, Herb Rice, Mint Rice, and many more.

If you have made the beetroot rice, then pair with any Raita or any pickle. You can roast the Masala Papad and keep it the dish for the extra crunch. If it’s the season of corns, then the simple corn carrot salad would be the best to make the whole plate a delicious breakfast treat.