Beetroot Jam (Beetroot Pazha Pachadi)

We grew up relishing sweet fruity beetroot pachadi served in every wedding feast, it was an unforgettable experience for us to relish the beautiful reddish-purple puree infused with the flavors of native fruits. Nowadays, this traditional fruit dessert has not been included in the menu prepared for the feasts, and beetroot jam is replaced by vanilla ice cream with fruit salad.

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Beetroot pazha pachadi

Here I have tried to replicate the wedding feast featuring our traditional beetroot pazha pachadi served to the guests at my uncle’s wedding held when I was 5 years.

kayana-sappadu Beetroot Jam (Beetroot Pazha Pachadi)
Beetroot jam served in wedding feast (kalyana sappadu)

Now let us look into the recipe for the traditional beetroot relish:

Beetroot Jam Recipe:

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Beetroot jam

Time taken: 10 min.

Ingredients:

  1. Beetroot – 1
  2. Ghee – ½ tsp
  3. Jaggery or any sweetener of your choice – as desired
  4. Cardamom – 2 Nos.
betpchdi-ingr Beetroot Jam (Beetroot Pazha Pachadi)

Fruits for garnishing:

  1. Mango
  2. Banana (I used poovan pazham, a small variety of banana)
  3. Apple
  4. Orange
  5. Green grapes

Generally we add the above mentioned fruits but you can add other seasonal fruits like jackfruit, guava, etc.

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Fruits for pazha pachadi

How to prepare beetroot jam:

  • Peel and grate beetroot using grater.
  • Transfer to a bowl and mix in ghee.
  • Microwave for 3-4 min. and allow it to cool down.
  • Blend into puree.
  • Heat a pan with jaggery & beetroot puree in low flame.
  • When jaggery begins to melt away, increase the flame to medium.
  • Stir for few min. until nicely coagulated.
  • Add cardamom powder, mix well, simmer for 1-2 min and remove from fire.
  • Store beetroot relish in a clean jar at room temperature.
betrelish Beetroot Jam (Beetroot Pazha Pachadi)
Beetroot jam recipe

How to prepare pazha pachadi:

First we need to heat a pan with beetroot relish and add fruit chunks into the pan. Then simmer for few minutes allowing to get infused with fruit flavors.

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Pazha Pachadi

We can also serve beetroot relish with bread for breakfast or simply relish this as a dessert.

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Bread & beetroot jam for breakfast
beet-halwa Beetroot Jam (Beetroot Pazha Pachadi)
Beetroot halwa as a dessert

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  1. Eating in banana leaf is one the best habit followed by our ancestors.. sadly it’s disappearing…
    beetroot for bread I haven’t tried it… tat would be delicious..

  2. This seems sumptuous and very appealing to my sweet-tooth. I make beet pachadi but this one seems very new to me and very interesting too. You are right, as parents we must include our traditional food, that have a lot of benefits, in our children’s diet.

    1. Yes, when we serve something good to our children, it gives the sense of fulfillment and it turns out to be the driving force for all of us, isn’t it? 🙂
      Thank you.

      1. Absolutely, Megala. My mother too used to make these quick healthy fixes that we used to enjoy but the supermarket revolution and the availability of just about everything has put many such simple recipes to rest to be substituted with read-to-eat packaged food.

  3. Your writing of the banana leaf used in serving food is amazing! Indian Parsis and serve food on banana leaves, at our weddings and other auspicious occasions. I love the taste and smell when the hot food hits the banana leaf.

    1. So nice to hear that this tradition is being followed among Parsis in India. Thank you so much !

    1. Beet crops have been cultivated for quite a long time and beets are available plentiful here. Thank you so much for reading this post.

  4. This looks so yummy! I’ve been wanting to eat beetroot more often. What can we use in place of ghee since my husband and I don’t eat animal products? Coconut oil?

  5. The traditional fruit dessert sounds wonderful! I do hope that more kids get to enjoy it as you say it’s not as popular anymore.

    1. Yes, I also wish someone makes this relish at home so that kids get to enjoy the forgotten dessert. 🙂 Thanks so much.

    1. Relish may be refrigerated for up to 7 days, but fruits should be added before serving only.
      Thank you.

  6. The information and recipe both are so useful. Thanks for sharing such interesting and important informaiton with us Megala.

  7. I always go to weddings in Chennai and its def fun to eat on those banana leaves lol. Amazing pics that are def mouth watering and am not a big fan of beetroot but I do like it within certain dishes 🙂

  8. The beetroot relish looks awesome! I have bookmarked this recipe to try out soon – I even have some beetroot lying around in my refrigerator. 🙂
    How can I make this without a microwave?

    1. I used microwave oven only for retaining its crimson color. You can cook beetroot on the stove by frying in little more ghee until the raw smell disappears, we can avoid boiling them in water, or cover the pan while cooking to prevent it become pale. Hope you would enjoy this as we did. Thank you!

  9. What a wonderful post and recipe, Megala. I know I would love Beetroot Relish; all the ingredients are favourites; especially Beetroot. We normally would have plenty of Beets, at this time of year, however, for an unknown reason we didn’t plant any this year! I may have to buy some… 😉
    xoxoxo

    1. So happy to hear that you like both my recipe and the post. Thank you so much.

  10. Lovely spread.I like the bright red relish, can be used as dip and perfect to have on side with roti and curry.

  11. Absolutely love this post! Its a great read on my favorites- banana leaves and wedding special beetroot halwa. The wedding saapadu has made me hungry now!

  12. I too like eating on a banana leaf. But wasn’t aware of its beneficial properties. Thanks for sharing. The beetroot relish with fruits pieces within looks absolutely divine and delicious!!?

    1. Here we buy them in a vegetable market, but you may find frozen leaves in any Asian grocer, mainly used for steaming certain foods (esp. fish) and for packing foodstuffs.
      Thanks so much for stopping by.

    1. Yes, you must try once, it is really an enjoyable experience, there is no way we can take our food hurriedly. 🙂 Thank you.

  13. Well explained about banana leaf and absolutely like the relish, love the way of using fruit chunks in it…totally it’s a wholesome dish !

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