It is sad
how a lot of meat eaters turn up their noses at vegetarian dishes. While there
are some vegetables that are considered exotic, such as mushrooms or broccoli,
and are relished with great pleasure, there are also some simple local
ingredients that are stunners in their own right. Take, for example, the humble
beetroot. It is dark and dirty on the outside but plump and vibrant once you
peel it, and apart from being very tasty when cooked right, it is incredibly
healthy. Next time you dismiss the vegetarian section in your menu, try and
keep an eye out for some of these dishes – they will make you appreciate
beetroot like you have not before.
Beetroot tikki at Made in Punjab – Aloo tikkis are done to death.
While they are still amazingly tasty, they are overdone. Made in Punjab, which
is a fabulous restaurant for Punjabi and North Indian fare, makes a beautifully
beetroot-based tikki that is a crisp patty made with grated beetroot, stuffed
with cottage cheese, processed cheese and some mango chutney, and then deep-fried.
Beetroot carpaccio at Serafina – Traditionally, carpaccio is only
thinly sliced meat. It is an absolute delight to devour and next to impossible
to substitute the meat to give you the same flavours. Serafina, however, does a
fabulous job of not substituting per say but giving vegetarians their own
unique version of the dish with thinly sliced beetroot. The beetroot is also
roasted, marinated with roast onion, caramelised walnuts and a drizzle of
balsamic reduction. It is a great salad and works well as an appetiser before
your main meal.
Beetroot risotto at Café Zoe – Beetroot works well in Indian food
but, surprisingly, works extremely well with Italian risottos. Most risottos in
the city are heavily mushroom-based or then you have them with chicken or
seafood. Café Zoe serves one of their risottos (there are a couple on the menu)
with beetroot, and not only is it delicious topped with shredded cheese, but it
Beetroot burger at Eddies Bistro
– This trendy Bandra café is universally loved and has everything on their menu
from pasta, pizzas, sandwiches and all sorts of mains. One of the coolest
dishes on their menu, however, is their beetroot burger. Not always the popular
choice with a menu full of meaty options, but this pink patty burger is one of
the best ways to incorporate boring beetroot into a fun dish.
Beetroot salad at Fat Man’s Café – Not every salad needs to have
lettuce leaves nor does it need to be green. Some of the tasty ones are pinkish
red in colour! Fat Man’s Café serves up an interesting roasted beetroot salad
with broccoli, cherry tomatoes, cranberries and a lemon dressing. Usually a
beetroot salad is paired with nuts or cheese, but this is an interesting mix
and quite tasty.
Beetroot cake with Orange and Ginger Ice Cream at The Tasting Room – One thinks of beetroot in Indian cuisine or a Mediterranean salad but never in a dessert. The Tasting Room does a very good one with their beetroot-based ruby cake served with their signature Orange and Ginger Ice Cream. All very different flavours but blend together perfectly. Sadly, it gets overshadowed by popular choices such as tiramisu or cheesecake.
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