Beetroot Upperi/ 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! :) 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
Serves 3


Ingredients:

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

Method:

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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