If you have been following me for a while, you know I love colourful food. This dish is one of my go to dishes when I want something colourful, tasty and healthy. It also features a lot in the kids’ lunch boxes.
Beetroot is an underrated superfood. It is low in sodium and fats, contains vitamin K and Calcium, is full of folates, is anti inflammatory and boosts energy levels which makes it great to add in a post workout smoothie. It helps lower blood pressure, is rich in fibre so great for digestion, and may aid in cancer prevention. Another great thing about beetroot is both the leaves and the root are edible. And, it can be consumed both raw or cooked. In a salad, in soup, a smoothie, in cakes and brownies, as a breakfast hash, as juice, there is so much to do with this amazing vegetable.
I kept the pilau dish basic with only beetroot and green peas. Peas are another great source of fibre, rich in manganese and essential vitamins and minerals. This is one healthy meal so let’s get started.
NB: I used one cup of rice, half a cup of peas and one medium red beetroot. For the pilau spice I have already shared it on my vegetable pilau post here.
You can also garnish it with coriander leaves and serve with raita or kachumbari salad. Still tasty either way. Try it and enjoy.