Beetroot Health Benefits and Dip Recipe

How often is Beetroot included in your diet / meal? This vegetable is well known in many Indian households. Not only does it act as a natural food color, it has various other properties, you will be surprised!

Beetroot can be consumed in the form of salad, juice and halwa. But what is the truth about this vegetable? Let us read further ..

Health Benefits --
  • Lowers blood pressure levels - Beetroot is a rich source of nitrates. When consumed it widens the arteries and lowers blood pressure. Research also says when consumed 500 gms everyday, a person's blood pressure reduces in about six hours. 
  • Reduces bad cholesterol - As a powerful antioxidant, the vegetable helps in reducing the oxidation of LDL cholesterol and does not allow it to deposit on the walls of the artery. This protects the heart from heart strokes and reduces the need for medication.
  • Good for pregnant women and the unborn child - The quality of the root is that it has an amazing supply of folic acid. Folic acid is very important for pregnant women and the unborn babies because the component helps in the formation of the unborn child's spinal cord. Well not only this, beetroot gives mums the extra energy boost required during pregnancy.
  • Keeps Diabetes under check - People suffering from diabetes can fulfill their sugar cravings by adding this vegetable to their diets as it releases sugar very slowly in the blood. Not only this, its low on calories too. 
  • Treats Anaemia - This vegetable contains a lot of iron. Iron helps in the transport of nutrients and oxygen to various other parts of the body. Its the iron and not the color of the vegetable that helps treat anaemia. 
  • Beats Constipation - It helps regulating your bowel movement by softening stools and flushes out the harmful toxins from the stomach.
  • Boosts Brain Power - By drinking beetroot juice a person's stamina is increased by 16%. Its known to increase oxygen uptake of the body.

Beetroot Dip Recipe -- Simple, quick and easy..

Preparation Time - 20 minutes.  
Cooking Time - 1 hour.

Ingredients - 

500 gms beetroots - peeled and coarsely grated.
2 garlic cloves, coarsely grated.
Ginger, peeled and coarsely grated.
125 ml of unsweetened apple juice.
60 ml of balsamic vinegar / lemon juice.

Method -

Put beetroot, garlic, ginger, apple juice and balsamic vinegar in a medium heavy saucepan. Stir constantly over low low heat until apple juice dissolves. Increase heat to medium and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until beetroot is tender.
Remove pan from heat. Using a wooden ladle, pour the dip in sterilized bowl.

Set aside to cool before you serve.

Tip - 

For Beetroot Jams in a an air tight jar - Storage for up to 6 months.
For Beetroot Dip in a bowl - Storage in fridge for up to 6 weeks.  

Happy Cooking! :-)  

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