Homemade beetroot powder
Homemade beetroot powder : Beetroot powder made at home using fresh organic beets. This is an easy three step recipe to make the versatile homemade beetroot powder. You can use it to make beetroot lattes, beetroot lassis or add colour to your ice creams,desserts and curries.This recipe explains two ways to make this easy homemade beetroot powder- Using traditional sun drying method, and using oven to make the beetroot powder incase you do not get enough sun where you live.
Homemade beetroot powder and how you can use it
Making homemade beetroot powder is so simple, and you can be sure that it is actually just pure organic beets in powdered form ready for use, and nothing else.. no other ingredients and no preservatives .
I love beetroots, and use it in so many forms, in a variety of food including paranthas, pooris , salads, soups and dips. You can boil it, grate it, puree or roast it, and it lends such a vibrant colour and taste to everything it is added to.
You can also use it to drizzle over my cereal bowl, porridge, yoghurt, and salads.
Beetroot powder is something that has been a part of superfood markets for quite some time now. It’s uses are innumerable. Check out this article, that details the uses and benefits of beetroot powder. It had never even occurred to me that this can be made at home, till the time I visited home this year.
I found this in my mums pantry, and that too homemade using home grown beets !!! She uses it to add color to the curries and desserts , instead of using any artificial colouring agents.This was such an enlightenment for me , a pleasant surprise , and a discovery to using beetroot powder in so many ways.
I was so happy to have found a new way to always having beetroots handy in my kitchen and adding beetroots to my recipes. It is like having a treasure of this superfood ingredient in my pantry at all times.
How to make the beetroot powder at home
The weather of India is perfect to dehydrate anything and that includes any type of plants or leaves . Most of the indian families use this time to make and stock up homemade kasoori methi, dried mint, kadhi pasta (curry leaves), turmeric, amchoor (dried mango powder)and other dried spices . These ingredients are used extensively in the Indian cuisine.
My mum uses the same way to dry the beetroots. So if you are lucky enough to be living in a place, where sun blesses you with enough warmth, you can use the traditional method of making the beetroot powder.
Peel, wash and grate the beets. Then cover these with a clean, dry muslin cloth, and let these dry in sun but in a shady area , in natural heat for 2-3 days (depending on the quantity of the beetroots).
Do not keep it directly under sunlight, as it will lose its color.
In between keep shuffling the grated beetroots , so that the complete qty is dried in uniformity.
Once dried grind it into a fine powder using a high speed mixer/ grinder. You can use a coffee grinder if you have one. It’s perfect for this purpose.
Once it is ground into a fine powder, it is ready to use.This method might take 2-3 days for the beets to dry, depending on the temperature and beetroot quantity you are drying.
Using Oven to make beetroot powder
In colder places like UK where you do not get enough sun all year round you can use oven to make homemade beetroot powder.
I used organic beets, and used the oven to dry the grated beets as the heat from the sun was not enough to dry the beetroots .
Using oven to dry the beetroots saves a lot of time . The only thing you need to be aware of is, that you can easily over roast the beets, and these can lose the nice pink colour and can taste bitter. So you need to follow the temperature and timing carefully, and keep checking in between to make sure not to over roast the beets.
I used 3 medium sized beets and got around 20 gms of beetroot powder.
You can adjust the number of beetroots to use as per the quantity you want.This can be easily stored in the fridge for months, so no need to bother even if you make excess of this.
Also I would suggest using organic beetroots to make this, for all the reasons that organic is better than the regular vegetables.
Steps to make Beetroot powder at home using oven
The only ingredient required to make this is beetroots, that’s it.
To start, thoroughly wash the beets with enough water, and peel them. Wipe the beets and grate them, using a grater .
Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees (Fan). Line your baking pan with parchment paper, and spread the grated beetroot is one layer on the same.Keep in the oven for around 15-18 minutes.
After 8-10 minutes, stir the grated beets to ensure that it is heated uniformly.
Once the grated beetroots have dried, and look like the picture below, turn off the oven, open the oven door, and leave it in oven for another 15-20 minutes.
Once cool, grind these in a mixer grinder to form fine powder.
Store the beetroot powder in an airtight preferably glass container, and keep in the fridge. It will be ok even if you do not store it in the fridge.
This can be used straight from the jar as and when you need to use it
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- Beetroots peeled , washed and wiped- As per the qty of the powder you want to make
- Thoroughly wash the beets with enough water. Peel ,wipe the beets and grate the beetroots, using a grater .
- Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees (Fan). Line your baking pan with parchment paper, and spread the grated beetroot in one layer .
- Roast in the oven for around 15-18 minutes. After 8-10 minutes, stir the grated beets to ensure that it is heated uniformly.
- Once the grated beetroots have dried, turn off the oven, open the oven door, and leave the beets in oven for another 15-20 minutes.
- Once cool, grind these in a mixer grinder to form fine powder.
- Your beetroot powder is ready. Store in an airtight container, and keep in the fridge !