Slow Cooker Spiced Indian Beetroot Recipe

Slow Cooker Spiced Indian Beetroot Recipe

Cubes of beetroot cooked to tender perfection, tossed in a heavily spiced, super-flavoursome shredded coconut mix with plenty of lime zest for freshness. This recipe is what I describe as a fresh and light ‘dry curry’, very different to the stereotypical slow cooker meal in a rich gravy. At first glance it may look like a vegetable accompaniment, but it’s so full of flavour it really holds its own as centre-stage dish, especially with fluffy white rice to soak up the spicy turmeric oil. This recipe is a teaser straight from my brand new cookbook ‘Modern Slow Cooker’… click below to check it out!

Serves 4
Hands-on time: 15 mins
Total slow cooker time: 4 - 8 hours

+ dairy free
+ vegan
+ vegetarian
+ egg free
+ nut free
+ soy free
+ gluten free
+ one pot wonder


3 long green chillies, quartered*
4 garlic cloves, peeled
4 cm knob ginger, peeled
⅓ cup (80 ml) extra virgin olive oil
1 ½ teaspoons fine salt
2 teaspoons fennel seeds
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
½ teaspoon whole cardamom seeds
1 lime, zest finely grated, juiced
⅓ cup (80 ml) water
750 g beetroot, washed and cut into 2 cm cubes
2 cups (150 g) shredded coconut
½ cup (80 g) sultanas
Steamed rice, to serve



  1. Place chilli, garlic, ginger, oil, salt, fennel seeds, cumin seeds, turmeric, cardamom seeds, lime zest and juice and water in blender or food processor. Blend until pureed – it doesn’t need to be smooth, just finely chopped. Spread across base of slow cooker.
  2. Top with beetroot and shredded coconut. Stir everything to combine well. Cover and cook for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low.


  1. Add sultanas, give everything a good stir.

For a complete meal, serve beetroot with fluffy steamed rice topped with a dollop of coconut yoghurt, fresh coriander, toasted sesame seeds, roasted cashews, raita (page 192), zhug (page 196) or apple and mint chutney (page 193). Also makes a great side dish at your next Indian banquet.

*This dish is quite spicy – decrease the amount of chilli if that doesn’t appeal to you!