Chuqandar Gosht

Sweet red beets when cooked in a hot and spicy tomato meat stew result in a delicious curry that you will definitely enjoy. We Hyderabadis like to cook our vegetables with meat.

Peeled and chopped red beets

I enjoy beets this way a lot, along with warm parathas. My brother dislikes the way it tends to color your rice though. Whenever I go to the market, I buy beets along with its greens which are very nourishing, that way I can enjoy the goodness of both the greens as a subzi, as well as beets as a seperate curry.

While preparing salad with beets, do not peel and then boil the beets in water. That way all the nutrients are lost when you drain the water. If you have to boil the beets, wash them thoroughly and boil them unpeeled. In this manner, the nutrient loss is less. I recommend steaming the beets when you wish to have them as salads. This is the best way with minimum nutrient loss and maximum flavor.

Chuqandar Gosht – Beets in Spicy Meat stew


Canola oil – 1 tbsp
Yellow Onion – 1, small, finely chopped
Lamb/Veal/Sheep meat (with or without bone) – 250 gms, cut into bite-size pieces
Salt – 1 1/2 tsp
Red Chilli Powder – 2 tsp
Ginger-garlic paste – 1 tsp
Tomato – 2, medium sized, finely chopped
Water – 1 cup
Beetroot/Chuqandar – 5, medium sized(as shown in the picture), peeled, sliced and cut into bite-size wedges

Chuqandar Gosht – Beets in Spicy Meat stew


1. In a pressure cooker at medium high heat, pour oil and as soon as it warms up, add the chopped onion and stir fry until the onion is just soft. Add meat, ginger garlic paste, red chilli powder and salt, and fry them along for a minute. Add the chopped tomatoes and water and pressure cook until the meat is tender.
2. Later, add chopped beetroot and pressure cook again for 2-3 minutes until tender. Cook on high until the water has all almost dried up. Remove from heat and serve warm.

Suggested Accompaniments: Tastes delicious along with warm Parathas, or you can even savor it along with Basmati Chawal.


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15 Responses to “Chuqandar Gosht”

  1. wooooooow great

  2. I love Beet & use it a lot in my carrot juice but never cook with it.
    The stew looks very delicious.

  3. Yum! What a nutritious and healthy recipe!

  4. You know one of the things that has been preventing me from trying beets is because of the natural sweetness of it but I think that with your suggestion of making it with something hot and spicy, will add the necessary balance that I would like. Thanks for the idea.

  5. My mum adds a little bit of Khatai (aamchur powder) to chuqandar gosht in order to counter the sweetness of the chuqandar. It turns out wonderful!

  6. This looks so tasty Mona.

    The first time I tried beetroot with spices I was suprised how utterly delicious it was.

    Lovely. 🙂

  7. I make chughundur (this is how we call beets too:) with fish, but your idea with meats sounds great!

  8. Nice combo mona,my m-law always adds veg when she cooks mutton,but she never used beets in the mutton curry,looks so yummy.

  9. cool, really this is a new recipe for me…definitely on my mist try list!

  10. Trying to add more beet in our diet. This addition would be lovely to my beet recipes!

  11. I love beets but never combined them with meat. I just love the color of the dish when we use them. Lovely picture

  12. What rich color,must try recipe.Have a blessed Eid,dear Mona:)

    Jabz, Eid Mubarak to you too! ~Mona

  13. Eid Mubarak mona 🙂
    May Allah (swt)accept from our fasting 🙂

    Zainab, Eid Mubarak to you too! ~Mona

  14. Eid mubarak mona wish you all the best and your

    family love hema from bangalore

  15. Mona, I don’t know if you are aware of this. Saw your recipe in another blog. Apparently this person has recipes of many blogger. Just have a look at it.


    Usha, Thanks. I have left a comment there and also reported to Blogger about the violation. I am waiting to hear from them. ~Mona

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