Shalgam ka Salan and a Giveaway

Other than just eating raw in salads, there are so many different ways to enjoy this humble winter root vegetable. Grown mostly in temperate climates, turnips are creamy white in color with a reddish purple upper crown where they have been exposed to sunlight. They have a pungent flavour similar to raw cabbage or radishes and becomes mild after cooking.

Turnips – Shalgam

About 100 gm of turnip root contains just 30 calories and contains Vitamin C. This underappreciated root vegetable packs a nutritional wallop that includes impressive stores of lutein, beta carotenes, riboflavin, magnesium, carotene, manganese, folate, calcium and iron. So for all these good reasons remember to buy them every once in a while during your grocery shopping and include them in your diets. Here’s a simple curry for you all to try this vegetable out.

Shalgam ka Salan – Turnip Curry


Turnips/Shalgam – 5, peeled and chopped into pieces
Canola oil – 3 tbsp
Onions – 2, medium sized, finely sliced
Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp
Red chilli powder – 1 1/2 tsp
Salt – 2 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
Green chillies – 2, small, finely chopped
Cilantro – 3 tbsp, finely chopped

Shalgam ka Salan – Turnip Curry


In a saucepan, add oil and as soon as it warms up, add the sliced onions and fry until they are light brown in color. Add ginger garlic paste and fry along for a minute. Add red chilli powder, green chillies, chopped cilantro, salt and turmeric powder and about 2 tbsp water. Mix and cook for a minute. Add the chopped turnip and pour in about 1/2 cup water. Mix well and cover with a lid. Let it cook until the turnips are soft. Serve warm along with parathas.

The Giveaway:

A few days the Tetley Canada tea team had contacted me if I would be interested in giving away a basket full of their teas. To which I gladly accepted and here is a chance for you to win this gift basket with a range of aromatic herbal teas to extinguish all your winter blues and warm up your body.

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This giveaway is limited to within Canada only (excluding Quebec, due to shipping, sorry!). Leaving a comment on my blog enters you a chance to win. One randomly-picked winner will be chosen. Contest closes on midnight December 15th 2010. Good Luck!


18 thoughts on “Shalgam ka Salan and a Giveaway

  1. Just had to tell you that this recipe rocked. Just made it this afternoon, and I never thought I’d grow up to be cooking shaljam one day. I used to hate it as a kid growing up in Pakistan (I was a bit of a carnivore growing up). But now that I’m older, I’m sticking to cooking vegetables. Your recipe is delicious and has made me interested in turnips!

  2. i read the comments. Shabdegh is a curry of shalgam, koftas and lamb.follow tha recipe for kofta curry north indian style, meaning no poppy seeds n coconut and use roasted coriander powder instead and after preparing and cooking the masala for the kofta curry, raw ground meat koftas, lamb and shalgam are added and simmered the whole night on low fire. we all are time bound and as aresult you could just cook the shalgam with the koftas or do the combination of lamb and kofta but u don’t have to cook all night, a few hrs. at the most. ENJOY!!!!

  3. I took the quiz and it turns out that I am turquoise! I would love to win this prize – my hubby is a real tea drinker, (I send him to work each morning with TWO pots of tea & a mug full) so we go through a lot of tea – and we like a lot of variety. So this basket would be an awesome gift for us!

    Thanks for the giveaway and chance to win!

  4. İ am living in Turkey, they have a drink here called şalgam(shallgum)name is similar and named after the same vegetable. The drink is not made with the turnips(they can be included) but out of red/purple carrots. İt is fermented and people of the south east like it. I make it and it is supposed to be very healthy. İ hope to make your curry soon.

  5. Very much like your websites and have tried many recipes from here. They all came up as expected and explained !
    Would love to try some of the teas that I haven’t tried so far

  6. I bought shalgam just yesterday, without a clue how to cook it! Thanks for the inspiration with this recipe – I might either cook it your way or make achari shalgam!
    And yes – it would be great to know how to make shab deg.

  7. Have you heard of a shalgam dish by the name ‘shab degh’? Any idea how to make it?

    mohammadi murtuza siddiqui

    Mohammadi, I am sorry I have never heard of this dish. Have you eaten it somewhere, tell me more about it. I am interested to know.

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