Vegan beetroot curry is a flavorful, colorful dish that can surely spice up your dinner routine while benefiting your body.
It's perfect for people who are adhering to a plant-based diet but are looking to add flavor and color to their meals.
Beetroot curry: Healthful and flavorful
Beetroot curry owes its crimson color to beetroot, a root vegetable and popular superfood that's packed with essential nutrients such as vitamin C and iron.
Beetroot, or beet, also contains naturally occurring nitrate, a plant compound commonly found in leafy greens. Diets rich in nitrate has been linked to a host of positive health effects, including lower blood pressure levels and decreased risk of diseases.
The body can convert nitrate from food into nitric oxide, which sends signals to the tiny muscle cells around the arteries and tells them to relax. This causes blood vessels to dilate and brings blood pressure levels down.
Currying beetroot further boosts the root vegetable's health benefits. Curry refers to a variety of dishes cooked using strong spices. Originally from India, it has spread all over the world for its distinctive flavor, scent and powerful nutritional properties.
One spice often used in curry is cumin seed. It can be bought in the form of dried whole seeds or in powder. Recent research has found that cumin is beneficial for people with high cholesterol, diabetes and irritable bowel syndrome, among other conditions.
You will find cumin in the recipe below, along with a healthful mix of ingredients that complement the flavor and health benefits of beetroot.