Home Made Beetroot Powder

Over a period of time i have started to look at healthier options for most things. Making natural food colours has been on my to-do list for a while now. I have started off this new  year with fultoo experiments. So here’s my home made beetroot powder with absolutely no preservatives. And the result is great , i used it in a cookie and the pretty pink is so adorable. Now all you need for this is some good sunlight.

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Home Made Beetroot Powder
Over a period of time i have started to look at healthier options for most things. Making natural food colours has been on my to-do list for a while now. I have started off this new  year with fultoo experiments. So here's my home made beetroot powder with absolutely no preservatives. And the result
Servings
Ingredients
  • 2 Beetroots -
Servings
Ingredients
  • 2 Beetroots -
Instructions
  1. Peel the beetroots and cut into thin slices.
  2. Arrange the slices on a large plate or tray. [see that the slices don't overlap]
  3. Keep the tray out in the sun.
  4. Turn over the beetroot slices every hour [other wise they get stuck to the plate].
  5. After about 4-5 hours the beetroot slices get shrunk and pretty dry.
  6. Repeat the sun-drying the next day.
  7. After the second round of sun drying the beetroot slices get a crispy feel.
  8. Place the slightly crisp beetroot slices on a baking tray lined with parchment paper [ do not grease the parchment paper] and bake in a preheated oven at 150 degrees for 4-5 minutes.
  9. Take care not to burn the beetroot.
  10. Cool and grind into a fine powder in the mixer.
  11. Sieve and store. I did a simple test with water and the colour is simply brilliant.
Recipe Notes

Notes-

If you feel the beetroot slices are dried enough , you can powder them without baking too. Just press the beetroot between your thumb and forefinger and see if it crumbles. If yes , its dry enough.

After the first round of sun drying, store the partially dried beetroot slices in a bowl covered with a sieve / a lid with air gaps.

Store the sieved beetroot powder in an air tight jar.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Gigi Rojan says:

    Superb idea Akhila…& nice explanation.Thanks

  2. Akila Subramanian says:

    Thankyou Gigi.

  3. Janani says:

    Akila , It’s winter here and not much of sunlight . Any other alternative to dry the beets ? TIA

    1. Akila Subramanian says:

      Janani, you can slice them really thin and bake them at a very low temperature in your oven

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