Mashed Turnips Recipe

A different mashed turnips recipe! Soft turnips cooked in lots of fried onions, garlic and fenugreek is a delicious way to eat this not-so-popular root vegetable.

All my life I hated turnips and wouldn’t touch them with a barge pole …. and then my mother-in-law introduced me to this mashed turnips recipe with lots of fried onions. 

To my utter surprise, I actually relished them cooked this way. Who would have thought turnips (turnips!) would taste great with onions? 

The sweetness of onions counters the strong smell and taste of turnips. The fenugreek and garlic give it a solid punch!

Have mashed turnips with hot rotis and I promise you, even if you’re not a fan of this vegetable, you will be pleased with the results.

Mashed Turnips Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 small turnips, peeled and halved
  • 1 large onion, sliced finely
  • 1 heaped tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1/2 tsp mango powder (amchur)
  • 1 green chilli, sliced finely
  • 5 tbsp cooking oil
  • A few sprigs fresh coriander
  • Salt

METHOD

1. Fill a saucepan with water and dunk the turnip chunks into it. The water should cover the chunks completely. Boil till soft, around 20 minutes. Pour the contents of the saucepan into a colander with another pan beneath it to catch the liquid. 

2. When the contents of the colander cool down completely, take each turnip chunk in your hand and squeeze gently to get rid of the excess liquid. Mash with a fork.

3. In a pan, heat the oil and add the fenugreek seeds. When they turn golden, put in the onions. Saute till brown, then tip in the garlic, mango powder and salt.

4. Add the mashed turnips to the fried onions and saute for some more time, about 15 minutes. The turnips should lose their white colour and turn a nice reddish brown. Once done, put in the coriander leaves and green chilli and mix thoroughly. Serve hot with rotis or any Indian bread.

Serves 4.

TOP TIPS

Don’t be tempted to buy large turnips as these can be stronger in taste and even bitter sometimes. Choose small to medium sized turnips.

Mango powder or amchur is available in Indian grocery stores. It adds an extra tang to this dish but is completely optional. You can bypass it if you don’t want to go to the trouble of procuring it.

I don't like to throw away the turnip-y liquid collected in step 1 because it is rich in nutrients. So I put it in the dal I'm cooking for the day. No loss, no wastage!

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