Shalgam Masala (Spiced turnips)

    56 min

    This Indian dish is great way to spice up traditional mashed turnips. This dish is great garnished with fresh coriander or parsley and served with basmati rice, or with naan bread. The amount of chillies you use really controls the heat factor in this dish.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 1 large onion, chopped
    • 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste (see note)
    • 2 small green chilli peppers, seeded and chopped
    • 2 tomatoes, chopped
    • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
    • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
    • salt to taste
    • 260g peeled and cubed turnips
    • 160ml hot water
    • 1 teaspoon brown sugar

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:36min  ›  Ready in:56min 

    1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir until soft, about 10 minutes. Stir in ginger-garlic paste and chilli peppers; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
    2. Stir tomatoes, coriander, cumin, turmeric and salt into the saucepan; mix well. Add turnips and hot water; stir well. Cover and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer until turnips are tender, 20 to 30 minutes. Add brown sugar and coarsely mash the turnips.


    Homemade ginger-garlic paste can be made by mashing equal parts garlic and fresh ginger root into a paste.

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    Honestly one of the most delicious things that I have EVER cooked. I can't even believe how good these turnips were. I was eating the leftovers directly out of the pan with a fork and drinking the leftover cooking liquid!  -  04 Mar 2019  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was my first time cooking with turnips, and this turned out beautifully! My partner even asked for seconds! Great flavor, easy to make, and surprisingly filling served with rice. I didn't have green chiles but added ~1/8 tsp cayenne pepper, and it was a perfect level of spice without being too overwhelming. Will definitely make again!  -  08 Jan 2018  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing this recipe. Eye grow my own turnips now so this recipe was a godsend!  -  25 Jul 2017  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)