September 4, 2014

Danish Buttered Ginger Beets - Rødbeder I Ingefærsauce

The English words in the title are ok, but the Danish ones are challenging. However, ask me about the dish and I will write about it - Thats what I told my family when I made this. Buttered GIngered Beets -  a simple dish to make ahead for parties or potlucks. Non vegetarians might love to have it along with grilled dish or chicken (which was something that the original recipe told me :-)) And as for us, veggies at home presented in a different format is what we were kicked about. 

The husband was mighty pleased with the presentation and the taste and said that all those years of watching Masterchef Australia on the telly have come handy. I was pretty happy myself as it involved a new technique of letting the veggies simmer in their own sauce and I could relate to Matt and George from the TV show when they said texture and additional elements add to the complexity of the dish. 

From Armenia's Baba Ganoush to Brazilian Coffee Shots to Colombia's Quinoa Avacodo Salad, today we visit Denmark. As always, a short history of the country and some quick facts.  Denmark being a Nordic country, my only exposure to Nordic country was through the TV series - Wallander. Intense, Dark, Stoic & Brilliant - much like the weather I guess (not the brilliant part though :D). But given the fact that they have long winters, its no surprise that meats,whisky and hard liquor are given preference during meal time. 

Danish Flag

A family friend of mine mentioned that while he was posted in Denmark and Norway, Supper (the last meal of the day) would be as early as 5pm. I am trying to gather how people could eat that early. but given the circumstances, guess the darkness envelopes you with a rather dreary climate.

5 quick facts about Denmark's cuisine before we go on to today's dish: (source - Wiki)
  • The cuisine of Denmark, like that of the other Nordic countries and of Northern Germany, consists mainly of meat and fish. This stems from the country's agricultural past, its geography, and its climate of long, cold winters. 
  • With 145.9 kg (321.7 lb) of meat per person consumed in 2002, Denmark has the highest consumption of meat per person of any country in the world.
  • The open sandwiches, known as smørrebrød, which in their basic form are the usual fare for lunch, can be considered a national speciality when prepared and decorated with a variety of fine ingredients. 
  • Hot meals traditionally consist of ground meats, such as frikadeller (meat balls), or of more substantial meat and fish dishes such as flæskesteg (roast pork with crackling) or kogt torsk (poached cod) with mustard sauce and trimmings. 
  • Denmark is known for its Carlsberg andTuborg beers and for its akvavit and bitters although imported wine is now gaining popularity. (Can I hear the boys cheering now :-))

Today's dish, is a simple but hearty side dish of beets, ginger and cornstarch, in a slightly poached form, simmered in its own juices. The jus (as the French would call it) is crucial, although there are some who would prefer it semi dry. But I guess as its eaten with meat, the jus adds to the complexity of the dish.. 

The only hitch was I didn’t have a picture of how this dish was supposed to look but only a text recipe that I had bookmarked sometime ago. So I looked around similar recipes and came up with something that pleased my family.

Country – Denmark

Dish – Buttered Ginger Beets - Rødbeder I Ingefærsauce

Recipe type – Vegetable / Side Dish

Difficulty level – medium
Spice Level - Medium
Recipe adapted from Here
Prep  - 10 mins | Cook time : 25 mins | Serves : 2
Serving Suggestions : With Roasted meats or grilled paneer for a main course
  • Beetroot – 1 large or 2 medium
  • Salt – to taste
  • Ginger – 1.5 inch (grated)
  • Sugar – 2 TBSP (the recipe demanded ¼ cup)
  • Cornstarch – 1 tsp
  • Water – ½ cup
  • Unsweetened Orange juice – ½ cup ( I added a little short of this)
  • White pepper – ½ tsp (optional)
  • Vinegar – 2 TBSP
  • Parsley / micro herbs  - to garnish,
  • Butter, of course – 2 tsp (increase slightly if required) - if you want to make it vegan, simply replace with olive oil (which I did when I made this the second time)

  1. Wash beets, boil in salted water and peel. Cut in bite-sized cubes or slightly thickish roundels (I prefer the latter)
  2. In a double boiler over hot water mix ginger, sugar, cornstarch, vinegar and water. Stir until smooth.
  3. Cook slowly to thicken, stirring frequently. Add cooked beets and butter. Add in orange juice and let it simmer a bit (about 2-3 mins). Add white pepper to finish.
  4. Garnish with parsley and serve hot.

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  1. That's an interesting way to serve beets!..will try them soon..

  2. Very different and interesting way to eat beets, lovely presentation Kalyani.

  3. I tried this dish too but dropped it when I redid the meal. Nicely presented

  4. So the beats are also cooked on a double boiler? Nice presentation.

  5. The beets look delicious. .like the orange in it will give it a lovely flavour. Love the presentation too.

  6. Very colorful and interesting Danish dish with beets. Lovely clicks.

  7. a well written intro and whether authentic or not, love the way you presented it

  8. wow such an tempting and flavorful danish beets :) very well presented and I wud love to finish the plate now !!

  9. Very interesting way to eat beets, Kalyani. Lovely presentation,

  10. Interesting way to cook beets but I guess it is an acquired taste. Sometime back I had tried cooking carrots the similar way and my kids wouldn't take the second bite. :(

  11. Love the way you write the intro for the post Kalyani.And this is such a beautiful dish!

  12. Wonderfull presentation Kalyani. Masterchef Australia really inspires us so much. between, the beetroot with all the spices must have tasted awesome..

  13. Very interesting recipe and a beautiful presentation kalyani!! Cooking in orange juice with all those herbs must give a different taste to the beets!!

  14. Wow Kalyani this is awesome. I love teh presentation and the flavours in heer. The orange juice must have given the beet an delicious flavour.

  15. Wow.. What a lovely way of eating those beetroots.. Yum.


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