Spiced Turnips (Shalgam Masala)

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

You will need:

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 small green chile peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • salt to taste
  • 2 cups peeled and cubed turnips
  • ⅔ cup hot water
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar


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 chile peppers; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Stir tomatoes, coriander, cumin, turmeric, and salt into the saucepan; mix well. Add turnips and hot water; stir well. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until turnips are tender, 20 to 30 minutes. Add brown sugar and coarsely mash the turnips.

Prep Time: 20 mins/Cooking Time: 36 mins/ Total Time: 56 mins

Servings: 4

Calories: 126.4