Shalgam Curry ( Spicy Turnip Curry)


Shalgam or Turnip in English is a root vegetable commonly grown in northern parts of India. It is very popular in Ladakh and Punjab. Turnip root is very high in vitamin C, Calories with almost zero cholesterol. So, you can call it a super-food. There are many recipes of Shalgam (Turnip) in different parts of India. Here is one of the simplest recipes which can be cooked in a very short span of time.


  • 5 Turnips, cut into cubes

  • 3 Onions finely chopped

  • 2 tomatoes finely chopped

  • ¼ tsp ginger crushed

  • ½ tsp cumin seeds

  • ½ tsp mustard seeds

  • 2 green chilies finely slit

  • 4 garlic cloves finely chopped

  • 1 ½ red chili powder

  • 1 ½ coriander powder

  • 1 ½ tsp turmeric powder

  • 3 tbsp oil

  • Salt as per taste

  • Finely chopped coriander for garnishing


Clock-wise from the top 1 ½ coriander powder; 1 ½ tsp turmeric powder; ½ tsp mustard seeds ; ½ tsp cumin seeds; 1 ½ red chili powder and garlics in the middle.



Onions, tomatoes, chillies and turnips

Onions, tomatoes, chillies and turnips


  1. Heat oil in a pressure cooker over medium flame.

  2. Add the mustard seeds & cumin seeds. Let it sputter.

  3. Then add the finely chopped garlic cloves & onion. Keep sautéing till it becomes little brownish.

  4. Now add the finely slit green chilies & let it splutter.

  5. Add turmeric powder, coriander powder & red chili powder and keep stirring continuously.

  6. Then add the tomatoes & keep stirring continuously.

  7. Add the cubed turnip roots & mix well with the spices (gravy).

  8. Lastly add two glasses of hot water.

  9. Pressure cook for 2 whistles on Med-high flame.

  10. Garnish with chopped coriander before serving.


Keep stirring continuously.


Shalgam Curry is ready to be served.


12 responses to “Shalgam Curry ( Spicy Turnip Curry)

  1. Just dropping by from Bloggers World and want to reconnect. In fact, I have a goal to connect with each and every member of Bloggers World over the next month. I love turnip but can’t seem to find any in Mexico. I did find turnip in Texas and guess where it came from? Mexico. Go figure.

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