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Complete home study program in Greek cuisine, recipe for Beets (Μπαντζάρια)  from homecook at


  • Beets purify the blood
  • Beets can significantly lower the blood pressure
  • Beets are low in calories
  • Beets contain high amounts of vitamins and minerals (folate & manganese)
  • Beets have anti-inflammatory properties
  • Beets can be used to treat constipation

Tips & tricks

  •  Before boiling, trim off the root, separate the leaves and cut into smaller pieces. Wash under running water to remove any dirt.
  • Select beets that are quite firm, and are red and have bright green leaves.
  • Also select beets of the same size or cut them in equal-sized pieces for even cooking.
  • Add the beet greens after having boiled the beets for 1 hour.
  • Once the beets are done, wash them while stil hot under cold running water to easily remove their skin.


Recipe directions

    • Cut the beet greens in smaller pieces, as shown next.
    • Wash thoroughly all beets and beet greens.
    • Boil the beets first for an hour with pot covered.
    • Once boiling begins add 1 tbsp of salt.
    • After 1 hour of boiling, add the beet stems and continue boiling for another 10 minutes or until beet stems are tender.
    • After 70 minutes add the beet leafs. Boil for 5 minutes more and you are done.
    • While the beets are still hot, gently wash beets under cold running water and scrub off the outer skin.
    • Add oil, vinegar, salt and minced garlic to taste.
    • Beets go extremely well with skorthalia (Garlic sauce or dip).

If this Greek recipe is of interest to you, you may watch our video with step by step instructions and precise ingredient amounts; Beets (Μπαντζάρια)

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