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Shalgam ka bharta | Mashed Turnip Stir Fry

Shalgam Ka Bharta or  Mashed Turnip Stir Fry or Spiced Turnip mash is a delightful winter special of Punjab. A dish which was my granny's special.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine north indian, punjabi
Servings 4 people


  • 500 grams turnip (shalgam)
  • 2 medium onions finely chopped
  • 3 medium tomatoes finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh coriander leaves chopped
  • 3 green chillies chopped
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 tsp jeera seeds
  • 1/2 tsp kashmiri chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp amchoor powder (dry mango powder)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • to taste salt


  • Wash, peel and roughly chop turnip and boil it in the pressure cooker for 2 whistles. Let it rest till the steam has fully escaped.
  • In the meantime, in a kadhai heat oil. Once the oil is hot, add jeera seeds and sauté till they turn brown.
  • Add the finely chopped onions and sauté further till the onions are cooked and pink in color.
  • At this stage add the finely chopped tomatoes and sauté till they are fully cooked.
  • In the meantime, once all the steam has evaporated from the cooker. Add chopped sugar, coriander leaves, green chillies, salt and chilli powder to the turnip and mash it well.
  • Add the mashed turnip to the cooked tomatoes and mix well. Sauté further for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add amchoor powder, mix well and turn off the heat. Serve hot with fresh phulkas and a dal on side.


As a variation, you can also add fresh green peas to this. Also some people make it without the coriander leaves but I love the flavour that coriander leaves bring to the shalgam ka bharta.
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