How to Make Shalgam Masala (Turnip Curry)

Updated on December 21, 2019
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Turnips are a very healthy vegetable, and with winter here there is a flood of fresh turnips in the vegetable markets. Time to prepare turnip pickle, turnip curry, and more.

If you are among those who do not enjoy eating turnips because of their flavor, I can assure you that this particular dish will have you asking for more. So do give it a try and share your experience in the comments section below.

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: serves 3-4 people


  • 2 tablespoons desi ghee (clarified butter)
  • 500 grams shalgam (turnips), peeled and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ginger paste
  • 2 teaspoons hara dhania (cilantro), chopped
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon + 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon + 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water


  1. In a pressure cooker, add the chopped turnips, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, and water. Close the cooker, keep the heat on medium, and cook for 2 whistles. Then put off the heat.
  2. Open the cooker when the pressure subsides. Strain out the water and keep the boiled turnips in the cooker.
  3. Mash the turnips to a smooth consistency with a hand masher. Set aside.
  4. In a wok, add the desi ghee and keep the heat on high. When it melts, add in the ginger paste. Saute for about 30-40 seconds.
  5. Add in the mashed turnips. Give a stir and add the salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala, sugar, and 1 tsp cilantro. Mix well.
  6. Cook on low-medium heat until the water dries up and the ghee separates out. Keep stirring in between.
  7. When done, remove to a serving bowl and garnish with the remaining cilantro.
  8. Serve with roti.
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Shalgam Masala (Turnip Curry) Recipe

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    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      15 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      I hope you like the dish, Audrey. Please keep me updated. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      15 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I'm a turnip lover since my childhood days. I will whip up your great recipe next week. I've been looking for a special recipe for turnips. So happy to find this!

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      18 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Thank you for the suggestion, Peggy. I'm glad you like our recipes. Thanks for stopping by.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      18 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      LA Elsen, you can0 certainly skip the cilantro. No need for any alternative. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Peggy Woods 

      18 months ago from Houston, Texas

      This really sounds good. Thanks for sharing your recipe of turnip curry with us. You really should produce a cookbook with all of your recipes.

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      LA Elsen 

      18 months ago from Chicago, IL

      This looks so easy to prepare. If I omit the cilantro do you think it will altar the flavor too much, or would you recommend a substitute spice?

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      18 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Thank you, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 

      18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      My wife loves curry, so I'll pass this one. Thanks my friend.

    • rajan jolly profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      18 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Poppy so glad you like this turnip dish recipe. Masala actually means spices. Sabzi means any prepared vegetable. So this can also be said to be a turnip or shalgam sabzi.

      Since you like Indian food you should give this dish a try. It is very simple to prepare.

      Thank you very much for stopping by.

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      18 months ago from Enoshima, Japan

      Indian food is so good. I didn’t realize “masala” meant “curry.” Turnip is a great vegetable and it was fun realizing how to make it in a dish. Thank you for this recipe.


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