Saturday, 17 December 2011

Beetroot and Chickpeas Dip

I know there are loads of 'Beetroot Hummus' recipes on blogosphere, but not one on my blog.  So I thought it was time I introduced you to my version.  I can't actually call this 'Beetroot Hummus' because it does not contain the most essential ingredient: Tahini  - a Middle Eastern sesame.  Although my version lacks the nutty and bitterness you get from sesame paste.  I think my  version is still pretty good. Its sour and sweet - I can only describe its flavour a bit like plum sauce. Go on I encourage you to try it. 

If you don't fancy the beetroot, and I can understand that cooking a beetroot from scratch (boiling or roasting) can be a bit of a nuisance, and then peeling the skin and getting your fingers stained pink-red is not particularly appealing.  But if you wish you can use pre-cooked beetroot.  If this recipe still does not entice you, then you can if you want make the 'plain jane' version of 'Chickpeas Hummus', see here.  It will still be good, but not alluring and tempting to the eyes as this deep crimson beauty.  Sometimes change is good.
I am sharing this crimson dip with Ricki at Diet, Dessert, Dogs for her Wellness Weekend: 13-19th December

My Simple Beetroot and Chickpeas Dip
Makes a bowl – good for 6 - 8 people to share
150g cooked beetroot, roughly chopped
 400g cooked chickpeas, okay from tin
1 clove garlic, crushed
Juice from ½ lemon
2 – 3 tablespoon olive oil
Whizz all the ingredients in a food processor until pureed. Serve immediately or chill for later, that is of course if you can wait! 


  1. This looks lovely- I'm going to give it a go- Thank you!

  2. It's beautiful! this may make i to my christmas table, it is so festive looking!

  3. Hello Shaheen: I used to prepare dips and humus when I was young. I am go to try again for my family, wish me luck!
    The orange Jaffa brownies is a succes over here.



  4. Your dip combines the two good ingredients, beetroot and chickpeas together. Great dip to share around during Christmas! :)

  5. Wow .. the colour is fabulous .. it looks delicious !

  6. This looks so quick and easy who could resist not trying this dip - the perfect thing to take to a friend's house over the Christmas season - gluten free too! This is perfect for my red dress diet.

  7. This sounds awesome! I make a plain hummus without tahini but I never thought about using beetroot! What a fantastic combination of flavours, this will be bookmarked! Yummy!

  8. Wow..what a variety colourful dip!! Loved the combo too :) You have a 'Fabulous Blog' award waiting at my space. Grab it now! Here is the link:

  9. wonderful colour, beats normal houmous!

  10. How interesting - I didn't even know beetroot hummus was a thing :) I'm naive, I know, but this is so inspired. And totes something I must try! Thank you so much for sharing...

  11. That looks lovely, I love anything with Beetroot in it and as I still have a couple growing in the garden I may just give this dip a go for Christmas.

    I will, however, make sure Lovely Hubby IS NOT wearing his white t shirt like he was last time I gave him something with beetroot in it :-)

    Drop me an email with your won my giveaway the other day....I'll send you the random number generator print-out thingy to prove it, I couldn't load it on my Blog for some reason.

    Sue xx

  12. i love the color !! looks delicious...the garnish looks pretty

  13. Hey Shaheen, This looks great! I love its simplicity. :)

  14. Thank you Thrifty Household.

    Thank you Ajax.
    I hope it does, its so easy :0)

    Hi Verónica.
    I hope you start making many more dips for your family, i think it makes a lovely snack and good simply spread on good bread!
    And I am sooo pleased to read that the orange Jaffa brownies were are HIT!
    with much love, Shaheen x

  15. Thanks Veronica's Kitchen :)

    Thank you Vanessa.
    Its really good !

    Thank you Magnolia Verandah.
    Yes it is sooo perfect for your red dress diet - honestly you are so disciplined :)

    Thank you Vicky.
    I hope you enjoy when you get to try it.

  16. Thank you Teena Mary.
    :) You are so kind to nominate me for an award. Thank you so much. Sadly I don't think I am eligible for a Liebster Award, I think its rules states less than 200-300 follwoers. But I thank you soooo much for nominating me, its always means a lot when fellow bloggers think highly of my blog.

    Thank you Keen on Food.

    Thanks JavelinWarrior.
    Oh gosh you don't know what your missing, there are so many variations these days, I also made a wild garlic one :)

  17. Thank you Sue.
    Please do give the dip a go, if you cook the beetroot in advance then it will be easy to put together in moments. And yes, do make sure your husband IS NOT wearing his white t shirt; I totally understand this as my husband stained his trousers last night - and they were not even white!

    And oh my, oh my I won your giveaway. Yippeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
    I totally trust you as I have no idea how that random number generator works, just pleased it picked me :0) I will e mail you in a little while, after I've does the shaky Shaheen jiggle dance, something you so do not want to see.

    Thank you Spoonful of Yumm .

    Thank you Janet :)

  18. Ahh...I have never made anything with beets before and there are SO many recipes I'm dying to try! I'll be adding this one to the list. ;-)

  19. Really interesting! I will have to try!

  20. Thanks Clair.
    I was so surprised to see how versatile beetroot is. And have enjoyed cooking with it.

    Thanks Specialiste x

  21. I love all kinds of hummus--yum! I actually don't mind the pink fingertips from beets; I think it's fun!

  22. Thanks Lauren,
    You daredevil you :)

  23. MMMMM,..I love beetroot a lot!
    Just like you! I also have a beetroot appetizer on my Christmas menu!

  24. Thank you Sophie. There will be more....

  25. I’ve been inspired to feature this post in today's Friday Food Fetish roundup. If you have any objections, please let me know. Have a wonderful holiday and keep amazing food coming!

  26. Hi JavelinWarrior,
    Absolutely no objections at all. Thank you for choosing for your Friday Food Fetish, its very kind of you.

    Have a wonderful holiday.

  27. So I don't have to experiment!! Thank you..sounds perfect.

  28. I love both beets and chickpeas, absolutely adore them, but never thought of mixing the two together. I must try this! Thanks for sharing.


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