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Beautiful Beetroot Hummus

If you read my blogs regularly you will see that I am quite addicted to chips and dips! I don't have a very sweet tooth but I am a bit too fond of savoury snacks like these. I recently found this recipe for a deliciously different type of houmos, made with beetroot, which not only tastes divine, but is also a wonderful pink colour, as you can see! A feast for the eyes as well as the stomach. You have to plan ahead a bit if you are going to use raw chickpeas, as they need to be soaked overnight; otherwise, the quicker method is just to use canned ones which are already cooked. It's easy to make, mainly mixing and blending, and great served with tortilla chips, potato wedges, or lotus root chips! (see a few of my previous recipes).

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 1 ½ cups/300 g chickpeas
  • 1 medium beetroot  (beet), peeled and cut into ½ inch/2cm cubes
  • ½ cup/ 150 g tahini (sesame paste)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 pinch of cumin
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


1) If using raw chickpeas, soak them in water overnight (about 12 hours).

2) Drain and place the chickpeas in a saucepan; add enough water to cover by 2 inches (5cm). Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the chickpeas are barely tender, about 40 minutes.

3) Add the cubed beetroot and continue cooking until tender. Drain and rinse in a colander under cold running water.

4) Pureé the chickpeas and beets, tahini, lemon juice, oil, garlic and cumin in a blender; season with salt. Transfer to a serving bowl, cover and chill for about 30 minutes.

5) For a quicker version, use 3 â…“ cups drained canned chickpeas and ½ cup drained canned beets; skip steps 1 and 2.


Enjoy, let me know what you think! Your votes and comments are much appreciated.


Photo courtesy of Flickr creative commons.

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  1. alan
    Excellent Receipe... read my article "My Vegan GrandMom Strongest" and vote if you like it
  2. Anita Vegana
    I know you like your chips, dips and savouries! That's fine because so do I. My problem is I like both sweet and savoury... so if you place both in front of me, I will dive in both bowls! I voted.
  3. SnakeWitch
    Ahhh, pretty in pink! Yes, and we'll leave that to the food. I actually don't like pink. I know, I'm not a normal girl, but yeah... I could definitely do without this major fashion trend where everyone has at least 10 pink shirts and 10 pairs of pink leggings in their closets... Back to your article, love the idea of mixing hummus with beets. This really seems to make it very high in iron and a bit on the sweet side. Voted!
  4. Veganara
    Thanks for the votes and comments everyone. Alan, I looked for your blog you mentioned but couldn't find it. I did vote on one by someone else writing about his grandmother though, Silas! Was that you, under a different name?
  5. Shabs Online
    Shabs Online
    What a beautiful 'pink' food to have....beet root is a wonderful health veggie and gives a delightful look to all its recipes....Voted dear! :) n yeaa..plz check out my latest on vegan vandalism, though its already on top...but would like to have your views on it! :)
  6. kristo
    Voted! I want this just for the colour! wowowow
  7. moregreensplease
    Very nice.Thank you so much for the recipe.There are a few beetroots in my fridge and I have not been able to decide what to do with them.Today I also bought a bag of chickpeas.Last time I had beetroot to work with I made a really nice pure` soup.Voted!


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