I think what I love most about this recipe is the gorgeous , sinfully pink colour. This is a relatively easy recipe and can also be adapted by using pretty much any vegetable instead of the beetroot (e.g. carrots, butternut, pumpkin, etc.). You could even make it as a cheesy Valentine’s Day dish…
- 5 medium sized beetroots, trimmed (if you get them with the leaves, save these to use in a salad or sautee lightly as a side dish)
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 400g can of chickpeas (drain very well)
- 1 tablespoon tahini
- 1/3 cup plain yoghurt (Greek style works nicely)
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1/2 cup vegetable stock (mine turned out a bit liquidy, so next time I’d probably use even less)
- Scrub the beetroots well, put them in a large pot, cover with water and boil for about 40 mins (or till soft). Drain and leave aside to cool before peeling.*
- Meanwhile… heat about 1 tbls of the oil in a frying pan and sautee the onions over medium heat for a few minutes. Add the cumin and fry for another few minutes.
- Chop up the peeled beets and place in a food processor or a large bowl if you use a hand blender. Add the onion mixture, chickpeas, tahini, yoghurt, garlic, lemon juice and stock. Process until smooth. Leave the motor running (or keep the hand blender operating) and add the rest of the oil in a thin stream. Process until everything is totally combined.
- Serve with pita chips, tortilla chips, baby carrots and/or some yummy fresh bread. (I added a little pepper and topped with fresh coriander/cilantro).
Adaptations: As I said before, you could use any vegetable in place of the beetroot, though you won’t get the magnificent pink colour 🙂 Given mine was a bit sloppy/watery, I’m contemplating turning the leftovers into a soup by adding about 2 cups of veggie stock and simmering for a bit. I reckon it’d make a really tasty, healthy soup.
*I’m not sure if there’s any rationale behind peeling after, though I guess the skin gets soft and you lose less flesh than if you peeled while raw