Beetroot hummus

Beetroot hummus

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(20 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 45 mins Plus cooling


Serves 8-10

This freezable hummus is a great way of using up a glut of beetroot and makes a vibrant, healthy snack

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal90
  • fat1g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs15g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre4g
  • protein6g
  • salt1.69g
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  • 500g raw beetroot, leaves trimmed to 1 inch, but root left whole



    A favourite in 1970s British salads (cooked and pickled in vinegar), beetroot is a root…

  • 2 x 400g cans chickpeas, drained
  • juice 2 lemons



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 1 tbsp ground cumin



    An aromatic spice native to eastern Mediteranean countries and Upper Egypt. This warm,…

  • yogurt, toasted cumin seeds, mint and crusty bread, to serve



    An aromatic spice native to eastern Mediteranean countries and Upper Egypt. This warm,…


  1. Cook the beetroot in a large pan of boiling water with the lid on for 30-40 mins until tender. When they’re done, a skewer or knife should go all the way in easily. Drain, then set aside to cool.

  2. Pop on a pair of rubber gloves. Pull off and discard the roots, leaves/stalk and peel of the cooled beetroot. Roughly chop the flesh. Whizz the beetroot, chickpeas, lemon juice, cumin, 2 tsp salt and some pepper. Serve swirled with a little yogurt, some toasted cumin seeds, a little torn mint and some crusty bread.

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12th Jan, 2020
Boil beetroot! You can easily microwave beetroot. It's a much better result. Firmer beets as they are not soaking up water.
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19th Feb, 2019
Not tasty enough for me
18th Jul, 2018
I didnt have any chickpeas, or lemons, so I used white beans (a heritage variety I’d grown called Hutterite Soup) and lime juice. It turned out really well. I used all the cumin too, which was lovely.
15th Jul, 2017
Absolutely delicious! Love cumin, the mire the better! So healthy!
11th Jan, 2017
Easy to make and taste good! No issue with the cumin :) Didn't add in the yogurt either on the last bit but it still tasted GOOD. Will make this again.
22nd Dec, 2015
This recipe spoilt for me by the addition of to much cumin
13th Aug, 2015
Great recipe. It's so easy. I'm going to make it again and freeze some.
8th Aug, 2015
This is lush! Made a batch, and froze in individual little pots for taking into work for lunch. Nice change from shop bought houmous. All hail the chickpea, got to love a chickpea!
28th Jul, 2015
Loved this recipe and will make again and again. Followed recipe but only added half tsp cumin and that tasted right. Used raw beets and cooked. Think this gives a more earthy flavour than packs of precooked beetroot. The addition of some chopped up mint gives a lovely fresh flavour. It has to be tried!
16th Feb, 2012
I didn't want the bother of cooking fresh beets, but this recipe gave me an idea. I'm a vegetarian and I use chickpeas occasionally because they are nutritious, but I'm not crazy about them, I love beetroot though. I had a 15oz can of sliced beets and a 15oz can chickpeas in the house. I put a can of drained beets into my blender along with the rinsed chickpeas and added the juice of 1 lemon and a tablespoon of cumin. It came out really good, and with a little non fat Greek yogurt mixed in, even better. I will probably use this recipe again. Thanks for the idea.
25th Jul, 2015
It says this recipe is freezable. Any tips on how this should be done? I'm guessing take it all the way up to serving then put in freezer container but any tips would be appreciated.
8th Aug, 2015
Hi, I have frozen hummus before and it turns out just fine. There isn't a huge amount to go wrong with the ingredients in the freezer. I would err on a the side of a more 'stiffer' texture to allow for a slightly sloppier hummus after freezing but that is about the only precaution necessary. I normally pop it into smallish Tupperware containers so that I don't have to defrost a load that I perhaps don't want. Defrost at room temperature for a couple of hours (works grand in a work locker!) in time for lunch
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