Hello everybody! How are you doing?
I guess it’s been a while since I last posted here but today, I’ve got a treat for you: one of my favourite recipes. A delicious roasted beetroot hummus, which is not only really tasty but also incredibly colorful and a great way to wow your guests if you are looking for a healthy appetizer!
We had originally posted this recipe on our Orla Collective Wort Column, but since we recently capped it, I wanted to make sure it would be remain in our own precious database as well – forever kept in this collection of inspiring articles we’ve been feeding together as an awesome community.
Yup. That’s how much I love you guys. And how much I love this beetroot hummus. It’s seriously delicious.
I was never a fan of beetroot, and it was actually very hard for me to start liking this vegetable. I knew it was an extremely healthy, detoxifying superfood, but it often tasted like earth to me, which pulled me off. But then I tried a technique which is often used to make kids love their veggies: just find ways to make it taste fun & delicious! And it worked.
What better way to make beetroot tasty than adding it in a hummus?
Hummus is my favorite spread. It’s delicious and very nutritious. Adding roasted beetroots in there gives it a sweet, caramelized flavor and a beautifully vibrant pink color!
– 2 beetroots
– 350g canned chickpeas, drained
– 2 garlic cloves, peeled
– 2 tablespoons tahini
– 1 large lemon, juiced
– 2 teaspoons cumin
– 2 tablespoons olive oil
– 4 tablespoons water
– Salt, to taste
1) First, you will be roasting your beetroots. Preheat your oven to 180°C. Peel and chop beetroots in medium chunks, put them in an oven-proof dish, toss with just a little bit of olive oil and then roast them in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes. When they are ready, remove them from the oven and let cool for another 10 minutes or so.
2) Now put the beetroot, chickpeas, garlic, tahini, lemon juice, cumin, olive oil and water in your food processor and blend thoroughly, till you get a nice thick creamy texture.
3) Isn’t the colour lovely? At this point, you can adjust the hummus to your tastem with salt or more lemon, and of course, if you think your hummus is a little too thick, feel free to add a tablespoon or two of water and blend again.
4) Serve the hummus in a lovely little bowl and serve it with some crispy pita breads (quick recipe below), or freshly chopped carrot, cucumber, celery or zucchini sticks.
TIP: Where to buy really great Tahini in Luxembourg
If you are looking for authentic, wholegrain tahini at a good price, look no further. David Copeland, fellow health foodie and contributor at Orla, sells wonderful tahini and lots of other quality whole foods in bulk here: www.consciousfoods.lu.
Credits: Photos by David Mourato from Kinlake.