Beetroot and walnut hummus

Cooking educates: The I♥CC motto this week: Dippity Do Dah! . Just dip in and have a taste, ice cream or a book about dips*

The Food Assembly had pretty yellow beets for this

Beetroot and walnut hummus

Beetroot and walnut hummus (1)

Hugh says this hummus is wonderful to scoop up with flatbreads or in a sandwich with goats’s cheese

Beetroot and walnut hummus sandwich

This sandwich with almost local ingredients was really divine.

Beetroot and walnut hummus

Yield: 4 servings

Beetroot and walnut hummus (2)

A revelation for people who claim not to like beetroot, or walnuts come to that – is wonderful with crisp crudites, in a sandwich with goat’s cheese, or scooped up with flatbreads: Beetroot and walnut hummus


  • 50 grams walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 25 grams stale bread, crusts removed
  • 200 grams cooked beetroot, cut into cubes; I cooked them 40 minutes in a steamer
  • 1 tablespoon tahini (sesame seed paste)
  • 1 large garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 lemon, the juice
  • Sea salt
  • black pepper, freshly ground
  • a little olive or rapeseed oil


ISBN: 978-0747598404 *

inspired by:
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstal
River Cottage Everyday *
ISBN: 978-074759840


  1. Put the walnuts on a baking tray and toast in an oven preheated to 180°C/Gas Mark 4 for 5-7 minutes, until fragrant. Leave to cool.
  2. Warm a small frying pan over a medium heat. Add the cumin seeds and dry-fry them, shaking the pan almost constantly, until they start to darken and release their aroma – this should take less than a minute, so be careful not to burn them. Crush the seeds with a pestle and mortar or a spice grinder.
  3. Break the bread into small chunks, put in a food processor or blender with the walnuts and blitz until fine. Add the beetroot, tahini, most of the garlic, a good pinch of the cumin, half the lemon juice, a little salt and a good grind of pepper, then blend to a thick paste.
  4. Taste the mixture and adjust it by adding a little more cumin, garlic, lemon, salt and/or pepper, blending again until you are happy with it. Loosen with a dash of oil if you think the Beetroot and walnut hummus needs it. Refrigerate until required but bring back to room temperature to serve.

total time: 1 hour + cooling time
preparation time: 5 minutes
cooking/baking time: 40 minutes for the beets

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