Dips are a great way to get over vegetable phobias. I think in a way they are less threatening than the vegetable, whole.
That is, if vegetables could be considered threatening. And when you add a fragrant mix of spices, a dollop of yoghurt and roasted garlic to the mix you have a beautiful and addictive dip that is far too easy to devour.
I'd not heard of Egyptian Beetroot Dip before, until a recent family get together when my mother in law brought out her special "homemade" (her code for shop bought) Egyptian Beetroot Dip.
Quickly devoured by my family (where do young boys put all that food?) I managed to try some, before it was gone completely, so I could recreate a homemade version.
And it's quickly become one of the most popular recipes on the blog. Oh, while you're here, be sure to grab a free copy of my Top 15 Reader Favorite Recipes!
I'm assuming the Egyptian prefix for this beetroot dip comes from the use of cumin, coriander and cinnamon, which were all well loved spices in ancient Egypt.
The scent of cumin was thought to ensure conception, so ancient Egyptian women would inhale their scent when trying to get pregnant.
It was also believed to be a sign of faithfulness and was carried by soldiers as they went off to battle, as a reminder of their partners awaiting their return.
Coriander was also thought to be an aphrodisiac and a symbol of eternal love and passion.
Whether those beliefs are accurate or not, it's sure a delicious dip. It's wonderful spread on crackers, and is a great addition to sandwiches or wraps.
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And if you love this roasted beetroot dip, be sure to check out these other tasty ideas:
- Roasted Beetroot Napoleon
- Beetroot and Goat Cheese Tart
- Sun Dried Tomato and Feta Dip
- Sunshine Carrot Dip
Egyptian Beetroot Dip recipe
- 2 large beetroots scrubbed and stalks trimmed
- 4 cloves garlic
- ⅓ cup yoghurt or dairy-free yogurt for vegan version
- 1 tsp heaped cumin seeds
- 1 tsp coriander seeds
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- juice of half a lemon
- salt and pepper
- olive oil
- toasted pistachios roughly chopped (optional)
- Preheat oven to 180 celsius (350 Fahrenheit) and wrap each beetroot in foil, along with a teaspoon of water. Place on a baking tray and roasted for 40 to 60 minutes, or until the beetroot is tender. Wrap the garlic (leave the garlic in its paper skins) in foil and add for the last 10 minutes of cooking, and cook until soft and golden. Leave the beetroot to cool before peeling.
- Place a frying pan over a medium low heat and add the cumin and coriander seeds and cook until fragrant. Place the spices in a coffee grinder, or mortar and pestle and grind until a powder.
- Roughly chop the beetroot and place in the bowl of a food processor. Squeeze the garlic from it's skin and add to the food processor along with all the remaining ingredients, except the pistachios and olive oil. Process until smooth. Check the seasoning, and adjust as necessary.
- Serve with a drizzle of olive oil and the chopped pistachios, if using.
Beets are the Bomb says
This is a very tasty dip and it's pretty easy to make. If you love beets i recommend trying it out.
How long will the dip last in the fridge?
It should be okay for 2-3 days in the fridge.
Being Russian I love beets and grew up eating them regularly! This sounds delicious : ))
Sanjeeta kk says
What a lovely colour,,,I am certainly making this..
Phoebe Lapine says
This dip looks great! Would be perfect for valentines day!!
Great idea Phoebe, it would be perfect for Valentines day. 😀
I love beetroot and I love the look of this beautiful, vibrant dip.
Yasmeen | Wandering Spice says
Gorgeous, Jenn! I imagine this would be beautiful spread in a pita, wrapped around some grilled veggies.
Maureen | Orgasmic Chef says
I've eaten a bucketload of that commercial Egyptian beetroot dip. Now I want to make it myself. Thanks for sharing this!
Choc Chip Uru says
This dip is so flavoursome 😀
Oooh I love beetroot. Never had a beetroot dip thoug. Can't wait to try it. Thanks!
Scrumptious. The kind of dip I love to eat.