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​Beetroot Muhammara

Muhammara is a dip made from ground nuts and vegetables. Often this is made with roasted peppers and almonds but our version uses beetroot for a deep purple colour. You can buy ready cooked beetroot (not in vinegar) or roast whole beetroot in foil in the oven until soft before rubbing off the skin. You can use a food processor or a pestle and mortar, which will produce a much rougher consistency.

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Muhammara originated in Syria and is popular in Middle Eastern cuisine. If you're interested in dishes from this region, please do have a look at our upcoming Middle Eastern cookery classes. We would love to see you there.

Beetroot Muhammara

Dietary: Vegan, Gluten Free Option, Contains Nuts

Serves: 4


  • 2 medium raw beetroot
  • 30g breadcrumbs (can be wheat free bread)
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • pinch of cayenne or chilli flakes
  • 150mls hot water
  • 200g cashews or walnuts, roasted
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 tbsps pomegranate syrup
  • 1 tsp ground roasted cumin
  • 2 tbsps nut oil or olive oil
  • Salt to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/Gas6
  2. Place the washed but unpeeled beetroot in a deep metal tray, cover in foil and roast for about 1 to 1.5 hours in a hot oven until the beetroot feels slightly soft. 
  3. Allow the beetroot to cool and then peel, chop and blend in a food processor or in a large pestle and mortar.
  4. Put the breadcrumbs into a bowl and sprinkle with the paprika and cayenne and then pour on the hot water. Leave for about 5 minutes.
  5. Blend all the ingredients, except for the oil together to a creamy texture. You may need to add more water. 
  6. Stir the oil in after blending. 

Beetroot Muhammara Dip


Virginia Long on 25th Apr 2015 said:

Looks lovely. What would you serve with it?

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Monica at Demuths on 26th Apr 2015 said:

Thanks, Virginia! It’s a wonderful dip for fresh bread or veg, but really the possibilities are endless. Sandwich spread, veggie kebab sauce, soup garnish…let us know what you try!

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Virginia Long on 26th Apr 2015 said:

Thank you I will

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Claire on 10th Feb 2018 said:

I was hoping to try this. But what sort of weight is a “medium” beetroot? They vary so much: last week I had two 350g monsters and this week some are smaller than 80g. I could really use a bit more guidance than the stipulations above!

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Monica at Demuths on 28th Feb 2018 said:

Good question, Claire! We’re assuming a medium sized beetroot weighing 150g - 200g. Hope you give it a try - let us know what you think!

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