Baharat Roasted Beet Hummus

Baharat Roasted Beet Hummus - A bowl of brightly coloured pink hummus garnished with olive oil, beet cubes, and parsley.

Baharat Roasted Beet Hummus is a great tasting vegan/gluten free snack easily made with common ingredients and spices you have on hand. Make your own Baharat spice blend or adjust using your favourite spices.   

Baharat Roasted Beet Hummus

This beet hummus recipe has it all…great flavour using easy to find pantry ingredients and hardy root vegetables. Both main ingredients are great to keep on hand for when that hummus craving hits hard. The chickpeas blend up so smoothly with the tahini, olive oil, and added roasted beets. The flavourful spice mix, Baharat, really compliments the flavour of the beets and gives this dip massive snackability. 

Baharat Roasted Beet Hummus - A bowl of brightly coloured pink hummus garnished with olive oil, beet cubes, and parsley.

My Beet Hummus Inspiration

The colour of beet hummus is such a striking and unique pink colour that it is hard to miss on any mezze platter. I first had it at a local Greek restaurant and was immediately smitten that I had to try making my own version. Sometimes, all I need for a great meal is Lemon Roasted Potatoes dipped in Beet Hummus! To make it even healthier, add a great Tomato Cucumber  Salad packed full of veggies! 

Baharat Roasted Beet Hummus - A bowl of brightly coloured pink hummus garnished with olive oil, beet cubes, and parsley.

What is Baharat?

Baharat is a Middle Eastern spice blend also used in Turkish and Greek cuisines. It is a warming blend of aromatic spices which typically includes black pepper, ground coriander and cumin, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, nutmeg, and paprika. As you can imagine, the cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, and nutmeg bring a beautiful sweetness to the mix.

Other spices that can be included in Baharat include: allspice, cassia bark, turmeric, saffron, ginger, and chili peppers. Sometimes herbs such as mint (Turkish blends), flowers such as dried roses (Tunisian blends) and dried black limes (some Arabic versions).

Baharat Roasted Beet Hummus - A bowl of brightly coloured pink hummus garnished with olive oil, beet cubes, and parsley.

Baharat is typically used as a rub on chicken, lamb, and beef or as a seasoning for fish, soups, and stews. It can also be used as a condiment to finish the flavour on a dish. 

How to Make Your Own Baharat 

Since Baharat is simply a spice mixture, it’s fairly simple to make on your own using spices from your own pantry. Simply blend equal parts ground cumin, cinnamon, and paprika. Then add cloves and nutmeg in smaller amounts to taste. For example, if you add 1 tsp cinnamon, cumin and paprika only add 1/4 tsp each of cloves and nutmeg. As with all spice blends, it’s important to use the freshest spice possible to produce the best flavour. 

Baharat Roasted Beet Hummus -Roasted beet cubes covered in spices in the bowl of a food processor.

How to Make Roasted Beet Hummus

As the beets take the most amount of time in this recipe, I always begin by roasting them. Preheat your oven to 375 F. Peel and chop the beets into small equal pieces (around 2 inches). Place beets on a sheet of foil (or in a roasting dish) and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle olive oil over and wrap them up tight. Place foil packet on a baking sheet (or cover the baking dish with foil) and roast for an hour. If you prefer, you can use canned beets or steamed beets but I like the extra sweetness of roasted beets.

Next, toast the cumin seeds in a hot pan until fragrant. Remove from pan. I add extra cumin because I love the flavour. You are welcome to skip this step if you like.

Baharat Roasted Beet Hummus - Chickpeas, Tahini, and spices in the bowl of a food processor.

Finally, add the chickpeas, cumin seeds, tahini, salt, Baharat, beets (reserve a few for garnish), lemon zest, lemon juice to the bowl of a food processor or blender. Blend, then drizzle in olive oil until the mixture becomes slightly fluid.

To serve, arrange the hummus in a serving bowl. Finely dice the reserved beets and scatter on top of the beet hummus. Drizzle olive oil and scatter chopped parsley for the final touches. 

Baharat Roasted Beet Hummus - A bowl of brightly coloured pink hummus garnished with olive oil, beet cubes, and parsley.

How to Serve Beet Hummus

There are so many ways to eat this Beet Hummus! The simplest (and my favourite) is use it as a dip with tortilla chips. Pita chips are probably more traditional. This dip is also great with roasted potato wedges or raw veggies, and spread on a tartine or on a sandwich. 

How Long Will Beet Hummus Keep?

Serve this beet hummus right away or keep it tightly covered in the fridge for up to a week. It probably won’t make it that long but you never know! 

Baharat Roasted Beet Hummus - A bowl of brightly coloured pink hummus garnished with olive oil, beet cubes, and parsley. with a side of corn chips.

Can I Freeze Beet Hummus?

You sure can! Freeze the hummus in an airtight container for up to six months, not forever. You might find it handy to freeze it in portion sized containers and thaw them when the hummus craving hits. Once thawed, it should be consumed within 5-7 days. 

Don’t worry if it has separated during thawing, just give it a good stir and it should go back to normal. Additionally, if you find that the flavour has become duller after freezing, add a bit more Baharat and lemon to perk it up. 

Baharat Roasted Beet Hummus - A bowl of brightly coloured pink hummus garnished with olive oil, beet cubes, and parsley. with a side of chips.

 

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Baharat Roasted Beet Hummus - Pinterest image of two white bowls filled with bright pink hummus topped with cubed beets, olive oil, and parsley.

Yield: 8 servings

Baharat Roasted Beet Hummus

Baharat Roasted Beet Hummus - A bowl of brightly coloured pink hummus garnished with olive oil, beet cubes, and parsley.

Baharat Roasted Beet Hummus is a great tasting vegan/gluten free snack easily made with common ingredients and spices you have on hand. Make your own Baharat spice blend or adjust using your favourite spices.   

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 19 oz (540 ml) can chickpeas; rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin seeds; roasted
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Baharat
  • 3 medium beets; roasted, peeled, and chopped
  • 1 lemon; zested and juiced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Place beets on a sheet of foil and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle olive oil over and wrap them up tight. Place foil packet on a baking sheet and roast for an hour.
  2. Toast cumin seeds in a hot pan until fragrant. Remove from pan.
  3. Add chickpeas, cumin seeds, tahini, salt, Baharat, beets (reserve a few for garnish), lemon zest, lemon juice to the bowl of a food processor or blender. Blend, then drizzle in olive oil until the mixture becomes slightly fluid.
  4. Remove hummus from blender/processor and arrange in a bowl. Garnish with reserved beet cubes, olive oil, and parsley.
  5. Enjoy with pita chips, corn chips, or vegetables.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 689Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 334mgCarbohydrates: 109gFiber: 30gSugar: 20gProtein: 35g

Nutritional calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is an estimation only. For special diets or medical issues please use your preferred calculator.

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32 comments

  1. Andrea Howe

    Oh I just love the color of this beet hummus! I’ve always been intrigued to make my own, but haven’t yet. Can’t wait to make this flavorful version!

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    1. Bernice Hill

      It’s so easy and quite filling as well. We all need some healthy snacks these days.

      Reply

  2. Kushigalu

    Love the color and flavor in this hummus. So delicious it is. Thanks For sharing

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Thanks…yes it is quite appealing! I love it when food looks as good as it tastes!

      Reply

  3. Paige

    This hummus is just BEAUTIFUL…just really stunning. I bet it tastes great too. Ive got a baby shower to go to soon and I’ll make this. (its a girl)

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    1. Bernice Hill

      Yes! It would be perfect for that purpose. Easy to make and very tasty.

      Reply

  4. Veena Azmanov

    Lovely color and delicious combination to making this yummy dish. I love it with anything.

    Reply

  5. Mama Maggie's Kitchen

    This Baharat Roasted Beet Hummus looks really delicious! I never really tried this before but it definitely looks satisfying! It’s really great to know about Baharat. Thanks for sharing!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Thanks for stopping by Maggie…enjoy!

      Reply

  6. Eva

    Didn’t know Baharat and I always love learning something new! This must really give the final product such a boost inflavour!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      It sounds fancy when it has a name but just a great combination of spices for cooking.

      Reply

  7. Charity

    We just planted beet seeds. Saving this recipe for when it’s time to harvest them!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      That’s great! I grow beets every year but we haven’t had a chance to plant anything yet. There’s still snow on the ground here!

      Reply

  8. Natalie

    I love the sound and the looks of this hummus. I never used beets in hummus so this is something new to me. I will definitely give this a try.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      If you love beets, I bet you would really enjoy it!

      Reply

  9. Kacey Perez

    To me, roasted beets are good as is, but adding them to this hummus was amazing! The color is gorgeous and the flavor is amazing – the perfect snack my whole family enjoyed.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Just roast a few extras next time and you’ll be surprised. Such a delicious addition!

      Reply

  10. Jacque Hastert

    This dip is so colorful and delicious! I can’t believe how easy this is to make.

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    1. Bernice Hill

      It really is! I feel like I have been wasting my money buying hummus all the time!

      Reply

  11. Ayngelina Brogan

    I just cooked a batch of chickpeas this morning, this is a perfect use for them.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Wonderful! I think I have some in the pantry too but I use them as pie weights lol

      Reply

  12. Nicoletta De Angelis Nardelli

    You just cannot beat the gorgeous color of beets! This dip seems to have it all: color, texture, intriguing flavors from all those warm fragrant spices. Beautiful and delicious!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      They are something special for sure. Thanks for stopping by Nicoletta, hope you are well!

      Reply

  13. Kristen

    I have always loved the flavour of beet hummus and the color is incredible too.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      They really are a good match together, particularly with the Baharat.

      Reply

  14. Karen

    This is a gorgeous plate! I just ordered some baharat from my fave spice shop and can’t wait to try it with beets.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      wonderful!! Oh, you’re going to love it. I think it would be awesome on baked sweet potato fries too.

      Reply

  15. Cynthia

    Ooh, I may have to look up a recipe for making my own tahini. We may have some beet seeds. Totally making this when we are harvesting beets. My youngest one loves dipping his food.

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    1. Bernice Hill

      I totally think you could skip the tahini…have fun growing the beets this summer!

      Reply

  16. Kelly Neil

    Oooooh that beet hummus is gorgeous and I LOVE the sound of the Bahahrat. I’ve never heard of it until today! Thank you for sharing!!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Thank you Kelly! It’s quite pretty…and also so very easy. The perfect combination!

      Reply

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