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Puréed beetroot with yoghurt & za’atar

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900g medium beetroots (500g in total after cooking and peeling)
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 small red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
250g Greek yoghurt
1 1/2 tbsp date molasses
3 tbsp olive oil, plus extra to finish the dish
1 tbsp za’atar

To garnish:
2 spring onions, thinly sliced
15g toasted hazelnuts, roughly crushed
60g soft goat’s cheese, crumbled

You will be surprised how well beetroot works with chilli and za’atar. Its sweetness takes on a seriously savoury edge which makes it one of the most popular salads among Ottolenghi’s customers. You can serve it as a dip or a starter, with bread, or as part of a mezze range. If the beetroot is watery and the dip ends up runny and doesn’t hold its shape, consider adding a little mashed potato to help thicken it. Date molasses can be replaced with maple syrup.

Serves 6

(p 53, Jerusalem)


The method for this recipe is available in the book Jerusalem, available to buy here.
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  1. Date syrup

    Add a rich sweetness and depth to your cooking, the natural way

    Date syrup

  2. Palestinian za'atar

    Possibly our favourite spice mix: versatile, warming, distinctive, delicous

    Palestinian za'atar


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  • Shop Very tasty
    (02/02/2018) Just made this. So easy and tasty. And yes, it’s very watery and runny so you probably would need to add that mashed potato