Pureed Beetroot with Yoghurt & Za’atar

WORDS:: Chyka Keebaugh

PHOTOS:: Lisa Atkinson


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Pureed Beetroot with Yoghurt & Za’atar, ingredients...

  • 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
  • salt

To Garnish:

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


Method ::

  1. Parboil the beetroot, then bake them until soft. Peel and cut into quarters. Finely chop in a food processor or blender.
  2. Combine the yoghurt, garlic, chilli, olive oil, molasses, za’atar and salt and mix well. Stir in the beetroot.
  3. Scoop into a serving bowl and drizzle with olive oil and garnish.






Recipe credit : http://www.ottolenghi.co.uk/