Roasted beetroot, cinnamon and pomegranate dip

Roasted beetroot, cinnamon and pomegranate dip.
Roasted beetroot, cinnamon and pomegranate dip. Photo: Marcel Aucar

The earthy roasted beetroot is a great match for the warmth of the cinnamon and allspice. Add a hint of chilli, the richness of yoghurt and the sweet-and-sour balance of pomegranate and you've got a very sophisticated dip.


900g medium beetroot, washed well, trimmed and cut in sixths

Extra-virgin olive oil

Salt flakes

Freshly ground black pepper

2 tsp ground cinnamon, plus extra

1 tsp ground allspice

1/2 tsp chilli powder (or to taste)

300g thick plain yoghurt

100ml pomegranate molasses

100g feta

2 handfuls pomegranate seeds

1 handful mint leaves


1. Preheat the oven to 180C fan-forced or 200C conventional.

2. Place the beetroot pieces into a roasting dish, drizzle with oil, season with salt and pepper, add the cinnamon and allspice and toss through to evenly coat. Add a splash of water to the dish, cover with baking paper and foil and roast for one hour.

3. After an hour, remove the paper and foil and bake for about another 15 minutes. The beetroot should be tender and starting to caramelise. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.

4. Once cooled, puree the beetroot with the chilli powder until smooth. Add the yoghurt and pomegranate molasses and process until combined. Adjust the seasoning, then spread on to a serving plate, crumble over some feta, sprinkle a little cinnamon, scatter over the pomegranate seeds and mint and serve with flat bread.

Drink: Lager or mint tea.