Sweet, silky heat-Beetroot and wasabi houmous

4 Jun


Sweet, silky heat-Beetroot and wasabi houmous


Sweet, silky heat-Beetroot and wasabi houmous

For someone who has typically felt unruffled by change, I am experiencing a lot of it at the moment. I was having a conversation with a loved one, in my head the other day.  I was telling them that I am looking forward to getting up there, in front of an academic group of grown-ups listening to me with notes before them and grit in the heart, sleep in the eyes. Then I told them that my loved one that I couldn’t believe that I just said that. It has been years since I looked forward to any activity of that kind. I am also looking forward to teaching my next three cookery classes. I am going to admit to something I haven’t reflected on in years.


A few years ago a neighbour knocked on my door. She has a sweet smile and very kind eyes, but I was still unsure. I didn’t see Asian ladies of her later years with a boyish grey mop, so when she spoke, very gently, kindly and eloquently it made a bit more sense. I now know that my neighbour is a retired GP and a helpful Christian. I see her on walks delivering eggs and milk to those less mobile than her and I listen to her as she tells me how her grandchildren are developing and how she is particularly fond of, ‘the boy’ as he is so affectionate.


Back then my neighbour asked me if I would teach some cookery on a charitable basis at the Church, on a weekday. I sighed inside and with great guilt I confessed how stretched I was. A full time job, a home that wasn’t yet developed…you know all of the rest. I told her that when I stopped for the baby I would be very glad to. ‘I understand’ she said, glowing in her tiny frame. Smaller than me.


She understood but now I look back I am not sure I do. Now I have less money but more humility. Less time but more love. Less greed and more of a sense of that I am not immortal and more of a drive to make it count. I am not saying that I am a better person now. What I have committed to is some more regular cookery for a charitable purpose alongside the other classes.


Meanwhile my son has gone from an angelic and sparky 2 ¼ year old to something of a teenager. Literally overnight. So, as you can see, it is time to open a new chapter whilst ingesting the sweet heat of my life as it is. On the subject of sweet heat…here is my recipe for beetroot and wasabi hummus or houmous. The beet gives a mellow and easy sweetness, as life should be. The wasabi gives a gentle background heat that pops just at the end of the experience, just like my toddler is offering me right now. Altogether we have some balance and I like to suck it up with lashings of breadsticks. Life. Houmous. Same.

Sweet, silky heat-Beetroot and wasabi houmous




1 can of drained chickpeas


250g cooked beetroot, roughly chopped


1 can kidney beans, drained


¾ cup tahini


2 cloves of garlic, minced or finely chopped


4 tbsp. lemon juice


3 tbsp. ice cold water


Salt to taste


4 heaped tsp. wasabi paste (or more if you like it hotter)


1 ½ tbsp. olive oil




  1. Combine all of the ingredients except the wasabi and olive oil and blitz together in a food processor.
  2. When the ingredients look smooth and silky, add 1 tbsp. olive oil and the wasabi paste and blitz again.
  3. Use a fork to smooth the houmous and remove any lumps of wasabi paste.
  4. Transfer the houmous into a bow and drizzle with a little oil








16 Responses to “Sweet, silky heat-Beetroot and wasabi houmous”

  1. Elaine @ foodbod June 4, 2014 at 6:59 pm #

    Wow! Looks good honey!

    • Deena Kakaya June 4, 2014 at 7:03 pm #

      Thank you Elaine! Coming from the queen of dips, that is flattering x

  2. Anita Menon June 5, 2014 at 7:10 am #

    Hummous looks delicious. I can imagine the kick from wasabi on the roof of my mouth after a taste.
    I am so excited for you that you are getting to teach your passion and spread the love! Way to go!

    • Deena Kakaya June 6, 2014 at 9:26 am #

      Big hugs to you Anita, I love that I met you in this way and I am so happy that things are unfolding for you xx

  3. Joanne June 5, 2014 at 11:25 am #

    The feeling of looking forward to something so intensely is a great one! I love how this is both sweet and spicy!

    • Deena Kakaya June 6, 2014 at 9:26 am #

      Is it? I haven’t looked forward in years. Years! Thank you Joanne, it’s a funny recipe but it’s whacks the spot ;). X

  4. spiceinthecity June 5, 2014 at 12:59 pm #

    I love the color Deena & the wasabi must give it a real kick!

  5. kellie anderson June 6, 2014 at 8:58 am #

    I love beetroot hummus (I do mine without chickpeas so is perhaps not a true hummus!) and so like your addition of wasabi. Very pretty too. Good luck with your classes and with your burgeoning 2 1/2 year-old going on 12! It is good for them have a strong personality I think. Keeps them in good stead when others around him are trying to influence him away from who he is. My own 18 year old is only just starting to get a little stroppy. Late bloomer! She skipped the terrible twos and the horrible 13s but I am now getting a bit of lip just before she goes to uni. Nature’s way of helping us let go of them, I think. That’s a long way from where you are though. Enjoy every stage of his development, even if it gets a bit wearing. We learn to be better people from our own children too. I hope I have at least!

    • Deena Kakaya June 6, 2014 at 9:25 am #

      Hi Kellie, glad you approve of the recipe as it also isn’t really houmous because I used a fair amount of kidney beans 😉

      I really hope that if you are in london any time when the classes are on you’ll come see me in one of the classes and tell me how you think I’m doing and give me hug too! Thank you, as always for your kind words and encouragement

      On the kiddy front- Rachel skipped the tumultuous phases of terrible and confusing behaviour? Wow. To be honest, I am baffled as to how to handle him. He isn’t physical in that he never hits or throws stuff but he uses language very well. Like all mums I blame myself- did I make him too smart? But then he is who he is. But Kellie, the stuff he says…makes me want to go to work. Maybe then, he will appreciate me more. Need to pinch myself…stop myself..,he’s TWO! Xx

      • kellie anderson June 6, 2014 at 9:59 am #

        I found ignoring the things I found annoying worked pretty well and gently praising helpful, kind behaviour and when she made general observations and used kind language. Nothing overboard either way. I tried to be even tempered as best I could. Not always easy with an intelligent and chatty child. The constant ‘why’ was a test but I realised that my Mum had many years ago had said I would be ‘paid back’ with an equal inquisitive child. She was right! I have always drawn the line at bad language though. And please, thank you, sorry and all of those other social emollients are non-negotiable too. Even now. Good luck!

        • Deena Kakaya June 6, 2014 at 9:59 pm #

          Was Rachel always very bright? My boy is using emotional means to get his way. ‘you don’t love me mumma, go away, go to work’ between heavy sobs…’no, go, go!’ yesterday I lay on the bed with him and explained how he grew inside me and I asked if he remembers where his milk came from and he did. I do not know if this is a correct thing to do, but I explained that I do all these things for him, feed him, bathe him, cuddle him, read, take him to the farm, to see the planes, to the park and it upsets me when he says unkind things. He has not said those things so far…not sure what comes next ;0 x

  6. coconutcraze June 8, 2014 at 10:40 pm #

    This is a great recipe! I marvel at the way you look at life and take a break to give back whenever you can! Keep going girl!

    • Deena Kakaya June 8, 2014 at 10:55 pm #

      Hi Sridevi, thanks for your lovely words. Well, I have to say that it’s not always been like this, life is teaching me. Now I hope I can continue to feel grateful without experiencing loss first!


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