Monday, September 24, 2012

Egyptian Beetroot Dip. A.k.a Yogurtlu Pancar Mezesi

Deeply dippy © Cookaroo
I wish my weekends weren't this crazy. I wish I could turn my phone off and sleep, watch tv and mess around at home. Because by the time I know it, it's Monday again.

So I tumble in to work, all bleary-eyed and sleep deprived. Cursing myself for drinking Diet Coke yesterday, because the caffeine in it just doesn't let me sleep. I don't know how many sleepless nights I need to spend before I can call it quits with this cursed drink.

Caffiene and I are just not friends. If I drink cold coffee, I need to make sure I drink it before 4 pm. Anything later means I am up all night. A couple of sips from someone's coffee mug, gets my heart racing and  I am tired and wired at the same time (that's really the worst feeling). And Diet Coke at night? I might as well get up and do some housework - scrub the floors and wash the dishes - anything to tire myself out just so that I get some sleep.

Very often, I wonder what helps me fall asleep at night. Ofcourse there are days I am exhausted and I out before I touch the pillow. But on caffiene-laden days I need something more. Warm water with cinnamon works for me sometimes. Thoughts of redecorating help too. But lately, I think of all the photographs I need to take and sure enough I am able to catch some zzzs.

Take for example last night. We ate this dip - the Pancar Mezesi - or the Egyptian beetroot dip, along with some babaganoush, hummus and some lebanese roast chicken for dinner last night. And all night I dreamt of how I'd be able to photograph it and all the props I'd need.

Pinked! © Cookaroo
When I woke up in the morning, I went in search of the bowls and took the pains to sort the flat lavash out against the puffed ones for the photograph. And as it happened, since the idea was already in my head, it took me less than 20 minutes to figure this photograph out. (Thank god for the caffeine then huh?)

Anyhoo, I have got to tell you I loved this dip. No, scratch that, we loved this dip. My brother-in-law who's a bit icky poo about vegetables such as pumpkin and beetroot, really enjoyed it too. I ate this for breakfast and have carried it to snack on at tea.

Really simple, really easy, this dip also lasts for a few days in the fridge, so you can totally make it and forget about it. There's a lovely sweetness that the beets bring to it and if you're like me, and oven roast it, it intensifies the flavours as well. The yogurt adds the tang and the garlic a bit of sharpness. It taste awesome with some crackers or even slathered on a piece of baguette.

I made this with 6 beets, but my recipe is for just half. Because you know, people can be a little apprehensive about beetroot. I've adapted this dip from my friend Prachi from Orange Kitchens

Blitzed © Cookaroo

I am also sending this to September's Bookmarked recipes which is hosted by Jacqueline of Tinned Tomatoes which was started by Ruth of Ruth's Kitchen Experiment

16 comments:

  1. Oh boy...that caffeine again! Me too Cookaroo, me too! If the icky poo veggie BIL loved it, then the icky poo men in my house might give this a high five too. Love it!! Bookmarked Recipes? Gosh...I was part of this years ago, and am so glad to know it's still going strong {so what if I am ancient!}

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    1. :) you ain't ancient, you trendsetter. Haan just don't tell them until they've tasted it, that's the trick :)

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  2. Loving the pictures and the recipe in a picture too. Of course the recipe as well. I am all for cooked beets, anytime :-)
    No raw beets for me :(

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    1. I like beets either way. And there's another amazing dip you's love - roasted beet and feta. And thank you :)

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  3. Caffine I love it but its a pain in the butt. This dip is yum. better than adding curds to it.

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    1. hahaha, worse when u can't sleep. This is a really good dip full of anti oxidants

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  4. It is sad that you have a problem with caffeine...I am lucky though, I can drink a cup of coffee and fall asleep soon after :-).

    Lovely dip, will try it soon.

    Aparna

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  5. I have the same problem with caffeine! Actually I've been caffeine free since 2003 :) seriously not a drop of coffee or diet coke or normal coke or whathaveyou in my blood. You can do it too sweet Cookaroo :) I am so bookmarking your dip to make it for Bookmarked recipes...this is such a viscous circle the bookmarks never end....

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  6. looks sooo pretty! what is beetroot called in hindi? as in if I have my sabzi wala for it?

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  7. so amazing !! the pics make it better as well, love your choice of font as well for the recipe .. makin a note of this recipe, worth trying acc to me :D

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  8. Caffine has absolutely NO EEFFECt on me.. I can drink it anytime and sleep on time :)))
    In my house only me likes this dip.. had made something similar,only me ate it.. well its their loss right??

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  9. very nice pic.. nice and new recipe

    Great-secret-of-life.blogspot.com

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  10. My first comment (said out loud) when I saw the dip was "OH MY!". Just look at it. I desperately wanted to try it as soon as I saw it. Oh to be able to reach into the computer screen.

    Thanks for entering it into Bookmarked Recipes. I am writing it just now and it will be up sometime this afternoon. It is taking me some time as I keep getting distracted when I visit each blog :)

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  11. Oh and I love the photos! Gorgeous!

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  12. Love the pinked caption! And, please give me the recipe for the lavash and lebanese roasted chicken!

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