Beetroot Sauce

Beetroot Sauce |

(drawing by mom)

Are you those kind of people who love to snack while watching a movie or while working on your PC? If you are, what kind of things do you eat or drink? We sometimes have dried fruits with Turkish tea or cheese and red wine or beer and pistachio, crackers or chips. And we love to try new sauces with chips and crackers and our favorite ingredients in these sauces is strained yogurt, which might be called greek yogurt abroad.

I have heard many times that beetroot is on top of healthy foods. It is said that beetroot protects our body from diabetes and tuberculosis, helps liver work regularly and overcomes anaemia. Some doctors even claim that beetroot juice can be a remedy for cancer. So I’ve decided to have it more often in my kitchen. I’ve been trying to discover some new dishes with beetroot. Some fast food restaurants here have a pink sauce that is taking my attention and I love to have it in sandwiches or on baked potatoes. I’ve learnt that they make it by mixing yogurt and beetroot.

I had been planning to make this sauce for some time until last Friday. We made this pink appetizing dip on Friday and have it with crackers while watching a movie called Soul Kitchen by a famous Turkish director, Fatih Akın. It is an amusing movie about an unlucky man trying to save his restaurant. We enjoyed it a lot and it was also great to have something to eat while watching as there were always people eating and drinking something in that restaurant.

Pancar Sos
–    2 beetroots
–    2 cloves garlic, mashed
–    Fresh dill, chopped
–    ½ cup strained yogurt
–    1 tbsp mayonnaise
–    Salt

Boil the beetroots without peeling. When they are soft enough, take them from fire, wash and peel. You can drink the remaing water in the pot. I squeeze some lemon in it and I loveto drink it when it gets cold enough.

Grate or puree the peeled beetroots.

Mix strained yogurt, mayonnaise, salt and mashed garlic until combined very well. Then add the beetroot and chopped fresh dill. Put it ina bowl and serve it with crackers or chips.

Beetroot Sauce |


  1. says

    I love beets so I know I would love this sauce! The vibrant color is gorgeous, Zerrin!

  2. says

    İ love beets! We make a similar salad, but we also add finely chopped walnuts to it. It makes the salad more delicious. But we add sour cream and mayonnaise instead of yogurt. Yogurt sounds healthier! Thanks for the tip.

  3. OysterCulture says

    I love the sounds of this dish, I bet it is as tasty as it looks, because it is just beautiful!

  4. says

    What an incredibly vivid sauce! I only started to appreciate the flavor of beets this past summer when I finally used them in some recipes – now, I really enjoy their earthy sweetness.

    For all the wonderful health benefits of beets, having this might make me feel less guilty about snacking on chips and crackers! 😎

  5. says

    I would love this beetroot sauce! Similar flavors to the beet mayo salad I make :) Still can’t convert my family to like the beets though :(

  6. says

    First of all let me tell you that I love Turkish movies and I am going to see if I can watch this Soul Kitchen movie by Fateh Akin. I watch Turkish soaps from time to time, in any case, I want to see that movie!
    OK, I love beets in any combination and this one is right up my alley!

  7. says

    Yes I love to snack while on the computer – in fact, doing it now with some chips but how I wish I had that beautiful beetroot dip instead!

  8. says

    I just wanted to say that I just finished watching ” the edge of heaven” by Fatih Akin and loved it!!!! I am going to order all the rest of his movies, can’t wait! Love Istanbul, love Turkey, Turkish music, language, everything!

  9. says

    That picture is just gorgeous, such bright colors. My grandfather used to love beets, I bet he would have loved this dip.

  10. says

    That looks and sounds delish – will be trying it for my BBQ this weekend!

    Great work – Many thanks!

  11. says

    I am one of those people who likes a snack just about any time! And this looks like one I’d enjoy all the time! It looks delicious.

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