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river cottage carrot hummus (vegan)

Quick and simple River Cottage carrot hummus, a tasty dip and delicious addition to any lunch plate or meze platter.

In the second of our blog posts following our recent trip to River Cottage HQ in East Devon we’re going to focus on the food. We wanted to share with you what we cooked, and ate on the day itself. [For our first blog post click here: River Cottage HQ].

Coming back in from our tour of the garden we set to work with our Chef/Trainer for the day Connor. Each new recipe was demonstrated by Connor, with questions encouraged throughout.  After that it was back to our work stations to try out each of the recipes for ourselves. Connor was both knowledgeable and helpful, we learned some great tips during the day.

One such tip – grate a tomato straight into the pan for your tomato sauce, leaving the skin in your hand. Who would have thought something so simple would add such speed to a dish! No more submerging tomatoes in boiling water for me, there really is more than one way to skin a tomato! A further revelation was how little you need to make a vegetable stock using our vegetable scraps, along with herbs from the garden. Also it’s worth mentioning not to add onion skin as it colours the stock and adds a bitterness you don’t want.


River Cottage had some gherkins ready so as an extra that day we also made pickles. Connor encouraged us to go into the garden and forage for aromatics and flavourings for our pickle. I opted for lemon verbena, garlic chive flowers and nasturtium seed pods which have a lovely peppery taste (who knew!). Michelle went for a different set of flavours so we could enjoy a little taste comparison later.

The staff warned us all right up front not to be too greedy too quickly, advice we were glad we paid heed to as we ate lots! We enjoyed eating everything we made, however most noteworthy was the carrot hummus, simply beautiful to eat warm. Also our entire work station loved the hot sweetcorn salsa! However, the aubergine curry was a real hit, we both love aubergine. This recipe was quick to make and packed full of flavour, ready in 20 minutes. Here’s a few photographs of what we cooked:

lunch 1: carrot hummus, french beans with tomatoes, sweetcorn with chilli & coriander

lunch 2: vegetable broth with summer cabbage & tomatoes

lunch 3: aubergine & green bean curry

To end our day of cooking, Connor made us some River Cottage Watermint sorbet – a perfect palate cleanser after the spicy curry. Connor then went on to point out that not only had we cooked vegetarian that day but in fact the entire day was Vegan. Now it’s fair to say that neither of us are going to be giving up meat any time soon! That said, it did highlight how easy it is to take good seasonal produce and cook meat and dairy free.

close up shot of carrot hummus in a green bowl sprinkled with toasted seeds

A recipe to share:

Since coming home I no longer look at my vegetables in quite the same way. With a little thought and attention you can produce a lovely plate of food, with very little. I’ve taken vegetable scraps and filled my freezer with lovely vegetable stock. I’ve used techniques learned on the day to rethink our own recipes. We’ve decided to share the recipe for carrot hummus, not our recipe but definitely one we will be making again.

To pin this recipe:

carrot hummus with vegetable sticks collage for Pinterest

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For more recipes read my Easy Mezze Platter Ideas post.

close up of a bowl of carrot hummus with spoons and a bowl of olives just peaking in the corner

River Cottage: Carrot Hummus

Quick and simple carrot hummus, a tasty dip and delicious addition to any lunch plate or meze platter.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 268kcal


  • 2 medium carrots (sliced)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 6 tbsp olive oil (you can substitute rapeseed oil)
  • 2-3 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 3 tbsp tahini
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • salt & pepper


  • Pre-heat the oven to 160CFan. Slice the carrots and using a little oil saute the carrots in an oven-roof saucepan. After 5 minutes cover the carrots with a little water until just level with the top of the carrots and place in the oven for an hour.
  • Allow the carrots to cool slightly then add all remaining ingredients to the pan and blitz together using a stick blender, season to taste. Adjust other flavourings as your see fit. Delicious served warm.


This recipe would also work well with other vegetables like butternut squash or with pulses like butter beans. You could just as easily use leftover roasted vegetables.
Nutrition Facts
River Cottage: Carrot Hummus
Amount Per Serving
Calories 268 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Sodium 26mg1%
Potassium 158mg5%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 5095IU102%
Vitamin C 2.7mg3%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

• Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only •

Course : Canape, Starter, Side
Cuisine : British
Keyword : Easy, Meze, Simple, vegan, vegetarian
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5 from 5 votes (4 ratings without comment)

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Wednesday 6th of May 2020

Yummy, and using this as a sauce for Pasta this evening...

Thank you for sharing such a wonderful recipe. I will be adding Italian herbs to this sauce....



Wednesday 6th of May 2020

Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Italian herbs would be a lovely addition.

5 from 5 votes (4 ratings without comment)