My Spicy Greek & Indian Style Pinto Bean Dip

Well, well, this recipe was made in part as a form of experiment.  I am often torn between my taste for Indian food, and my Greek blood origins, so here I decided to try and marry the two.   And, it worked.  Who would have thought pinto beans would taste so delicious in this way.  If you are one for spicy food, then you will surely love this.   Do remember that how high you put the heat up is entirely up to you. Serve as a dip with oatcakes, or part of an Indian meal with puppodums and your favourite curry.  This mixture is also very delightful as a sandwich, or better still, a ciapatta filling with lettuce, cucumber and thinly sliced tomatoes.


  • 1 tin of pinto beans (400grms with water, 265 without water), washed and drained
  • 8/10 fresh mint leaves  (fresh coriander may be used in its place)
  • 4 large garlic cloves fresh and chopped
  • the juice of  1 fresh lemon
  • 1 dessert spoon of cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp of Tahini
  • ½  tsp ground cardamon
  • ½ tsp chilli seeds
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • salt to taste
  • 3 tbsps flax seed oil


Place the garlic and mint in a food processor, and process until finely chopped.  Then add the chilli seeds and pinto beans, and process until smooth.  Next, add the remaining ingredients and continue to blend for a minute or so until all the ingredients make up a nice thick paste/consistency.  Place in a bowl, sprinkle some crushed cardamon on the top and drizzle a little bit of olive oil.  Now cover and refrigerate.

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  1. Andrea Pellegrini

    What a chameleon! I eat it with everything.
    Shared with friends in the evening with tortillas and a few bottles of wine, they loved it!

  2. Am glad that you tried this and loved it. I haven’t given it the extra Spanish touch with Tortillas, but I will next time – Greek, Indian and Spanish, why not?! It’s all about having fun.

  3. This was very good! I really enjoyed the pinto beans for a change from chickpeas for a dip! My favorite recipes are growing in number with name “Miriam Sorrell” on the recipe!!

  4. Thanks so much Rose, the pinto beans make a difference as do the spices that give it an interesting taste – the texture is similar to hummus, but the taste is rather interesting ! Thanks for your wonderful compliments Rose – look forward to your future comments !

  5. Hello,

    Is cider vinegar the same thing as apple cider vinegar? I hope so because that is what I have! I’m also wondering if ground flax seeds, with maybe some olive oil blended would work instead of flax seed oil? I try to be as frugal as possible when I cook, and use what I have. If I do try it this way, I’ll let you know how it turns out!

  6. Hi there Sara – I tend to think so. Here is a link that explains the process etc. Hope this helps.

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  8. Hi there Randall beans and thanks for the recipe link to my Spicy Greek and Indian Style Pinto Bean Dip !

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  10. Hi, I can’t see a recipe of mine on your page, nor a Pingback – best, MWV.

  11. I’ve just made this one and I hope it gets to the function! I keep having ‘just a taste’ 🙂

  12. Hi Linda – You mean you hope some of it will be left to take to the function – enough said, but will there be enough ! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  13. I made this dip from the cookbook. It turned out fantastic! It’s very tasty and very easy. Thank you!

  14. So very glad you enjoyed this Jess ! 🙂 Thanks for purchasing my book – if you haven’t already and like my book, could I ask you to leave an amazon customer review for me, I would be so grateful if so.

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