Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Dipping Sauces

You will not go wrong with these dipping sauces. They are amazing. I got them from a chef a long time ago, and then tweaked them a lot - and this is the current recipe.

Delicious Dipping Sauce #1: Peanut Red Chilli (spicy and sweet)

2 Scallions, chopped fine
1/2 cup Hot Water
4-5 Dried Red Chillies, chopped extra fine
1/2 cup Chunky Peanut Butter (you could use Smooth, if you prefer)
3 tbsp Soy Sauce (lite)
3 tbsp Brown Sugar
3 tbsp White Vinegar
3 Garlic Cloves, chopped fine

Heat a tsp of oil in a saucepan. Add the scallions and garlic and saute for a minute.
Add the rest of the ingredients and bring it to a simmer. Continue to simmer until well combined and smooth. Remove from heat, and allow it to cool to room temperature. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.

This tastes great as a satay dipping sauce or even a marinade for barbequed veggies and meat. And fabulous spread on toast!

Delicious Dipping Sauce #2: Chilli Pepper-Soy (Asian Flavors with a kick)

2 tbsp Soy Sauce
2 red Chilli Peppers, chopped fine
1 tbsp White Vinegar
3 cloves Garlic, chopped fine
2 tbsp Lemon Juice
1 tbsp Sugar
2-3 Spring Onions, chopped fine
2-3 sprigs Cilantro, chopped fine

Combine all the ingredients with a whisk.
This is great with spring rolls, fried rice and as a sauce over sauteed veggies.

This goes to Dee for AFAM:Raspberries - where chillies wormed their way in (since they are classified as berries by Wiki!).

This is Day 4 of the Recipe Marathon, folks. I'm still up and (wheeze!) running! Here's how everyone else is doing:
Valli made this traditional dish - I might need her to translate that for me. It looks really lovely.
Swati made a pumpkin curry. Siri made a great vegetarian Moroccan Spaghetti. And thanks to Lakshmi we finally know how to make curd/yogurt. DK made a great looking Banana Cardamom Bread. And let's not forget the dosas - Ranji made Methi Dosa and Raaga made a Vegetable Dosa. And Bhags made a lucky Moroccan couscous.


Dee said...

Love the sauces arundathi.. thanks for participating!!

Siri said...

Great going Arundathi...and both the sauces look yummy and are so different..now go and sleep gurl ..:) sweet dreams!


ranji said...

oh wow!!the dips looks delcious!!second one will go gr8 with dumplings...thanks for sharing..

Cham said...

Oh oh all India entry are fiery! Lovely recipe to share, cannot wait to give a try...

Uma said...

thanks for the spicy sauces, arundathi! they look lovely.

Jamie said...

The sauces look great! The second one looks especially tempting although it looks super spicy. Let's see if I can take it! :)

Hetal said...

Wow,can't wait to try these dips!!

Maheswari said...

Loved the color of those spicy sauces, can't wait to try these.Nice entry for AFAM.

sowmya said...

lovely sauces..nice recipes..thanks for sharing

Rachel said...

Fiery sauces and a lovely entry for the events...

Great going arundathi

notyet100 said...

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Srivalli said...

Anu...both look so lovely man!...I am sure you must've enjoyed these like anything...and hehehe..nice one for afam!...love it..:)

abt my post..even I am not sure of the english name, could be called indian gourd!

bhags said...

nice looking dips and i ma sure going to make them soon.....

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delhibelle said...

The dips look yummy and different:)

Swati Raman Garg said...

yummy looking dips aru.. too good..

Arundathi said...

Dee - Thanks!

@ Siri - LOL - it was a long time before I went to sleep, but thanks!

@ Ranji - Yes, dumplings up next - it is delicious with dimsum too

@ Cham - Yup - we're trying to stay in line with the summer heat! lol!

@ Uma - Thanks!

@ Jamie - It's really not that spicy - just tastes chunky soy sauce with a little kick.

@ Hetal - Let me know how it turns out

@ Maheshwari - Thanks!

@ Sowmya - Thank you

@ Rachel - Whew thanks! 10 days to go!

@ Notyet - Going over as soon as I finish this comment! Thanks!

@ Valli - Indian gourd sounds so general...hmm i'll do some research too. yeah - i love these sauces.

@ Bhags - let me know how it turns out

@ Umm.... huh?

@ Delhibelle - thanks

@ Swati - thanks dear! waiting to see what you make today!

Mansi Desai said...

Hahhahaha - chillies are "berries"?? the sauces look great gal, but this piece of info was the most fascinating!!:)D

Arundathi said...

yeah that was really an eye-opener!

Pearlsofeast said...

Arundathi , I was looking for some dipping sauce recipes, These are amazing . I love the reddish colour, will try them soon.
Thanks dear.

Arundathi said...

Glad you liked it Pearls! :)