Thursday, March 11, 2010

Sambal Dip

This yummy dip was one of HiHo's favorites. I made it last night for a potluck/bonfire we hosted. I have fond memories of the funny way she would enthusiastically say it's name when she made it, knowing it would always make me smile. It is full of vegetables so it is very healthy, and ever so slightly spicy with an Indian touch, but is not to be confused with the Malaysian Sambal. A keeper for sure, I typically double this recipe.

1 one-quarter inch slice medium size onion
1 clove garlic
2 stalks celery
1/2 large cucumber, seeded
1/2 green pepper, seeded
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
1/8 teaspoon chili powder
1/8 teaspoon crushed cumin seed
1 Tablespoon tomato paste
1 cup sour cream (and fat is fine)
fresh minced coriander/cilantro

  1. Grind the onion, garlic, celery, cucumber, and green pepper in a blender/food processor, using the finest knife.
  2. Turn into a sieve over bowl and press out the juice. The juice can be saved and drunk, or added to soup, stews, or sauces.
  3. Put vegetable mix into a medium bowl and sprinkle spices over and mix.
  4. Blend in the tomato paste.
  5. Add the sour cream and stir until mixed.
  6. Chill until ready to serve.
  7. Use as a dip for crackers, bread cubes, or fresh vegetable crudite.

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