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Caramelised Onion and Cocoa Yogurt Dip

Yogurt Dip

It’s not only National Vegetarian Week, but it’s National Yogurt Week too. Being both vegetarian and passionate about yogurt, I couldn’t let this go without a post. Nayna over at simply food recently mentioned making a caramelised onion and yogurt dip at an event. I was immediately struck by this excellent idea and thought I’d try and create my own version – with a chocolate twist, of course.

Middle Eastern food is fabulous for vegetarians and with my Egyptian connections I am particularly fond of it. I’d been planning on having a mezze type meal for a while and this yogurt experiment seemed like the perfect time to do it. I made tabbouleh, roasted vegetables with sumac and halloumi and served with flatbreads. Like love and marriage, the yogurt dip was a fitting companion. The sweet onions together with the sour and creamy yogurt combined well with the umami notes from the paprika and chocolate. I can see this becoming a regular visitor to our table.

The top photograph was my entry to the Yogurt Council’s Food Stylist Competition where our very own Karen from Lavender and Lovage is one of the judges. I don’t hold out much hope, but thought I’d give it a go.

Caramelised Onion & Cocoa Yogurt Dip
Serves 4
Yogurt mixed with caramelised onions and chocolate for extra depth and flavour. Simple and quick to prepare, it makes a perfect dip for any occasion or a dish for a Middle Eastern mezze style meal.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 large onion
  2. 1-2 cloves garlic
  3. 250g Greek yogurt
  4. a couple of good gratings 100% chocolate
  5. ½ tsp paprika
  6. a good pinch sea salt
  7. 1-2 tbsp olive oil
Instructions
  1. Slice the onion finely and fry very gently in a frying pan over low heat with the olive oil and salt for twenty minutes or so. Add some finely chopped garlic after about 10 minutes. Stir occasionally and remove from the heat when the onion is caramelised with crispy bits. Allow to cool.
  2. Stir most of the onions (with any remaining oil) into the yogurt together with the paprika and one grating of chocolate.
  3. Scatter the remaining onions over the top together with the second grating of chocolate.
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    Madeleine Morrow
    21st May 2014

    I often make mezze meals especially in the warmer months so this is a really creative addition. I would never have thought of mixing yoghurt with chocolate but will give this one a try.

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      Choclette
      21st May 2014

      Thanks Madeleine. It’s the caramelised onions that make this dish, but the chocolate adds an additional something which does make it extra pleasing.

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    manu
    21st May 2014

    I love onions cooked this way!
    I bet the combo onion + cocoa yogurt dip is made in heaven.
    Thank you for sharing

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      Choclette
      21st May 2014

      Thanks Manu. I rarely have the patience to cook the onions slowly and for long enough, but it is worth it and I should do it more often.

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      Choclette
      22nd May 2014

      Thanks Nayna, I doubt I would have thought of this if I hadn’t seen your blog.

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    Deena Kakaya
    21st May 2014

    How utterly clever and balanced this recipe is! Wonderful and it makes total sense that the sweet onion, lightly sour yoghurt and bitter sweet chocolate should be totally in balance. I need to try this one x

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      Choclette
      22nd May 2014

      Thank you Deena – would love to know what you think if you do try it.

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    Elizabeth
    22nd May 2014

    I absolutely LOVE caramelised onions. I can never get enough of them, and to put them in a dip with yogurt…..mmmmm yum! Oh yes please!!

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    Angie Schneider
    23rd May 2014

    I have never tried the combo of caramelised onion and chocolate though I love both. I am really intrigued with the taste.

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      Choclette
      25th May 2014

      It was a new one on me until I made this Angie. I sort of thought it would work and luckily it did.

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    The Caked Crusader
    25th May 2014

    As I read the title the ‘and cocoa’ bit brought me up with a start! Cannot imagine what this would taste like but I’d love to try it!

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      Choclette
      25th May 2014

      The great thing about chocolate is that it works well with both sweet and savoury – mostly 😉

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    Nadia
    30th June 2015

    Interesting combination! I included a link to this recipe in my latest blog post ‘basic hummus recipe’ 🙂 x

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      Choclette
      30th June 2015

      Thanks Nadia, that’s very kind. And thanks for reminding me about it. It was really good and I must make it again 🙂

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