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Caramelised Onion and Yogurt Dip with Chocolate

Caramelised Onion & Yogurt Dip.

Yogurt mixed with caramelised onions, smoked paprika and a little chocolate for extra depth and flavour. This caramelised onion and yogurt dip is simple and quick to prepare. It also makes a perfect dip for any occasion or a dish to accompany a Middle Eastern mezze style meal.

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.

Caramelised Onion and Yoghurt Dip

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 it all with flatbreads.

Like love and marriage, the caramelised onion and 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.

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Caramelised Onion and Yogurt Dip

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.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dips, Spreads & Sauces, Starter
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: chocolate, dip, onions, quick, simple, yoghurt
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 96kcal
Author: Choclette


  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion
  • a good pinch sea salt
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 250 g Greek yogurt
  • a couple of good gratings 100% chocolate I used Willie's Cacao
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika


  • 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.
  • Stir most of the onions (with any remaining oil) into the yogurt together with the paprika and one grating of chocolate.
  • Scatter the remaining onions over the top together with the second grating of chocolate.


Feel free to leave out the chocolate element if you wish, but it does give additional depth to the flavour and a note of luxury too.
Please note: calories and other nutritional information are per serving. They're approximate and will depend on serving size and exact ingredients used.


Calories: 96kcal | Carbohydrates: 6.8g | Protein: 6.9g | Fat: 4.9g | Saturated Fat: 1.5g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 36mg | Potassium: 161mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4.2g | Calcium: 75mg


This photograph was the original one taken for this post. It 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 didn’t hold out much hope and given that it’s out of focus, I guess it’s no surprise I didn’t get anywhere. It’s a shame because I really like the composition.

Caramelised Onion Yogurt Dip


  1. Louise Smith

    21st May 2014 at 9:05 am

    Just ‘Mmm’. I really should stop reading your posts as they make me so hungry!!!

    Louise x

    • Choclette

      21st May 2014 at 10:19 am

      Haha, Louise, that’s what I like to hear. Thank you 😉

  2. Madeleine Morrow

    21st May 2014 at 9:40 am

    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.

    • Choclette

      21st May 2014 at 10:34 am

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

  3. Latoyah Egerton

    21st May 2014 at 10:02 am

    OMG this looks so so so tasty! You have made me hungry now 🙁

    • Choclette

      21st May 2014 at 10:35 am

      Thanks Latoyah – I try 😉

  4. manu

    21st May 2014 at 2:00 pm

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

    • Choclette

      21st May 2014 at 3:12 pm

      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.

  5. Nayna Kanabar

    21st May 2014 at 9:06 pm

    This looks really delicious and tasty.I ma glad you got inspiration from my post.

    • Choclette

      22nd May 2014 at 7:03 am

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

  6. Nicol

    21st May 2014 at 11:03 pm

    great recipe! i love caramelised onion 😀

    • Choclette

      22nd May 2014 at 7:04 am

      Thanks Nicol, I made some more caramelised onion last night.

  7. Deena Kakaya

    21st May 2014 at 11:33 pm

    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

    • Choclette

      22nd May 2014 at 7:05 am

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

  8. Elizabeth

    22nd May 2014 at 8:29 am

    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!!

    • Choclette

      22nd May 2014 at 10:00 am

      Thanks Elizabeth – it’s such a simple idea, but so effective.

  9. Kate Hackworthy

    22nd May 2014 at 7:35 pm

    What an amazing unusual twist. I HAVE to try it!

    • Choclette

      23rd May 2014 at 8:13 am

      Thanks Kate, it’s a good one. Let me know what you think.

  10. Janelle Shank

    22nd May 2014 at 9:57 pm

    i love your combo of flavors!

  11. Michaela Kenkel

    23rd May 2014 at 3:06 am

    Such an interesting combination of flavors!!

  12. Angie Schneider

    23rd May 2014 at 8:16 am

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

    • Choclette

      25th May 2014 at 12:18 pm

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

  13. belleau kitchen

    25th May 2014 at 7:32 am

    So intrigued by this. It sounds interesting but I’m not convinced. Come make it for me!!

  14. The Caked Crusader

    25th May 2014 at 10:35 am

    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!

    • Choclette

      25th May 2014 at 12:21 pm

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

  15. Jennifer Ferris

    27th May 2014 at 6:41 pm

    This looks wonderful! I may have to give it a try very soon!

    • Choclette

      28th May 2014 at 10:32 am

      Thank Jennifer, it is pretty good I reckon.

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  17. Nadia

    30th June 2015 at 12:44 am

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

    • Choclette

      30th June 2015 at 10:05 am

      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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  19. Emma

    27th November 2019 at 4:08 pm

    Chocolate?! Well I wasn’t expecting that in the ingredients list! But this sounds delicious. Adding it to my usual spread when we do mezze (or picky bits as well call it…) for dinner!

    • Choclette

      27th November 2019 at 5:50 pm

      Hahaha, I like your “picky bits”. Describes it perfectly. Love this sort of food where you can try a range of things in the same meal.

  20. Corina Blum

    27th November 2019 at 4:13 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious and would be absolutely perfect for the kind of lunches we often have at the weekend. I love to prepare mezze style so it’s easier to find things that everyone will eat without too much pressure!

    • Choclette

      27th November 2019 at 5:51 pm

      Oh yes, Mezze must be a perfect meal for kids. What a good idea. Who needs loads of pressure at meal times, especially the weekends.

  21. Michelle Rolfe

    27th November 2019 at 8:19 pm

    I do love caramelised onions! I bet the 100% chocolate adds a great depth. I often use in savoury dishes with a Mexican influence so will have to try. We often have a Meze style dinner when we have an evening to relax. Thanks for including our galette. Michelle x

    • Choclette

      27th November 2019 at 8:51 pm

      Your galette sounds fabulous and I’m keen to try it. Love mezze type meals – a little taster of lots of thing is my absolute favourite.

  22. Sylvie

    27th November 2019 at 10:16 pm

    Middle Eastern Food is probably one of my favourite ever and this dip looks absolutely delicious! I loooove that you added chocolate to it; I must say I have never tried chocolate in savoury dishes but I so want to try now!

    • Choclette

      28th November 2019 at 7:45 am

      I’m with you there. Middle Eastern food is definitely one of my favourites. I have several savoury chocolate recipes on the blog. It adds extra depth and richness to some dishes that really benefit from it.

  23. Jo Allison

    28th November 2019 at 9:59 am

    This dip sounds so so good. You simply cannot beat slowly caramelised onions which become tastier and sweeter the longer you let them be in the pan. We do enjoy maze style eating as it’s so much easier with the kids and for everybody to help themselves to what they like. I will be adding your dip to my repertoire now.

    • Choclette

      28th November 2019 at 6:01 pm

      Thanks Jo. Caramelised onions and creamy yoghurt pair extremely well. Chuck in a bit of paprika and chocolate and you’ve got a wow accompaniment without having to make too much effort. That’s assuming you don’t mind slicing onions of course.


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