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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.

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Caramelised Onion & Cocoa 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
Servings: 4
Author: Choclette


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


  • 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.
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  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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