Christmas coloured nibbles-balsamic, garlic and chilli roasted tomatoes and soybean and red onion dip

9 Dec

Christmas coloured nibbles-balsamic, garlic and chilli roasted tomatoes and soybean and red onion dip

It’s red and green…Christmassy…get it? Alright, alright I know. It’s not exactly the whackiest idea for colours but it does look festive and it is fun.

I’ve been recipe testing for a few submissions recently and the over day my husband said, ‘I’m tired of eating new things every day, I just want something simple’. My first reaction was to laugh, who gets tired of eating new stuff? My laughter then turned to a, ‘wait a minute, that’s so get fed well’.
I then explained to him how many of our friends and family don’t cook, or will rustle up a jacket spud. How rude!

But then I thought, he has a point. Sometimes unfussy, simple, clear and punchy flavours just feel good. Like a good plate or pasta, or a deep and earthy soup, maybe a bowl of steaming hot khichdi. All simple, but beautiful dishes.

During Christmas my family seems to graze through the day. We have one meal, the late lunch and then the rest of the day is filled with grazing, munching, nibbling and picking. There are only so many crisps anyone can eat so here a fabulous and festive coloured option. The tomatoes take on an intensely deep and sweet flavour when roasted and the garlic really comes through with a kick of chilli at the end. The dip left my husband in sigh’s of ‘mmm’s and he’s polished off the entire bowl of dip! I have to say that this nutty dip is really very good. The handy thing with this recipe is that it’s great warm or cold. I served with warm pitta and some smoked cheese.

Ingredients for 4 people

For the tomatoes ;

8 large red tomatoes
3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
3tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp chilli flakes
Salt to taste

For the dip;

400g soybeans
1 cup plain and natural yoghurt
One red onion, finely diced
25g coriander, finely chopped
Salt to taste
Juice of one lime
1 clove of garlic
A handful of shredded basil.

1. Wash and dry the tomatoes. Half the tomatoes.
2. Lay a large sheet of baking paper and smear across the oil, balsamic, garlic, salt and chilli flakes. image
3. Lay the tomatoes, open side downwards onto the baking tray and roast then at 160degrees for 45minutes.
4. When the tomatoes are warm but not too hot to handle, turn the, over and sprinkle with the basil.
5. To make the dip, boil the beans for 3-4 minutes and them drain them. Blitz them together with the yoghurt, salt, chilli, lime juice and coriander with half the diced onion. When it turns to a coarse paste, fold in the rest of the onion. image

Serve with warm pitta.

12 Responses to “Christmas coloured nibbles-balsamic, garlic and chilli roasted tomatoes and soybean and red onion dip”

  1. The Veggie Green December 9, 2013 at 10:20 pm #

    Hi, I love this Deena! 🙂

    • Deena Kakaya December 9, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

      Hi! Great yo hear from you. We loved it too, simple and beautiful. Xx

  2. thegoodfoodtheory December 10, 2013 at 10:48 am #

    Looks and sounds delicious:)

    • Deena Kakaya December 10, 2013 at 10:52 am #

      The simple things in life are often the best eh? X

      • thegoodfoodtheory December 10, 2013 at 11:14 am #

        Most definitely! A crisp apple, a ripe mango…I could go on and on… 🙂

  3. Joanne December 10, 2013 at 11:45 am #

    Ooo that dip does sound good!! Sometimes simple is the way to go!

    • Deena Kakaya December 10, 2013 at 11:54 am #

      Hi Joanne, you know what, the dip was pretty darn good! The soybeans took on a whole new character. Thanks for stopping by xx

  4. Deb December 10, 2013 at 4:59 pm #

    Simple and yet bursting with flavor is just what we need to be preparing during the holidays!

    • Deena Kakaya December 10, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

      Hello lovely Deb, great to hear from you. You well? Yes, and I love the colours in this one too! Xx

  5. HELEN December 11, 2013 at 5:14 pm #

    ooh those tomatoes look lovely, I could eat all of that now!

    • Deena Kakaya December 11, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

      Hello Helen,great to hear from you…I know they are so deep in flavour, sometimes the simple things really are the loveliest xx


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