Peanut, tofu and roasted garlic dip/spread

by Sunita on March 18, 2009

Hurray!! We’re still enjoying glorious sunshine…that makes it the third day in  a row, and the streak is supposed to contiunue till the end of the week.

I’m probably a bit sun-struck today and am experiencing what is known as ”writer’s block”!!

So, without mincing words, not that I have many today, let’s go straight to today’s recipe. It is a peanut, tofu and roasted garlic dip/spread.

It is made somewhat like hummus, but with a different combination. It’s very easy to make, and is full of flavours, with a slight heat which can be adjusted according to preference. The peanuts and the tofu blend together beautifully to give it a creamy consistency.

What’s needed-

1C skinned, roasted and salted peanuts
349 (1 block) of firm silken tofu
5-6 cloves of garlic
3-4 tblsp of lemon juice
1 tsp crushed red chillies ( or as per taste),
1 tsp olive oil

For garnish-

a little crushed red chillies

How to-

  1. Pre heat the oven at 220 deg C.
  2. Place the cloves of garlic in a piece of foil and drizzle a little olive oil over them. Bring together the edges of the foil to form a pouch. Transfer the pouch to a baking tray, and place it in the top rack of the pre heated oven for about 15 minutes.
  3. In a food processor, place all the rest of the ingredients. Peel the garlic and add the softened cloves to the food processor.
  4. Grind everything together. You can make it completely smooth, but I prefer to leave a little bite to them.
  5. Remove the contents to a serving bowl, sprinkle the crushed red chillies and serve with vegetable sticks/pita bread/tortilla chips etc.

We had ours with some tortilla chips.


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{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Happy Cook March 18, 2009 at 3:24 pm

Yeah we too have gorgeous sunshine today and it really feels good to have a real sunny day.
Dip looks so yumm; I must admit my dipps are really unhealthy ones.
I once made tofu and didn’t like the dish.
I should try them again.


2 Sunita March 19, 2009 at 5:10 pm

Thanks HC. The tofu in this dish blends beautifully, and it is the peanuts that stand out :-)


3 Poornima March 18, 2009 at 5:24 pm

That sounds really flavorful and delicious…Lovely pics.


4 Sunita March 19, 2009 at 5:21 pm

Thanks Poornima :-)


5 Asha March 18, 2009 at 6:07 pm

Flowers and blossoms everywhere here too, getting warmer and warmer! Soon, I will be whining about sun and heat and all! Enjoy the Sunshine there! :)

Dip looks yummy, Tofu can be camouflaged with peanut, which I prefer and very nutritious too. Photos are gorgeous.


6 Sunita March 19, 2009 at 5:22 pm

Yes, it’s nice when the sun shines :-)

As for the dip, yes, the peanuts do stand out :-)


7 snooky doodle March 18, 2009 at 8:05 pm

the flavours of this dip mudt be unique and so good. I ve never tried tofu. I m curious about its taste :)


8 Sunita March 19, 2009 at 5:29 pm

You’ve got to try it to know…be sure to check out the types though, some , like the one I used, are very soft ( silken tofu) and will crumble in your hand; the regular tofu holds it’s shape and can be used in stir fries etc.


9 CurryLeaf March 18, 2009 at 8:38 pm

Love the dip.never tried the combo.The pics are amazing as usual.


10 Sunita March 19, 2009 at 5:29 pm

Thanks CL :-)


11 SuperChef March 18, 2009 at 9:10 pm

i can already imagine the flavours of peanut, tofu and garlic!! must be great!! we have not been blessed by sun yet :(


12 Sunita March 19, 2009 at 5:30 pm

We did love the dip, and yes, it’s nice to see the sun now and then :-)


13 Soma March 18, 2009 at 9:34 pm

This combination is entirely new to me but a must try! delicious pcitures are usual.


14 Sunita March 19, 2009 at 5:32 pm

Thanks Soma, the combination was quite loved by us, i must say :-)


15 varsha March 18, 2009 at 11:15 pm

Gorgeous pics Sunita..I love the combo in the dip.yumm.. :)


16 Sunita March 19, 2009 at 5:33 pm

Thanks Varsha :-)


17 Nicisme March 18, 2009 at 11:17 pm

That’s such a cute dish to serve your dip in!
Still not sure about the tofu though, I really must try it!!


18 Sunita March 19, 2009 at 5:47 pm

Thanks Nic…do give it a try :-)


19 Priya March 18, 2009 at 11:31 pm

The dip looks stunning Sunita. Using tofu in such a way is new to me, and I love the idea of using roasted garlic instead of raw. I am so not a fan of the pungent raw garlic flavor.
Enjoy the sunshine :-)


20 Sunita March 19, 2009 at 5:50 pm

Thanks Priya :-)


21 A&N March 19, 2009 at 4:19 am

Trust you to come up with something like this. I’m trying this out soon.


22 Sunita March 19, 2009 at 5:51 pm

Thanks…do give it a try :-)


23 Madhumathi March 19, 2009 at 6:24 am

A very unique n healthy dip ,Sunita. Wonderful pic :)


24 Sunita March 19, 2009 at 5:53 pm

Thanks Madhu :-)


25 Nirmala March 19, 2009 at 6:34 am

The dip looks great. Can I use paneer instead of Tofu ? My people does not like tofu as such. And the pot looks really pretty! Faulous pics as usual.


26 Sunita March 19, 2009 at 5:55 pm

Thanks Nirmala. I used silken tofu here, which is really soft and crumbly, I’m not sure whether paneer would give the same texture. Maybe you could try with some hung curd instead.


27 sushma March 19, 2009 at 11:09 am

hey Suni lovely entry ..yum..aweesome last click


28 Sunita March 19, 2009 at 5:55 pm

Thanks Sushma :-)


29 sandeepa March 19, 2009 at 2:43 pm

That sounds delicious Sunita, I am not sure how the tofu will blend in but since you say might give it a try


30 Sunita March 19, 2009 at 5:58 pm

Thanks Sandeepa, the silken tofu , which is very soft and crumbly, blends in easily, and the peanuts stand out :-)


31 Ivy March 19, 2009 at 7:27 pm

I have never tried tofu before but the dip sounds delicious.


32 Sunita March 20, 2009 at 10:38 am

Thanks give it a try :-)


33 Rupa Sengupta March 20, 2009 at 3:34 am

wow ! You are really very very creative ! That sounds finger-licking yummy.

It’s nice & sunny and simply gorgeous in this part of the world too ! In Sydney, the autumnal weather simply makes you fall in love.

Hope you enjoy all the sunshine !


34 Sunita March 20, 2009 at 10:39 am

Thanks Rupa. So, you’re in Sydney…the weather must be cooling down now. I adore autumn too :-)


35 Jackie @ June 3, 2009 at 9:40 pm

wonderful pic and great ingredient combination. It looks so healthy. thanks for sharing!


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