January 26, 2017

Chilli Cinnamon Almond Dip + a surprise giveaway !

When life gives you lemons, they say,make a lemonade. But when I was stuck with a whole batch of soaked Almonds (apparently to be made into Badam Katli (a.k.a Almond Fudge, but paused for lack of energy and time), I began to look for options which used up the soaked almonds. some of my BM friends gave me some options on our whatsapp group, & I made a batch of Almond Meal (to be used in these quick bread, muffins, kheer & cake recipes), but was wanting to make something else. 

As usual, trust the husband to come out with something totally quirky yet tasty. Made this delicious dip to go with the garlic bread, and coincidentally it was on my BIL's birthday so we all enjoyed this treat together. 

And voila talking of family , its been 6 years of blogging here, and full marks to my support system - my kids, mom and my ever patient husband :D without whom this blog wouldn't have reached you so regularly. And yes, a HUGE thank you to my readers & BM team for their constant encouragement & comments, the bar is now set higher to deliver superior content in every post :) 

Do check out the details of the surprise giveaway to ONE lucky reader at the end of this post !!  

So, without much ado, lets check out the last of the posts this week on Dips; hope you enjoyed the other two posts : Coriander-Mint-tomato salsa & Thakkali Thokku (quick tomato pickle). 

A special hug and thanks to dear husband for this quirky yet vegan, GF, lip smacking dip that I am sure will be made regularly. If you are a fan of dips, do try these out and let me know how you and your family liked them :)

Chilli Cinnamon Almond Dip - Vegan & GF dip
Prep time : 10 mins , zero cook ; makes : approx 100 gms 

You would need:
  • Whole Blanched almonds - 100 gms
  • Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
  • Cayenne pepper / red chilli powder / paprika - 1/4 tsp
  • Cinnamon - 1/2 inch stick
  • Olive oil - 2 TBSP
  • Salt - to taste
  • Parsley - 1/2 tsp (chopped fine)
  1. In a blender, blend all except salt. Check for salt and add salt and spice powders accordingly. Mix well. 
  2. Serve immediately with veg crudités / soup sticks or any bread :) Top with chopped parsley, some more olive oil, black pepper powder & cayenne pepper. 
1) This dip keeps well upto a week under refrigeration.
2) We found this to be a creamy moderately spicy dip. Adjust spice accordingly. 

And here's the giveaway details:
To celebrate happiness of completing 6 years of blogging, one lucky reader would be sent a surprise gift. To participate, all you need is check out the following rules:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sending this to BM # 72 under "Dips" Theme


  1. Congratulation on successful 6 years of blogging and wish you many more such milestones in the future. And the dip looks delicious!!

  2. Congrats and many many more years to come. Great recipe. Love the combo of flavors. Awesome.

  3. Congrats and many more to come. Interesting dip recipe with almonds. Sounds delicious.

  4. Congratulations, that's quite a milestone :-). Hugs!

  5. Congrats Kalyani, way to go. This dip rocks, quite an interesting one.

  6. Congrats Kalyani on becoming 6!! This dip is yum just what my hubby will love.

  7. Congrats Kalyani on 6 years of blogging, wishing you many more successful years to come!! That dip so different yaar, i m bookmarking to try!!!

  8. Awesome dear.. Congrats on your milestone!!

  9. Congratulations on 6 years of blogging, Kalyani -- wish you many many more successful blogging years. That dip with almond and cinnamon sounds delicious.

  10. Nice idea to use those soaked almonds in dip. Congratulations on 6 years of blogging. Have many more to come.

  11. Congrats on your anniversary and what a great dip!

  12. Congratulations Kalyani and this dip looks absolutley lip smacking delicious.

  13. Congratulations, Kalyani. And this dip sounds like a keeper.

  14. Sorry I am late in wishing you on your anniversary!..Happy anniversary and wishes for many more to come..that's a lovely and delicious sounding dip..will surely make it sometime..


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