Red Chutney Samoosa Dip recipe

This 4-ingredient Red Chutney Samoosa dip is a harmonious blend of sweet, tangy, and spicy flavors with a texture that is predominantly smooth but punctuated by slight chunkiness from the chutney and the optional crushed chillies. The heat level can be described as moderate to hot, depending on the addition of crushed chillies, making it an exciting, palate-tingling accompaniment to the crispy exterior and savory filling of samoosas.

The samoosa dip is a bold, flavorful complement to the delicate spices and textures of Cape Malay cuisine, embodying a delightful balance between tradition and innovation.

Samoosa Dip

Basic Samoosa dip recipe

This is a quick samoosa dip made with pantry ingredients resulting in a vibrant multi-dimensional taste sensation.

Tomato Ketchup: This base ingredient adds a smooth, slightly thick consistency to the dip, contributing a sweet and tangy flavor that is familiar and comforting. It’s the backbone of the dip, offering a rich tomatoey taste that pairs wonderfully with the other spicy elements.

Dried Red Chilli Chutney: The inclusion of dried red chilli chutney introduces a complex layer of flavors—sweet, tangy, and spicy with a hint of smokiness. It adds a slightly chunky texture to the dip, providing small bursts of intensified taste and heat that elevate the overall sensory experience.

Sriracha Sauce: Sriracha sauce injects a garlicky heat and a smooth, slightly viscous texture. It has a bright, sharp spiciness that cuts through the sweetness of the tomato ketchup and the dried red chilli chutney, adding depth and a lingering warmth that is both exhilarating and balanced.

Pinch of Crushed Chillies (Optional): For those who appreciate an extra kick, the addition of crushed chillies can turn up the heat without overwhelming the dip’s complex flavor profile. These flakes introduce a subtle crunch, offering an occasional spike in spice that makes the dip more dynamic and engaging.

Samoosa dip recipe variations

These enhancements aim to create a more complex and nuanced dip, bringing in elements of freshness, acidity, creaminess, and aromatic spices that can elevate the traditional samoosa dipping experience. Each suggestion is designed to complement the existing recipe, allowing for customization based on personal taste preferences and dietary requirements.

Here are some suggestions to enhance the depth and complexity of the basic samoosa dip recipe:

  • Fresh Herbs: Incorporate finely chopped fresh coriander (cilantro) or mint for a burst of freshness. These herbs will add a layer of brightness that complements the spicy elements beautifully, lending a refreshing contrast to the dip’s heat.
  • Lime Juice: A squeeze of fresh lime juice can elevate the dip with its zesty tang, enhancing the overall flavor profile and adding a note of acidity that balances the sweetness of the tomato ketchup and the richness of the chilli chutney.
  • Roasted Garlic: Instead of relying solely on the garlic notes in sriracha, consider adding a few cloves of roasted garlic, mashed into a paste. Roasted garlic has a mellow, sweet flavor that can add depth and a hint of smokiness to the samoosa dip, making it even more irresistible.
  • Toasted Spices: A small pinch of toasted and ground cumin or coriander seeds can introduce an earthy warmth and aromatic quality to the dip, tying it back to traditional Cape Malay flavors and adding complexity.
  • Fenugreek (methi) leaves or powder: Dried methi leaves would add a new textural dimension whereas powder would add a bitter-sweet undertone to the samoosa dip. 
  • Yogurt or Coconut Cream: For a creamier texture and to temper the heat, a tablespoon of plain yogurt or coconut cream can be mixed in. This addition will not only add a silky quality to the dip but also introduce a subtle tang (from yogurt) or a hint of sweetness (from coconut cream) that pairs well with spicy dishes.
  • Adjusting Heat: If you’re looking to offer a range of spiciness to accommodate different palates, consider serving the crushed chillies on the side, allowing individuals to tailor the heat level to their preference.
  • Sweetener Adjustment: To balance the acidity and heat, you might add a small amount of honey (for a non-vegan option) or agave syrup (for a vegan option). This should be done sparingly, to enhance the natural sweetness of the tomato ketchup without overpowering the other flavors.

Samoosa Dip

Other uses for red chutney

This versatile dip, enhanced with the flavors of tomato ketchup, dried red chilli chutney, sriracha sauce, optional crushed chillies, and potentially methi masala, can serve numerous culinary purposes beyond being a companion to samoosas. Here’s how it can be creatively incorporated into various meals and snacks:

  • Grilled or Roasted Meats: It can be an excellent condiment for grilled or roasted meats, including chicken, lamb, or beef. The dip’s spicy-tangy profile complements the smokiness of the meat, enhancing its flavor.
  • Vegetable Crudité: Serve it as a vibrant dipping sauce for a platter of raw or blanched vegetables. Its bold flavors can elevate simple veggies like carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers, and broccoli.
  • Sandwich Spread: Use it as a spicy, flavorful spread on sandwiches or wraps. It adds moisture and a burst of flavor that can transform a mundane sandwich into something extraordinary.
  • Pizza Base Sauce: Spread a thin layer on pizza dough before adding toppings for an unconventional twist. The dip adds a spicy, tangy base that complements a variety of toppings, such as grilled vegetables, chicken, or even traditional pizza cheeses.
  • Pasta Sauce Base: Mix it with cream, coconut milk, or a tomato sauce to create a unique pasta sauce. The dip’s flavors can add a spicy kick to a creamy pasta or enhance a simple tomato-based sauce.
  • Egg Dishes: Enhance egg dishes like omelets, scrambled eggs, or shakshuka by incorporating the dip either during cooking or as a garnish. Its spicy notes pair well with the richness of eggs.
  • Rice Dishes: Stir it into rice dishes, such as fried rice, to add a layer of flavor. It can provide a spicy, tangy twist that makes the dish more vibrant.
  • Marinade: Use it as a marinade for meats or vegetables before grilling or roasting. The acidity and spices will tenderize the meat and infuse it with the dip’s robust flavors.
  • Savory Baked Goods: Incorporate it into doughs or fillings for savory pastries, breads, or scones. It can add an interesting flavor twist to baked goods, making them stand out.
  • Salad Dressing: Thin it out with a bit of olive oil or vinegar and use it as a salad dressing. Its spicy, tangy profile can add excitement to simple greens or grain-based salads.

This dip’s blend of flavors makes it a versatile kitchen staple that can enhance a wide range of dishes, adding a unique and delicious twist to everyday meals.

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Red chutney samoosa dip recipe

Simone Fortuin
This 4-ingredient Red Chutney Samoosa dip is a harmonious blend of sweet, tangy, and spicy flavors to accompany crispy and savoury samoosas or other fried snacks.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Course Chutneys, pickles, relishes
Cuisine Cape Malay
Servings 4
Calories 77 kcal


  • 60 ml tomato ketchup
  • 60 ml red chilli chutney
  • 30 ml sriracha sauce
  • 1.25 ml crushed chillies optional


  • Add all the ingredients together in a bowl and stir to combine.
  • Serve with warm samoosas, daltjies or papad.


Calories: 77kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 0.3gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.02gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.04gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.02gSodium: 351mgPotassium: 76mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 183IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 8mgIron: 0.3mg

Disclaimer: Nutritional information for the recipe is an approximation and varies according to the ingredients and products used.

Keyword 30 minutes or less recipe, dairy free, gluten free
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