Spicy Sun-Dried Tomato Paste

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Spicy Sun-Dried Tomato Paste

This fiery paste made with a small number of ingredients is so easy to prepare but just bursting with tomato and chili flavor. It was Nupur who introduced me to the recipe, and ever since I made it to go along with chickpea flour pancakes with crushed peas and cilantro, I was hooked. I prepared a batch to go along with chickpea and brown rice patties.

The serving possibilities are many and varied. You might wish to use it in place of regular tomato paste in your favorite recipes to heat things up. It's especially good as a condiment to go along with baked or fried savories, or mix with your favorite creamy cheese — such as goat cheese or cream cheese — to spread on some crackers.

Spicy Sun-Dried Tomato PasteSpicy Sun-Dried Tomato Paste
Recipe by
From One Hot Stove
Published on July 29, 2009

Simple fiery paste spread bursting with tomato and chili flavors — delicious for serving as a chutney for Indian flatbreads or as a sandwich spread

Preparation: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 5 minutes

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  • 12 sun-dried tomatoes (not oil-packed)
  • 2 to 4 dried whole red chilies
  • 1 large tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Begin by soaking the sun-dried tomatoes and dried chilies in hot or boiling water for 20 minutes. Drain and transfer to a food processor along with the chopped tomatoes, red pepper flakes and salt. Process until smooth.

  • Heat the oil over medium-low heat. When hot, fry the paste for a few minutes, stirring frequently, until it is slightly thickened.

  • Let cool before using. Refrigerate in a sealed container for up to a month.

Makes 1 cup

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Anh said...

Such a lovely recipe, Lisa! I love it since I have almost everything in the fridge.

A_and_N said...

Nupur's blog is such a treasure. I love sun dried tomatoes. I use this dip randomly :) from chips to sandwiches to pasta!

The pics are brilliant, Lisa! And I love what you eat them with too!

Unknown said...

Looks lovely, spicy and yummy. Nice picture.

Nithya Praveen said...

Lovely recipe Lisa...now i cant wait to read your Chickpea and Brown Rice Patties.

Shri said...

Beautiful!This reminds me of an Italian restaurant that serves bread with delicious sun dreid paste in olive oil..

Suparna said...

good one Lisa :) looks brilliant! spiced up tomatoes have multipurpose uses :) nice and bright clicks :)

Parita said...

Lovely recipe Lisa, i too love sundried tomatoes and this paste is perfect, so spicy and tasty!

Archana said...

Looks so delicious...sun dried tomatoes are wonderful, just a lil too expensive here in india, must dry roasting the fresh ones perhaps...

Jacqueline Meldrum said...

So easy, but brilliant Lisa!

Pooja said...

Wow that must have been fiery and yummy! Loved the colour!

iRaw said...

Oh, this sounds awesome!!

La Cuisine d'Helene said...

Great recipe, I would enjoy this with pasta.

Ivy said...

Great recipe. What about a little heat on a pizza?

Lisa Turner said...

Pizza, pasta, oh yes!

My comfort food network said...

I get this spicy sun dried tomato paste from a store here. I use it as a spread on my toast with some hot coffee in the morning. Now, I can make this at home. Thanks for sharing.
Btw, it's the my first time at your blog, you have a lovely blog. ;-)

Vidya said...

Loved this versatile paste. All the different possibilities are racing through my mind right now :) What a bright vibrant picture, Lisa! The dish reminds me of the south Indian tomato thokku which is chunkier, made with fresh tomatoes.

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

Love the deep red colour.
I've never tried this, but then I'm going to have to wait till the sun's out nice and strong to first sun dry some tomatoes!

test it comm said...

Sundried tomatoes are one of my favorite ingredients as they as so packed full of flavour. This spicy paste would certainly go well in a lot of dishes!

Nupur said...

The color is stunning, and you reminded me that I should make this again soon!
Glad you tried this recipe, Lisa :)

Lucy said...

Made a batch last night to spread on sandwiches for the week...am left, this morning, with only enough to stir a spoonful through a dish of fassoulia!

Lovely, Lisa - will be on high rotation around here.

Helen said...

ooh I bet this is very handy to have around! I can just imagine dolloping it into sauces and soups

eatme_delicious said...

Wow this sounds really interesting!