10 dips from around the world that everyone should try

Ralu Cohn/ShutterstockQueso fundido is a dip hailing from Mexico.

A great dip can elevate the taste, flavour, and experience of particular foods and dishes. Whether savoury or sweet, a dip can take a meal from just OK to spectacular.

From queso fundido to baba ganoush, here are 10 international dips from around the world that everyone should try.


Baba ganoush is a Middle Eastern spread featuring aubergines.

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Baba ganoush is a Middle Eastern spread made from eggplant, tahini, olive oil, and a mix of seasonings like ground cumin, smoked paprika, and fresh parsley.


Sicilian caponata is a dip originating in Sicily, Italy.

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Sicilian caponata is a dip hailing from Sicily, Italy. The savoury dip features aubergines, tomatoes, capers, olives, onions, celery, vinegar, and various spices. The dip can be served either hot or at room temperature.


Red lentil dal is a hearty dip from India.

vm2002/ShutterstockServe with naan or rice.

Indian dal(or dip) is a complex burst of flavours in your mouth, but so simple to make. This recipe calls for a mixture of red lentils, ginger, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, cinnamon, and other spices. This dip is traditionally served with naan or basmati rice.


Ponzu is a Japanese dip with a citrus flavour.

Kurman Communications, Inc./FlickrEnjoy with vegetables or seafood.

Unlike other dips, ponzu has a thin, watery consistency and a citrus taste. It’s commonly used in Japanese recipes. It’s made of ponzu (citrus juice), soy sauce, sugar or mirin, and dashi.


Molho Apimentado is a spicy Brazilian dip.

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For those who can eat spicy foods without breaking a sweat, then molho apimentado is the way to go. It’s a Brazilian dip that is multifunctional, yet always promises to bring the heat. It contains a mix of bell, chilli, white, black, and cayenne peppers, along with onion, garlic, and several other spices.


Nam Jim Jaew is a spicy Thai sauce.

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Nam Jim Jaew is smoky and bold in flavour. It boasts savoury flavour and a little bit of a kick.

While recipes may vary, the sweet chilli sauce is typically made with dried red chilies. Add some fish sauce, lime juice, and palm sugar to your chilies to finish off the dip.


Guasacaca is a Brazilian avocado dip.

ShutterstockThe dip is similar to guacamole.

This Venezuelan dip is like an upgraded version of guacamole. Guasacaca is made with avocados, citrus juice, parsley, garlic, and chilli peppers, onion, vinegar, and many other spices.


Queso Fundido is a cheesy Mexican dip.

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Queso Fundido is a Mexican dip that was made to be the life of the party as it’s made with melted cheese and spicy chorizo. It’s often served flambé, if you’re feeling adventurous.


Taramasalata is a Grecian dip featuring cod roe.

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Grecian taramasalata is a savoury dip made from tarama (salted and cured roe of the cod), carp mixed with olive oil, lemon juice, and a base of bread or potatoes. This dip is not only creamy but savoury in taste. And typically it’s either beige or pink depending on the addition of certain ingredients.

Try it with bread and raw vegetables.


Romesco is a savoury Catalan dip.

Arnold Gatilao/FlickrPair it with bread.

If you like red sauces or dips, you’ll love Catalan romesco. It’s a hearty dipping sauce made with bell peppers, almonds, hazelnuts, garlic, and loads of other spices. Try it with more grilled vegetables.

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