Creamy Edamame Dip

Since I started blogging,  my habits have changed dramatically some good and some not so good. One of them is checking on blogs in the middle of my cooking food. Thankfully the food never got burnt otherwise I would be in trouble. The other is my newspaper reading habit which has almost stopped. It wasn’t long ago when I used to read newspaper with my morning cup of tea. Now I an in hurry to check on  blogs after finishing breakfast. So I generally scan through the front page. If something catches my eye then I continue reading otherwise I will switch to Life and Arts section or put it away to read at bedtime. My poor family is coping with my new habits, I seriously need to work on it before they complain.  Few days ago my husband left a newspaper section besides computer which he knew I won’t read it, so he also left a note saying “ Read before recycling“.  It was an information feature  on healthy living, diabetes prevention and educating general public about this condition.  When I saw  guacamole  type dip in that feature, I knew I had to make it. Almost everyone knows someone with diabetes and we need to cater to specific dietary needs of our friends. Moreover, healthy  snacks  are good for all  to manage blood sugar levels, especially during holidays when we tend to eat high sugary food.

 

 

I have come to really enjoy edamame in last few years and steamed edamame is one of my favorite appetizer to order in a restaurant. Lightly coated with sea salt, the bright green pods just scream to pop into your mouth. Edamame is the soybean in its least processed form. Its a great everyday snack (especially for diabetics) but the little beans culinary possibilities go far beyond that. When pureed with other ingredients, it makes a super delicious dip. The first thing you notice in this dip is its fresh taste packed with flavor. It does look like guacamole but there is no avocado or any dairy product. The edamame dip is protein rich and easy to make.  Good thing is that it can be prepared ahead and refrigerated for up to one week (tried and tested). Both my pictures are of the same dip but taken under different light. I can assure you this will become a regular party dip in your home.

As this recipe is taken from Kraft recipes and they use their own products, if you have no gluten issue you can use the Kraft asian dressing  but I made the sesame dressing at home. I also did not use green onion and garlic.

 

 

CREAMY EDAMAME DIP

source: Globe and mail (Kraft advertisement)

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen edamame beans

1/4 cup asian sesame dressing

2 tbsp water

1/2 tbsp minced ginger root

1 tbsp lemon juice

1/2 tsp wasabi

1 clove garlic (optional)

1 green onion (optional)

colorful peppers , cut into thin strips

Method:

  1. Cook edamame in a saucepan of boiling water until crisp – tender, 3-4 minutes. Drain, rinse with cold water.
  2. Place cooked edamame with all the remaining ingredients except peppers in a food processor or blender.
  3. Process until smooth add a tsp of water if it is still thick.
  4. Transfer to a bowl and serve with anything from raw veggies to rice crackers.

 

 

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23 Comments

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    Malti Sharma November 26, 2012 (8:55 am)

    I was wondering where have you been?
    Love the concept of a edamame in a dip. It looks so fresh and delcious.

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    Choc Chip Uru November 26, 2012 (10:44 am)

    This is a lovely and delicious looking dip my friend – I too only skim the paper and that too the food section 😛

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies November 26, 2012 (11:36 am)

    I make an edamame hummus that’s similar to this and it’s one of my favorite snacks. So healthy and delicious! I love the idea of adding Asian flavors to it.

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    yummychunklet November 26, 2012 (4:03 pm)

    This is such a great idea for dip! Yum!

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    Liz November 26, 2012 (7:22 pm)

    I love edamame, everytime we eat Japanese food I order them. I would love to grow them but our climate is a bit cool. I will have to hunt some out to try your dip though.

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    anne November 26, 2012 (8:24 pm)

    I love edamame so I think I would love this kind of dip ! This is a delicious and healthier chip dip as well 😀

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    Ambreen November 27, 2012 (2:31 am)

    Sounds like a yummy dip, tempting pics with colorful peppers!

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    Asmita November 27, 2012 (5:44 am)

    What a delicious dip! Cannot wait to try this. We all love edamame at home.

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    Soni November 27, 2012 (7:16 am)

    I also love munching on edamame and this dip is a great idea!!!Love the flavors in it and its so healthy and delicious!!

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    CJ at Food Stories November 27, 2012 (7:43 am)

    We eat a lot of hummus at our house so this would be a great addition to our recipe arsenal 🙂

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    Treat and Trick November 27, 2012 (7:57 am)

    Such a healthy and delicious dip! Pairing with bell peppers look awesome…

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    Juliana November 27, 2012 (3:53 pm)

    Great idea…edamame dip…love the flavor and the color as well.
    Thanks for the recipe and have a great week Balvinder 🙂

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    Vicki Bensinger November 27, 2012 (4:05 pm)

    I’ve. Made something similar before but I think I like the way yours sounds much better. Love edamame and in dip form I get to have more.

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    Marina@Picnic at Marina November 27, 2012 (6:30 pm)

    That looks delicious, and healthy! Funny, I stopped reading newspapers and watching TV when I started blogging! 🙂

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      Balvinder November 28, 2012 (10:08 pm)

      So I am not alone? Hnh!

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    Blackswan November 28, 2012 (2:34 am)

    I’m impressed you’re using this Japanese popular veg, Bal! This is one of the cool dishes that Japanese would order in a Japanese restaurants. I keep a pkt of frozen ones at home too, & simply blanch them in boiling water for my snacks. Love it!

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      Balvinder November 28, 2012 (10:06 pm)

      I haven’t tried this dip in any restaurant but yes most restaurants offer steamed edamame. I too keep frozen ones at home.

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    Liz November 28, 2012 (4:03 am)

    I can totally relate to your change in habits…me, too!!! I love to read, but I can usually only manage one book a month 🙁

    I love edamame, too…but I always eat it just steamed and salted. Your dip looks marvelous….perfect to balance out all the unhealthy offerings during the holidays! I know I’d love it!

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      Balvinder November 28, 2012 (10:05 pm)

      I haven’t even read any book in months, glad that you liked the dip.

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    Alida November 28, 2012 (9:17 am)

    What a delicious dip here. I have to say I have never made my own. You have inspired me. I should try this soon.

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    Nava Krishnan November 29, 2012 (2:22 am)

    I enjoy edamame but its just steamed and eaten just like that. Its new to find out that the beans can be used for dips. My hubby will love it and being healthy for him is important to put his diabetic in control.

    Would enjoy the dip with sliced cucumbers which is my number one veg and when I am alone.

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    Jennifer Eloff November 30, 2012 (12:27 pm)

    That photo is so gorgeous – so crisp and clean and clear. Love it!!

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