Pre-made dips, sauces and pour over condiments can be your saviour when it comes to prepping for either a movie marathon at home with your squad or your kid’s birthday party. Just open a bottle, drizzle it on something, or dabble in some serious dip action all the while lapping up praises from your guests. Here’s a list of places you can get awesome sauces from for the next time you think of throwing a party.
These 7 Dips And Sauces Are Making Snacking SO Much Fun
Sense of 7
Sense of 7 is a brand that creates handmade gourmet condiments that cater to the seven different senses of taste namely sweet, sour, bitter, umami, salt, pungent, and oleogustus sense. My favourite from what they have to offer is (easily) the Aglio Olio Dip. I make a mean spaghetti dish with that and it’s always a huge hit with folks at home. Use this one instead of the red sauce while baking lasagne and thank me later. Their spicy chilli dip is a blend of dried Kashmiri and Guntur chillies with a hint of garlic for your pungent senses. Goes perfectly as a dip with spring rolls and dimsums.For your Umami senses, their sundried tomato and olive tapenade has the perfect blend of Italian flavours. Use as a dip with bread or as a spread with sandwiches, burgers and crostinis. Awesomesauce, really!
Arugula & Co
Artisanal Salad Dressings sans the additives, preservatives, refined oil, or sugar - need I say more? You’ve got to dress to impress. Even when it comes to salads, yep! But no need to sweat it out in the kitchen doing that when there is Arugula & Co. They have tons of salad dressings to choose from that'll have you feeling like a gourmet chef minus both prep and clean-up. Allow us to toss you a few names - Balsamic & Olive Oil, Cashew & Mustard, Chilli & Jaggery, Cinnamon & Sumac, Peanut & Lime, Wasabi & Togarishi - sound good? Tastes great. Oh and did we mention how pretty the packaging is?
Dips and sauces that are natural, vegetarian, chemical-free yet taste so good, it will have you wondering what saucery is this?! From classic Hummus and flavoured Hummus to Harissa to Pesto, Aglio Olio, Schezwan, and more. The best part is that you can use some of these spreads as cooking sauces to whip some stir fry. Their dips range include Roasted Garlic & Chili, Cilantro & Jalapeno, Cranberry & Walnut, etc. All of these go well with fresh fruit too.
Don’t you wish there was a brand that made available traditional Indian condiments in a bottle? Like the zesty green chutney (Mint Cilantro) that Ma usually makes to go with curries or the tangy imli (Tamarind) chutney that you generously pour over dhoklas and kachoris. Enter Bandar to the rescue. If you’ve had enough of the artisanal variety, try Bandar for the most commonplace chutneys that will have you dipping your food in pure nostalgia.
How many times have you checked the reverse of a sauce bottle for what you are putting in your body? I do, all the time, to check if it’s loaded with sugars, gluten and ingredient names I cannot even read. With D-Alive's sauces and vinaigrettes I don’t necessarily have to do that. Made with 100% natural ingredients, completely free from all sort of adulterations, which otherwise is a constant worry. Also, this brand pays close attention to the needs of a diabetic. D-Alive's sauces and vinaigrettes are not sweetened with refined sugars and processed ingredients, instead they use organic coconut sugar, which is naturally rich in nutrients. The highlight being jamun vinegar which is a very healthy alternative to distilled vinegar. Get their Khatt-Mith Tomato Ketchup and have it with anything you fancy, guilt-free.
Aamra means ‘we’ in Bengali. This brand makes traditional condiments by bringing together women of local community and providing them with livelihood. These women use their skills to create regional flavours, which we have come to love over the years. From Heeng Aam pickle, to Honey Mustard Salad Dressing to Chill Basil Pesto Dip - this home-style kitchen produces a range of fresh and delicious sauces and dips. Try out their Gourmet Salad Dressing Hamper or the Dips and Sauces Mini Collection. You will get to try a wide variety plus the cute packaging makes these perfect for gifting. After all, who wouldn’t love some variety on the dining table?
The Little Farm Co
Finger foods and dips are a match made in heaven. The Little Farm Co offers some of the most popular dips to go with your favourite snack. I am forever bingeing on bowl of crackers and chips with their Jalapeno Garlic dip. Check out the menu and you would want to try them all. Not a fan of creamy dips? Try the knockout Amla Garlic chutney or Sweet Mango chutney instead. Since these products are homemade and preservatives free, they come with a limited shelf life. Be sure to refrigerate and consume the dips within that time.