Saturday, January 29, 2022

Roasted Fennel and Pumpkin Seed Dip

This vegan dip made with roasted fennel bulbs and soaked pumpkin seeds is the amazing dip you'd have ever tasted. This dip can be served with veggies, fresh pita, or pita chips. This can also be a great spread for sandwiches and wraps.

Whether you serve this to your family or on a crudite platter, this dip will be loved by everyone. This vegan dip is so amazing to serve with anything. I love to serve with veggies and Vegan Spicy Chickpea, Oat, and Carom  Crackers. Pita bread or chips are also a great pairing for this dip.My personal favorites are crackers, carrots, and mini peppers with this dip. This dip is easy to prepare and hence this is a great one to serve on a vegan grazing board.

Fennel bulbs are used in this recipe. These are anise bulbs. They are amazing to be added to salads and soups. I love to use them in chutneys too and that's how this dip also came into existence. Pumpkin seed dip is quite common and when I tried adding roasted fennel to it, we loved the resulting dip. 

This dip requires a good amount of lemon juice and vinegar to notch up the flavors. The added ginger gives a wonderful bite and I love the gingery flavor. I added asafetida, love its pungent flavor, to give additional boost. If you can't find it, this can be omitted, but I strongly recommend it.

This dip is very easy to prepare. Just roast the fennel and garlic, blanch the spinach, add everything to the food processor and you have an amazing dip ready. This dip makes a good, sizable quantity. So, halve the recipe, if you want smaller portions. This dip can be refrigerated for a week to ten days in an airtight container.

In our Shhhh secret cooking challenge group, we partner up with a buddy and give two secret ingredients to each other for a chosen theme of the month. This month's theme is"Stick to Seeds"! We share our photograph of the food made using this ingredient to the rest of the group to guess. It is very interesting to guess the secret ingredient, a fun game, and if you like to join, click here for details. 

My partner for this month is Preethi of Preethi's Cuisine. She gave me ginger and rice vinegar as secret ingredients, and I made this delicious and healthy dip with pumpkin seeds. In turn, I gave her almond and jaggery as secret ingredients, and using these she made amazing laddoos, Flaxseed and Almond Ladoos! Sounds addictive, right? Preethi has an amazing collection of yummy recipes and love her Mini Khara Bun.

I am part of another similar group, Potluck Party, where we share a recipe each month on the last Saturday of the month. Sue of Palatable Pastime hosts this event and this is the very first edition of this party! Pretty excited to be a part of this fun group sharing amazing recipes. Check here if you want to hop onboard.

We love dips and who doesn't? Chip and dip are part and parcel of any gathering and are great for game day too! Piquant Veggie Bagel Spread is one of our family favorite, lip-smacking dip for bread, naan, and veggies and Cheesy Corn Dip is a tasty, cheesy dip that will always be welcome at any time.  For more desi flavor, try the Chapata Paneer Chole 7 Layer Dip that can feed a crowd. Tropical salsa is amazing too, with sweet and spicy flavors, healthier too just like this fennel and pumpkin seed dip.

I am also linking this to Happiness is Homemeade, Share The WealthThursday Favorite Things, and Full Plate Thursday!

Makes about 4 cups

Fennel - 2 medium sized bulbs
Garlic - 3
Pumpkin seeds - 1 cup
Salt - 2 and 1/4 tsp
Lemon juice - 7 tbsp
Lemon zest - 1 tsp
Olive oil - 1/2 cup plus 1 tsp
Spinach - 3 cups, blanched
Dill - 2 tbsp
Parsley - 2 tbsp
Green onions - 2, sliced
Ginger - 3-in piece
Rice vinegar - 4 tbsp
Asafetida - 1/2 tsp
Salt - 1.5 tsp
Black pepper - 1/8 tsp
Chili flakes - 1 tbsp
Oil - 1 tsp

For Garnish

Parsley chopped
Pumpkin seeds
Sliced red Thai chili
Sliced green onions


Soak the pumpkin seeds for 20-30  minutes.

In the meantime, roast the fennel bulb and garlic at 400 for 25 minutes with a little salt, oil, and pepper.

Blanch the spinach, rinse in cold water and drain the water completely.

Add everything to the food processor and run to make a nearly smooth texture. Mix in or run the chili flakes according to preference.

Serve with veggies/chips. Store leftovers in airtight cntainer in fridge.

Welcome to Potluck Party #1 (January 2022)


  1. That's beautiful board Radha and the secret ingredient group sounds like a lot of fun.

  2. Loved the recipe Radha. I am a great fan of fennel bulbs. Love using them in salads, whenever I can lay my hands on them. Loved your idea of roasting them for this dip. A real keeper of a recipe this is.

  3. Wow! I love this crudite platter the spread is absolutely yum. As for the roasted fennel and pumpkin seed dip it is yum. I must try making it as we love the flavour of fennel.

  4. What a beautiful crudite platter Radha. Besides using it in a salad or soup have no idea how to use fennel bulb. They are available right now in abundance. Will have to try out this unique dip before the season ends.

  5. I would love to try this recipe as it uses fresh fennel and we get in abundant here and this looks so good with all the possibilities you have mentioned. Love the crudite platter.

  6. Beautiful platter and the roasted fennel and pumpkin seeds dip sounds super yumm !

  7. I have never made any dish made out of fennel bulb. This recipe looks so interesting and would love to try them.

  8. Roasted fennel and pumpkin seed dip sounds very interesting, I never saw or heard about fennel bulb. Loved the way you presented..

  9. Dip with fennel bulb and pumpkin seeds sounds amazing. Never used fennel bulb. Also loved your platter. I would love to try this delicious dip whenever I can get fennel bulb. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe.

  10. Roasted fennel and pumpkin seed dip sounds so delish. A party please dip for sure.The Crudite platter looks super tempting Radha.

  11. I like that platter of dips and the various crudites / munchies. the punpkin seed-fennel dip is absolutely genious !

  12. The dip with fennel bulb and pumpkin seeds looks good. I need to find them as I have not used them.

  13. the roasted fennel and pumpkin seeds dip sounds super yumm !Loved the way you presented..

  14. WOw, a fab use for Roasted fennel. This is an ingredient I struggle with, so glad there is a use to it now.