Condiment Series | Sundried Tomato Pesto | Dip

Day 16

Mostly when we hear of Pesto we only think of the traditional basil pesto, but remember Pesto is anything that is pounded !! 
If you like sundried tomatoes you'll love this pesto. The flavours are so rich and so intense.

Basil and Tomato is another marriage made in heaven ! The earthy sweetness of basil and the tangy tomatoes is pure bliss and as Italian as it can get :-) 

I love sun dried tomatoes and when in a hurry or when the sun is not strong enough, I oven dry them. You do get readymade sun dried tomatoes, but here in India they are super expensive compared to making your own. And then of course, nothing beats the pleasure of making from scratch your own batch of these flavourful chewy sun dried tomatoes.

I will share the recipe of sundried tomatoes in my next series (very soon...)

For now it is the sun dried tomato pesto. 
Again use this as a dip / relish for your chips or use it in pasta or spread it on a have many options.

Sundried Tomato Pesto


10 whole sundried tomatoes or a cup full
4 cloves of Garlic
1/2 cup blanched Almonds
a handful of fresh Basil
2 tsps Sugar
1 small dry red chilli 
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt to taste


Combine everything in the food processor and blitz ! I like to keep this pesto a little coarse. You can make it more pasty if you like.  If it's a little too tangy for you, you can increase the sugar.

Transfer in a bottle and store in the refrigerator.

Serve as you like !!


If you have sundried tomatoes soaked in oil, the same oil can be used to make the pesto. 


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  2. Hi gauri, i am in love with your recipe. Please tell how to make sundried tomatoes and for hoe mamny days can you store.


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