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How To Make Asian Dipping Sauces: Green Mango, Chili Coriander, and Tamarind Dips

Updated on April 14, 2012
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In the first article of this series, we explored the Basic Ingredients for Cooking Cambodian-Southeast Asian Food. One of the most common foods found in Cambodian, and many other Southeast Asian homes, that are easy to make and inexpensive, are Dipping Sauces.

Dipping Sauces are used during meals and in between as a snack. You can dip just about everything in these sauces, including Fruit, Egg Rolls and Spring Rolls, Bread, Crackers and anything in between!

I always like to slice an apple into little pieces and dip into these sauces for a great treat!

You can surprise your friends and family with these easy sauces at parties and social gatherings.

Imagine a Super Bowl Party with several Dipping Sauces to choose from! You will definitely be a popular host!

In this article we will learn about 3 different delicious recipes that are inexpensive and easy to make. Lets start making Dipping Sauces in less than 10-15 minutes to prepare, and a wait time of 30 minutes to allow the flavors to mingle!

Chili Coriander Dipping Sauce: Ingredients and Recipe

Ingredient
Amount
How To Prepare
Warm Water
1/2 cup (125 ml)
 
Palm or Dark Brown Sugar
1 Tablespoon
 
Fish Sauce
4 Tablespoons
 
Small Red Shallots
3
Peeled and Finely Chopped
Garlic Clove
1
Peeled and Chopped
Bird's Eye Chili Pepper
1
Finely Chopped
Bunch of Corriander (Cilantro) Leaves
1 (small)
Finely Chopped

Add the Sugar and Fish Sauce to the water and mix until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Let sauce sit for 30 mins, then serve!

Green Mango Dipping Sauce: Ingredients and Recipe

Ingredient
Amount
How To Prepare
Small Green (Unripe) Mango
1 Mango
Peeled and Grated
Bird's Eye Chili Pepper
2
Peeled and Finely Chopped
Garlic Cloves
2
Peeled and Finely Chopped
Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 Cup (125 ml)
 
Fish Sauce
1/2 Cup (125 ml)
 
Palm Sugar or Dark Brown Sugar
4 Tablespoons
 
Warm Water
1 Cup (125 ml)
 

Combine all the ingredients in a convenient dipping bowl until sugar is dissolved. Allow to sit for 30 minutes. You're done! That's it! I told you these recipes were simple! And wait until you taste them!

Green Mangoes

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Tamarind Dipping Sauce: Ingredients and Recipe

Ingredient
Amount
How To Prepare
Tamarind Pulp
1/4 Cup (75 g)
Remove seeds and fibers
Garlic Cloves
2
Whole
Bird's Eye Chili Peppers
3
Whole
Palm Sugar or Dark Brown Sugar
2 Tablespoons
 
Fish Sauce
1/2 Cup (125 ml)
 

Although still an easy recipe, you are going to have to "work" a little on this one! This Dipping Sauce requires either a Mortar and Pestle (traditionally), or you can cheat with a Food Processor.

Combine the Pulp from the Tamarind with the Chili Peppers and Garlic Cloves. You may peel the skin off the garlic cloves, but this is not nessasary. Pound them in the mortar, or if using a food processor you can "pulse" until everything is combined.

Add the Sugar and Fish Sauce, and mix well.

Allow to sit for 30 minutes and then serve!

You now have the best Dipping Sauce Recipes for your party, or just to enjoy with the one you love-or even the whole family!

Jong Yam!

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello again Pamela! The dipping sauces are really easy quick and cheap to make! Get your friends to try them and I bet they will ask for more! Thanks for another great comment!

      JSMatthew~

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 5 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      Voted up. Dipping sauces are something I can tackle without budging my lazy-kitchen style too much. Worth the work. These look great.

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hello Docmo! Aren't they delicious? And so easy and quick to make! I appreciate you stopping by!

      JSMatthew~

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      Yummy. I have made the tamarind and mango dips before but aim loving this recipe...

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I am glad you enjoyed it Career-Guide! You can always adjust certain ingredients to suit your taste. Thanks for commenting!

      JSMatthew~

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      Career-Guide 5 years ago from Mars

      Dipping, Dipping, Dipping, Dipping..... Shhhhh... Spicy Spicy Spice.....emm thank you so much this is first time when i have made something tasty

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      Career-Guide 5 years ago from Mars

      I tried !! Its taste is not bad... actually i lacked to make it properly because of hard skills... But i'll give it a try once more .... Thanks for sharing!!

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @randomcreative: A lot of people think the green mango dip is the best because you can only get mangoes in Cambodia for about 1 month per year. It is a rare treat unless you dry the mangoes, but they taste different. Thanks for the comment!

      JSMatthew~

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @WhatBigJohnThinks: Let me know how you like them after grilling this weekend! Thanks for the comment and I will be responding to your e-mail soon-trying to catch up on comments!

      JSMatthew~

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @carcro: Thanks for stopping by! I hope that you enjoy the sauces!

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @ punacoast: Let me know how the sauce comes out! I appreciate you stopping by!

      JSMatthew~

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      @Chanroth: Sorry it took me so long to reply! I have tried pro hok a few times and I don't really like it! Too fishy for me. My wife on the other hand,, eats it almost every day! I am not kidding! It is her favorite food. Every Khmer family I visit or party I go to serves pro hok. I know that it is the favorite of foods among Cambodians and I wish I liked it! Thanks for the great comment and adding the recipe!

      JSMatthew~

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      The green mango sauce sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing these recipes.

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      WhatBigJohnThinks 5 years ago

      Definitely mixing 1 or 2 of these up for the grill-out this weekend.

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      Paul Cronin 5 years ago from Winnipeg

      I love dipping sauces, these look really great! Thanks for sharing...I will definitely try them.

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      Viet Doan 5 years ago from Big Island, Hawaii

      I love the sweet and tangy taste of tamarind. Luckily we can get fresh tamarind here in Hawaii (big trees!) so I will have to make the tamarind dipping sauce. Thanks for these tantalizing Cambodian recipes.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Well, I'll have to check out more of your recipes!!!!

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Victoria Lynn, I just started posting recipes. Right now I am working on a series of Cambodian Recipes. Most of my articles vary in topic, and I recently decided to add Poetry, Short Essays, and Recipes to my collection.

      I enjoy peanut sauce which my wife makes (very spicy!). I will be creating that recipe in the near future! Thank you for commenting again! I appreciate you.

      JSMatthew~

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Another quality post, JS! One of my best friends is Vietnamese, and she introduces me to different types of foods--Spring Rolls with her homemade peanut sauce, for instance, is one of my faves. It's interesting to try different foods. Do you have a lot of recipes on here? That's one thing I want to eventually post more of. I'll have to check yours out.

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      chanroth 5 years ago from California, USA

      None of the other two can beat green mango. If you make all three of the dipping and taste all three, green mango will outrun the other two. That's probably my opinion but I have tried all three and I like green mango more. It is very good if you eat it with deep fried fish and rice. Have you eaten mud fish (pro hok) before? Get 1 tablespoon of mud fish and stir it with 2 tablespoon of palm sugar evenly and add pepper. Dip it with green mango, apple....any fruits that is sour, taste really good. There is a lot of other dipping as well. Sweat fish sauce, mud fish...so on...in Cambodia, mud fish (pro hok) is number one. :)

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