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Tapenade is a popular dish in France, It can be used as a spread or as a topping for baguettes, crackers, or even you can use this as a stuffing too. We first tasted this when we were in Singapore. We used to get this in carrefour and Market place. As we all like tomato and olives we started loving this and I started making at home which is so easy, tasty and fresh then store bought one. For past 4 years I am making this and my fridge will always be filled with atleast 2 kinds of spread, as we eat sandwiches for breakfast at least 250 days a year.

I usually make 2 types Olive which is my sons favorite and Sun-dried tomato Tapenade. The key ingredient in these are Olive oil, Herbs, Olives and Capers. I am sure you all will love too if you are Olive lovers.. Just give it a try if you never tried it. I usually make it with slight Indian touch by adding chilli powder to the Tomato tapenade to make it more spicy, Its up to you can can either add chilli powder or Pepper powder. Take a glance at the tips to see the use of Tapenade for making other dishes.

Ingredients :

Black pitted olives - 1 can
Fresh Parsley - 1 handful (washed and make it moist free using Kitchen towel)
Olive oil - 4 tbsp
Capers - 4 tbsp
Pepper - as required
Garlic - 2 pod crushed
Red chilli flakes - 1 tsp(Optional)
Salt as required as both Olive and capers has salt in it.

Method :

1. Add all the above in the food processor or mixer and give it a whip.
2. Just make a coarse paste and store in the air tight container.


Ingredients :

Sun dried tomato - 20 pieces without oil (You can get this in the store which will be soaked in the Olive oil and herbs, take out the tomato without oil)
Green Olives - 10(small size)
Basil- 10 leaves (cleaned)
Garlic - 2 pod
Olive oil - 2 tbsp to 4 tbsp ( If the Sun dried tomato is soaked in oil the reduce the quantity here)
Chilli powder - as required
Balsamic Vinegar - 1 tbsp
Salt as required

Method :

1. Put all the ingredients in the food processor or mixer and make it coarse paste.
2. Save it in the air tight container.


1. Make sure to use good quality olives which gives wonderful taste.
2. The herbs has to be washed and dried using the paper towel as we can store this for at least 10 days in the fridge.
3. If your not having the Sun-dried tomato which is not soaked in the oil then do this procedure. Just warm the olive oil now put the dried ones and herbs let it soak for 1 day or so. Then you can use this for making tapenade.
4. Other than Tomato, olives, capers and Oil all other ingredients are optional add according to your taste.


1. You can add a spoon of Tomato Tapenade to the egg mixture when you make omelette's, tastes so so good.
2. You can stuff the tapenades in the Mushroom and add your favorite cheese and grill or bake in the oven.
3. Topping for the french baguettes, Crackers and breads.
4. Saute 2 tbsp while making Tomato or Olive pasta.

Hari Chandana P  – (March 18, 2010 at 9:50 AM)  

Nice One.. Looks tempting n inviting.. thanks for the recipe.. :)

Sushma Mallya  – (March 18, 2010 at 9:51 AM)  

would love to try out both these dips...sounds very interesting and such fantastic clicks too pavithra...very nice one, thanks for sharing

Priyameena  – (March 18, 2010 at 9:51 AM)  

Wonderful Spread..I too love eating Sandwich with these spread every Morning!

Nithya  – (March 18, 2010 at 9:54 AM)  

Looks interesting. But for sure I cant make it here. I wont get most of the key ingredients here :( thats really sad. :(

Sarah Naveen  – (March 18, 2010 at 10:03 AM)  

Awesome!!! This is new to me..
Looks super delicious..

Latha  – (March 18, 2010 at 10:10 AM)  

Dips look so inviting...would love to try it sometime...very nice pavithra, thanks for sharing.

Sailaja Damodaran  – (March 18, 2010 at 10:39 AM)  

Super learning lot of new dishes..........

Abhilash Pillai  – (March 18, 2010 at 10:41 AM)  

I was on a long journey that started from starvation and that ended in stomach filling delicacies. In both the cases I am unsatisfied :(

It has been a long time I visited here. Your recipes seem delicious as before. never heard of this french dish. Looks nice.

Hope the journey ends. I really miss my mother and her food. I will bookmark all these recipes so I can refer them at the end of the journey.

Saraswathy Balakrishnan  – (March 18, 2010 at 10:41 AM)  

Singapore treataa..super ma..looks so mouth-watering but I haven't try tis before there...

Tina  – (March 18, 2010 at 11:06 AM)  

Its new to me..Looks delicious and mouthwatering with tempting clicks...

Hamaree Rasoi  – (March 18, 2010 at 11:07 AM)  


The Dips look very tasty and delicious. The clicks make them appear so close to us that I can almost touch them.Great preparation.


Gita Jaishankar  – (March 18, 2010 at 11:17 AM)  

Awesome clicks Pavithra...I never tried making tapenades at home...we usually get the sun dried tomatoes I can try yours at home :)  – (March 18, 2010 at 11:59 AM)  

Awesome awesome awesome....lovely dips.....very tempting recipes dear...

Menaga Sathia  – (March 18, 2010 at 12:15 PM)  

சூப்பர்ர் பவித்ரா!!பகிர்வுக்கு நன்றி...

Malar Gandhi  – (March 18, 2010 at 12:43 PM)  

Very interesting recipe, as usual...simply adore ur pictures there, they make me drool:) I never heard abt this dish, thanks for sharing.

Jaya M  – (March 18, 2010 at 12:47 PM)  

Incredible pics ,makes me so hungry and learn a new thing from you thanks!
hugs and smiles

Vrinda  – (March 18, 2010 at 1:24 PM)  

Very new to me...looks really good,will giv a try sometime...

Cool Lassi(e)  – (March 18, 2010 at 2:47 PM)  

Lovely recipe dear. Bookmarking it.
Also, check out my latest post for an incredible giveaway. :)

Ushnish Ghosh  – (March 18, 2010 at 3:16 PM)  

Dear Pavithra
Very nice recipe..thinking of carrying the basic ingredients from here when I go home and will try.
Photo and description are great as usual
Have a nice weekend

Sowjanya@Ruchikacooks  – (March 18, 2010 at 3:23 PM)  

tempting presentation ;) Yummy.

Siddhi Shirsat  – (March 18, 2010 at 4:03 PM)  

wow lovely spreads...i vl definetly try thm soon...nice presentatn n clicks to...thnx for sharing

gtyuk  – (March 18, 2010 at 4:05 PM)  

both look great, we love it too!!! they are like bringing some sunshine in our plates even in winter...

FewMinute Wonders  – (March 18, 2010 at 5:11 PM)  

I usually pass on the store brand tapenades because they mostly have anchovies in them. I am glad to see this recipe without it.

Sumi  – (March 18, 2010 at 6:43 PM)  

great recipe.thanks.Never come across a recipe for Tapenades. Have bookmarked it. But have to get all the ingredients mentioned, in my weekend shopping

Rekha shoban  – (March 18, 2010 at 7:10 PM)  

tapenades looks very cute and colourful...nice click too!

Love2cook Malaysia  – (March 18, 2010 at 8:39 PM)  

Dear Pavithra...loved ur tapenades, though I've never had that b4. Lovely clicks! ;)

chef and her kitchen  – (March 18, 2010 at 9:06 PM)  

Never made this at home..:)
The recipe sounds simple n yummy.....I have everything other than capers...wondering whether I can prepare without it?

Anu Nandu  – (March 18, 2010 at 11:37 PM)  

They look gorgeous!'re blog is a busy place - I just saw your post in my feed and there are already 27 comments! Love the recipe - will try sometime!

Nisha  – (March 18, 2010 at 11:52 PM)  

Both tapanade looks heavenly

PriyaRaj  – (March 19, 2010 at 1:40 AM)  

Wow this looks amazing to me ..want to taste it right now...Asusual nicely presented dear ..

Padhu Sankar  – (March 19, 2010 at 3:04 AM)  

This is new to me .Sounds interesting and looks yummy!

Latha  – (March 19, 2010 at 9:14 AM)  

such a beautiful dish. My son would love this. Beautiful clicks.

Reeni  – (March 19, 2010 at 9:42 AM)  

What delicious tapenades! I love the tomato one!

Pavithra Srihari  – (March 19, 2010 at 9:58 AM)  

Its very new to me and asusual beautiful clicks

Dhanya Ganesh  – (March 19, 2010 at 12:06 PM)  

Wow..that sure does look delicious,And what a click mam..Awesome

Kalai  – (March 19, 2010 at 12:22 PM)  

Its totally new to me and the picture looks perfect. A great evening munch.

Panchpakwan  – (March 19, 2010 at 12:54 PM)  

Spreads looks fantastic Pavitra !
Nice click too..

Pam  – (March 19, 2010 at 1:05 PM)  

Both tapenades look and sound really tasty - great photos.

Anu  – (March 19, 2010 at 1:32 PM)  

wow wonderful spreads.. Looks tempting..

Unknown  – (March 19, 2010 at 1:35 PM)  

Looks like a great spread! I am so making this!!

Meena  – (March 19, 2010 at 1:57 PM)  

love the tapenade...awesome!!!

first time on your unique...will be back soon!

Priya Suresh  – (March 19, 2010 at 4:41 PM)  

Am an addict to olive tapenades, tomato tapenades looks great...feel like grabbing few from the clicks..

Raks  – (March 19, 2010 at 11:37 PM)  

I am new to tapenades,never tasted before,sure sounds good Pavithra,and I must say your photography too is very bright and clear now a days...:)

Deepa G Joshi  – (March 20, 2010 at 12:14 AM)  

hey love the recipe of the tapenades..very handy ingredients..delicious and tasty..

great clicks..

BeenaShylesh  – (March 20, 2010 at 12:28 AM)  

Its new to mee...presentation looks perfect..........

Krishnaveni  – (March 20, 2010 at 1:40 AM)  

You are really an artist. Very attractive. Keep it up. Love to follow you.

Cooking Foodie  – (March 20, 2010 at 2:32 AM)  

Wow these look beautiful, cud dip into one right now...

Myvegfare  – (March 20, 2010 at 7:11 AM)  

hi pavitra, thanks for your comment, I am so forgetfull, I don't know if this is my first time, these Tapenades look very good with olives which was what very interesting to me, I will give this a try!!, they look fantastic and lovely clicks too., you have a lovely blog too..

Aruna Manikandan  – (March 20, 2010 at 10:14 AM)  

Sounds new to me!!!

Thx for sharing this dear!!!
Tapenades looks very tempting .
Awesome clicks :-)

Hayley  – (March 20, 2010 at 10:44 AM)  

Both tapenades looks great..thanx for U.K very expensive..

Pete  – (March 20, 2010 at 11:57 AM)  

The Tapenades look good! Simple to prepare but delicious!

Urmi  – (March 20, 2010 at 12:51 PM)  

What a lovely dish. Absolutely new and interesting recipe. Looks delicious and tempting.

Unknown  – (March 20, 2010 at 2:15 PM)  

Tapenade looks fabu!I would have tasted it if u ar in LA ...missing all ur can u get such diff ideas ??
keep on rocking with such new variety dishes..:)

Simplyfood  – (March 20, 2010 at 5:16 PM)  

Lovely papenade.Beautiful clicks too.My first time here.I like your collection of recipes.

Valarmathi Sanjeev  – (March 21, 2010 at 9:59 AM)  

Looks tempting and yummy btw i liked the rect black plate.

Parita  – (March 21, 2010 at 10:11 AM)  

Something new! Love the tomato version! As usual a real treat for eyes :)

Rachana  – (March 21, 2010 at 11:56 AM)  

I love both these Tapenades like anything:) Oh how I wish to have some right now:) Lovely clicks and beautiful presentation:)

Anonymous –   – (March 21, 2010 at 11:40 PM)  

These are just lovely! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

MyExperimentsWithFood  – (March 22, 2010 at 1:45 AM)  

First time here. You have awesome collections.

Yasmeen  – (March 23, 2010 at 9:31 PM)  

I love to stock up on such spreads,fresh and homemade is even better :D

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