Closet Cooking Logo

Muhammara (Middle Eastern Pepper and Walnut Dip)

Muhammara

I enjoy eating dips/spreads as snacks and I am always on the lookout for new ones. When I came across a recipe for muhammara I had to try it. Muhammara is a Middle Eastern dip made from peppers and walnuts. Roasted red peppers are one of my favorites foods and I liked the idea of a dip that was based on them and ground walnuts. I also liked that this recipe includes pomegranate molasses as I picked up a bottle a while ago and I hardly get the chance to use it. Many of the recipes that I came across called for aleppo pepper which I have heard good things about. I searched high and low for it but I was not able to find any so I used chipotle pepper instead. Like many dips, this one was as easy a mixing everything in a food processor. The muhammara turned out really well. It was nice and tasty and I really enjoyed the texture that the ground walnuts provided. All of the flavours mixed well and complemented each other and there was a nice heat to it. I served the muhammara with some toasted bread.

Ingredients:
3 roasted red peppers
3/4 cup walnuts (toasted)
1/4 cup whole grain bread crumbs
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon aleppo pepper (or chipotle pepper)
1 teaspoon cumin (toasted and ground)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses
2 tablespoons tomato paste
salt to taste

Directions:
1. Blend everything in a food processor until smooth. Add water to thin if desired.

Similar Recipes:
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
White Bean and Roasted Red Pepper Dip
Htipiti (Greek Feta Cheese Dip)

72 comments:

[eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

This dip sounds interesting. Love the combo of roasted peppers and walnuts. Bookmarked: thanks.

We Are Never Full said...

fabulous!!! looks delicious. With this recession in the US i've decided I've got to start making my own snacks. those snacks are expensive in the stores!

Elly said...

I don't think I have ever had this but it sounds so good. I am definitely bookmarking this one.

Rita said...

I love dips too. There is a Greek one that calls for walnuts and I love, I wonder if it is this one...

maybelle's mom said...

this would be a great afternoon snack in a bento.

Manggy said...

Arh, I've never seen pomegranate molasses before! But the muhammara looks so, so good. I'll be sure to seek it out when/if I'm abroad, thanks!

Commercial Cookware Vendors - Charles said...

About that Aleppo pepper...you can get that at Penzeys Spices. www.penzeys.com. They also have stores--not sure if there is one in your area. They are great for spices and herbs, too. Nice recipe.

Mrs Ergül said...

Wow this dip sounds great! I love the colour!

Lori said...

I have a recipe bookmarked in thios cookbook I just got. Now I know I need to make it! I would love to dunk into that!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

I love muhamarra and have added pomegranate molasses and aleppo pepper to my pantry so I'm always ready to make it at a moment's notice!

Helene said...

This is a treat that I love to make along hummus for quick snacks during the week. Yours looks yummy. I usually make pita chips with zataar to go with it.

Elra said...

Love this one, I made it for the daring baker challenge for the lavash crackers. It was delicious!

redforever said...

If you cant find pomegranate molasses, just buy some pomegranate juice instead, add a bit of honey or whatever for a little sweetener, put in a small saucepan and reduce until the right consistency.

Cakebrain said...

Mmmm. Looks scrumptious.

noobcook said...

This is the first time I've heard of muhammara and it sounds really good! You are so versatile in your cooking :)

Bridgett said...

I have tried this once before and you are right, it is delicious. Perfect for a dinner party.

kamailesfood said...

I've never heard of this dip before. I like roasted red peppers and walnuts though, so I imagine I'd like it.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A delightful dip! As soon as I'll be able to buy pomegranate molasses, I'll make it...

Cheers,

Rosa

cindy* said...

this sounds wonderful. i love, love anything with walnuts.

Nikolay said...

try green peppers with feta and garlic. no walnuts. Favourite dip to me.

FoodJunkie said...

I love Muhammara! Incidentally I made it two days ago. My guests always love it and it is easy to have roasted peppers in the freezer.

Clumbsy Cookie said...

I have never heared of Muhammara, but from the list of indredients I can imagone it being a wonderful snack!

Lori said...

I am a roasted red pepper fan too. All the dips I've found don't have a whole lot of flavor, but this one looks amazing. Such an interesting list of ingredients. I have to try this one.

VeggieGirl said...

Sooooo enticing!!

Robin Sue said...

Hi Kevin- Penzys has aleppo peppers.
http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penzeys/p-penzeysaleppopepper.html

ttfn300 said...

another delicious dish!! ;-)

Katie said...

Yum! Yum!! One of my very favorites!!

nicisme said...

Oh that looks good, I shall have to keep an eye out for pomegranate molasses.

Jesse said...

This is one of my favorite dips in the world. It's soooo good on sandwiches too! I can never find aleppo peppers so I use ancho. I'd never thought to use chipotles - now that sounds really delicious.

s said...

fantastic site!! thanks for spreading the love.

Katie said...

This looks perfect, my husband is sick of hummus, so this will be a great change of pace. Thanks for sharing.

Rachel said...

This looks so yummy! I'll definitely have to give this dish a try - using gluten free bread crumbs, of course.

Deborah said...

I was just thinking yesterday that I was craving a dip. This one sounds delicious!

Andrea said...

I love dips as well, and with veggies they can make really healthy snacks. I also have a bottle of pomegranate molasses that is being used only very slowly. I love the flavor, so I'll have to give this a go! It looks delicious!

We Are Not Martha said...

Mmmm I love Middle Eastern foods and eat WAY too much hummus, so this would be a welcome change for me :)

Sues

Happy cook said...

Wow this looks super yumm.
And beautiful colour. I remember when we were in Egypt they had a lot of different variety of dipps.
I have never seen here pomegranate molasses, will looks out for it nex time when i am in a speciality shop

cakewardrobe said...

What is pomegranate molasses? Sounds yummmyy!!! and spicy?

Kristy - Where's My Damn Answer said...

Oh My this sounds heavenly. I LOVE roasted red peppers. I'm going to have to try this one.

Thanks Kevin. :-D

Jan said...

Very interesting - Looks yummy

Maria said...

I love this stuff! I could eat it every day!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kevin - you can find the aleppo pepper at Penzey's spices (www.penzeys.com)...they have alot of hard to find spices and are of very good quality. I'm sure they ship to Canada.

-H

Heather said...

yum! that looks really, really good!! i love peppers and walnuts but wouldn't have thought to put them together. looks really tasty :)

Lisa said...

I've never heard of this dip before, but it just might go well with some spicy patties I am planning to make. Yum.

dlyn said...

Looks great - I will give it a try. I get allepo pepper at Penzey's I think - have to order it online because we live in a rural area with not a lot of good stores nearby.

Kevin said...

cakewardrobe: Pomegranate molasses is pomegranate juice that has been reduced to a syrupy consistency.

FoodJunkie: I roasted a froze a bunch of red pepper when they were plentiful as well.

Thanks for the penzeys link!

Daziano said...

I really enjoy your blog Kevin... you never know which surprise are you making, like this muhammara!

Jeena said...

Fabulous recipe Kevin! I would be so happy to eat this. :-)

Jan said...

This dip is a new one on me, but it sounds yummy.

Soma said...

this is fabulicious. I love dips and spreads too. I definitely try this out sometime...

Just recently I made hummus with roasted red peppers. hopefully will psot soon.

Holler said...

Wow, that looks really good Kevin :)

noble pig said...

The color is seasonally perfect!

Pearlsofeast said...

The picture and the dip is too enticing kevin, u always make me crave for good food.

Grace said...

this sounds almost as good as hummus, and looks even better. thanks for sharing!

Rosie said...

Oooh this looks fabulous! The combo of roasted pepers and walnuts in this dip sounds wonderful.

Rosie x

meeso said...

What a great color and I'm sure an awesome flavor!

Alexa said...

Muhammara is so addictive. Isn't it? After seeing it on your blog, I feel like making it again.

Jeanne said...

This combination of flavours sounds amazing. Now you make me feel bad for never thinking past hummus as a dip!!

Adrienne said...

Hi Kevin - there's a great spice shop in Cambridge, MA where I got my aleppo pepper, and I LOVE it. Shoot me an email with your address; I'd be happy to send some up to Canada :)

Jude said...

I love this dip. Looks like you got the perfect texture on it !

CECIL said...

Ooh..I ate this before at friend's place and remember how good it was! I love dips too! :)

Vanessa said...

This dip is also great as a sauce for BBQ chicken kebabs marinated with Ras El Hanout Moroccan spices. I added 3 tablespoons of yoghurt and 1-2 teaspoons of Harissa chilli paste instead of the aleppo pepper. I also omitted the breadcrumbs (for a better sauce texture), the tomato paste and the lemon juice (I found the pomegranate molasses and yoghurt to be tangy enough). Yummy!

Helen said...

Just looking for a muhammara recipe and came across your blog again. I've already made some and was wondering why yours was so red but I guess that's the tomato paste

Coffee and Vanilla said...

Never hear about Muhammara until I did today research on pomegranate... then searching recipes in my feed reader I came across your post :)
It has been mentioned in my post.
Have a great weekend Kevin, Margot

Wheel-Turner said...

Thanks for this recipe Kevin. I made it last week it was gobbled up quickly. It has very complex flavors and is pretty unusual in that it is so sweet.

saveur said...

Hey Kevin, Do you think anything could be substitute for the pomegranate molasses?

Kevin said...

saveur: If you can get pomegranate juice you can mke your own pomegranate molasses. Otherwise balsamic vinegar might do the trick.

Dorothy is said...

I'd never even heard of it til last month, when I tried it. Goodness... I couldn't stop myself! Ate the whole bowl (shame). Surprisingly awesome. Can't wait to make it myself.

YummyTummy said...

I love Muhammara!
You should also try it with grilled kebabs.
Scrumptious.

Anonymous said...

This is DIVINE! Thanks for the recipe.

Karen said...

Thank you so much for this recipe. It is my new favorite appetizer! I love it served with romaine lettuce leaves. I made it for my baby shower/bbq and it was a hit. I have sent many friends to your site for the recipe!
http://soilisforlovers.wordpress.com/2011/08/21/baby-shower-extravaganza/

mein-i-tüpfelchen said...

Thanks a lot fir this geat recipe. I searched a long time and this is the best one. In Germany, where i come from, the tomato paste tastes a little bit sweet, so i took less of it. Greetings from Wiesbaden in Germany, Alex

Anonymous said...

votre muhammar est très appétissant ! Ca donne envie de tremper son bout de pain dedans ! Miam

Post a Comment