Muhammara Roasted Red Pepper Dip

On August 23rd, my husband and I celebrated five years of marriage.  We decided to try out a cozy little Syrian restaurant, Damas, in Montreal.  The menu was small, but filled with mouth-watering dishes.  We probably ordered one of everything that night, our eyes bigger than our stomachs.  One of our favourite dishes was their traditional Syrian red pepper appetizer, muhammara.   This popular dish originates from Aleppo, Syria, which is known for its striking red chili peppers.   I tried to store the flavours in my mind to try to replicate the dish at home, but seeing as that was over a month ago, I also looked online to see how it is traditionally made.  I discovered many similar recipes, but there are also quite a few variations.  Some use hot chili pepper, dried chili, chili paste, or simply roasted red bell peppers.  If you have made it before, I’d love to know what you used!

homemade muhammara

This is delicious served with toasted pita triangles or fresh vegetables such as celery, bell peppers, or carrots.  I also like to top it with some toasted walnuts or pistachios for added flavour and presentation.

Homemade Muhammara

Yield: 1 3/4 cups

Ingredients

  • 7 ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained
  • 1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, lightly toasted and chopped finely
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 2 teaspoons pomegranate molasses, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients into a food processor except for olive oil, and gradually add in the olive oil until everything is well combined and you have a smooth consistency.
  2. Transfer the muhammara to a bowl, drizzle with pomegranate molasses and serve at room temperature with the toasted pita triangles or fresh vegetables.
  3. Enjoy!
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homemade muhammara

 

Comments

  1. Well that looks just lovely! I’ll give this a try! Never heard of this, but I’m betting it is super tasty! Also, happy belated wedding anniversary! πŸ™‚

  2. Beautiful Sophia πŸ™‚

  3. Looks great! My family was from a different part of Syria, we never had this. But I’d love to try it!

    • Great! Where from? You should give it a try, it’s super easy and delicious.

      • They were from Damascus. Although I’m not sure if our family’s food is truly Damascene, or just the unique stylings of my great-grandmother. I don’t think she learned to cook until she came to the US because her parents died when she was still very young.

      • Oh, interesting! I learned a lot from my grandmother, unfortunately she passed away when I was quite young so a lot of it, I don’t remember πŸ™

      • Oh, I’m sorry πŸ™ We really can learn so much from our grandparents. Wish they could be with us forever. Memory eternal.

      • You are so right.

  4. Happy anniversary chica!! My husband and I recently celebrated our 5-year too!! Celeste πŸ™‚

  5. This is awesome, Sophia! I wish I could dig in! Hope you had a lovely day with your hubby. Best wishes for the coming year! πŸ™‚

    • I wish you could dig in, too! We devoured it! πŸ™‚
      We had a really lovely date, of course, just our luck with a small child, my mum called us half way through dinner and he was running a high fever….we scurried off with lots of our dinner packed away. It’s life! πŸ™‚

  6. Happy Anniversary!!

  7. Looks delicious! Happy anniversary!

  8. naturalfuel says:

    MMM looks delicious!!!

  9. You know I love this kind of food! I’ve never made my own muhammara but have enjoyed it many a time out at restaurants.
    Happy anniversary!

    • I made it again for thanksgiving and it was even better the second time around. I love it!
      Thank you for the good wishes! πŸ™‚

  10. Looks wonderful! Is pomegranate molasses difficult to find? This is right up my alley! Thanks for the post!

    • Hi Susan! It was a little tricky, I do most of my grocery shopping at a store called Adonis, it’s Middle Eastern and Lebanese inspired, so I got it there. What part of the world do you live in?

  11. Congratulations on 5 years! Sounds like you had a good night. Your dip looks delicious, I’ve never heard of this appetizer before, but definitely something I want to try πŸ™‚

    • Thank you so much! I made this dip again over thanksgiving weekend, it was such a hit. It is delicious and very simple to make. Let me know if you try it! πŸ˜‰

  12. This looks AMAZING! I am such a dip lover (who isn’t? :)) and I am excited to try anything that looks so beautiful, flavorful, and unique! Yay! Thanks.

    • I really thin you will love it! I’ve made it so many times since I discovered it.
      Thanks for stopping by!
      Sophia πŸ™‚

  13. This looks incredibly delicious. I’ve never heard of pomegranate molasses. Can you make it yourself or buy it at a store? It sounds heavenly. Congrats on 5 years!

  14. Oooh, looks heavenly! Are the pomegranate molasses omitable/subbable do you reckon? I do actually know where I could get some – I just don’t want to end up with a jar of stuff I’ll only use once in a blue moon πŸ˜›

    • Sophia | Love and Lentils says:

      Hi Shonalika – the pomegranate molasses is a must. πŸ™‚ It adds such a nice sweet and tangy flavour and luscious colour to the dish. It keeps very long, so even if you buy a bottle, it’ll last forever haha! There’s other uses for it, as well – think about using it in your salad dressings or drizzled over roasted vegetables! Hope this helps.

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