Muhammara: A hot pepper dip made from roasted red peppers, walnuts, breadcrumbs, and pomegranate molasses. (The Recipe)

Muhammara is a delicious and can be a spicy dip. It’s made primarily from red peppers and walnuts, and is flavored with pomegranate molasses, garlic, and spices.

Here’s a basic recipe to make Muhammara


  • 3 red bell peppers
  • 1 cup walnuts, lightly toasted
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses
  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (optional, for added tang)


  1. Roast the Peppers:
    • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
    • Place the red bell peppers on a baking sheet and roast them for about 25-30 minutes, turning occasionally, until the skins are charred and blistered.
    • Remove from the oven and cover with foil or place in a bowl covered with plastic wrap for about 10 minutes. This makes them easier to peel.
  2. Prepare the Peppers:
    • Peel the charred skin off the peppers, remove the seeds and stem, and chop them roughly.
  3. Make the Muhammara:
    • In a food processor, combine the roasted peppers, walnuts, bread crumbs, olive oil, pomegranate molasses, garlic, cumin, red pepper flakes, salt, and lemon juice if using.
    • Pulse until the mixture is well combined but still has some texture. You don’t want it completely smooth.
  4. Adjust the Flavor:
    • Taste the muhammara and adjust the seasoning, adding more salt, red pepper flakes, or lemon juice if needed.
  5. Serve:
    • Transfer the muhammara to a serving dish and drizzle with a little olive oil. It can be served with pita bread, crackers, or vegetables.
    • Muhammara can be enjoyed as a dip, spread, or a condiment.


  • Pomegranate Molasses: This is a key ingredient in muhammara, providing a unique sweet and tangy flavor. It can be found in Middle Eastern stores or online.
  • Texture: The texture of muhammara can vary from smooth to slightly chunky, based on your preference.
  • Storage: Muhammara can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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