Muhammara

Muhamarra is the most loved dip amongst my family and friends. This middle Eastern dip has real bold flavours. It originated in the Syrian city of Aleppo. The Aleppo red chillies used in the dip provide it mild heat with a slight tangy undertone. Since I didn't have Aleppo peppers I have used pickled Jalapeño. You can also use a fresh red chilli.

Muhamarra is robust, smokey, sweet, tangy and slightly spicy.

So what are we waiting for. Let's make it.

Ingredients

Red Bell peppers 2 large

Pickled Jalapeño 1

Walnuts 50 gms

Bread crumbs 1/2 cup

EVOO 2 tbsp +1 for garnish

Cumin pd 1 1/2 tsp

Pomegranate molasses 2 tbsp

Salt 1 tsp or to taste

Sugar 1 tsp

Garlic cloves 3 large

Method

  1. Wash and pat dry the bell peppers.

  2. Apply little oil and salt and roast in the oven for 20 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius.

  3. Turn them over once.

  4. Once done remove them into a glass bowl and cover with cling film.

  5. Once peppers cool down, peel them and remove seeds.

  6. Pulse these with all the other ingredients.

  7. You can keep it chunky or make a smooth puree.

  8. Remove in a bowl. Taste and adjust seasoning.

  9. Garnish with some more extra virgin oil and a sprinkle of paprika powder.

  10. Serve with homemade lavash or pita chips.

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