Muhammara

This recipe is my take on muhammara, the Syrian red pepper dip. Nutty, zingy, spicy, and sweet, it's best enjoyed with warm pita and fresh veggies.

Muhammara

This recipe is my take on muhammara, the Middle Eastern red pepper and walnut dip. I love to make it in the summer, when peppers are abundant and a cool dip sounds like the perfect starting point for a meal or snack.

In case you’re not familiar with muhammara, here’s a little background: this punchy dip originated in Syria, and it’s now common throughout the Middle East. Its key ingredients are roasted red peppers, walnuts, breadcrumbs, chile flakes, and pomegranate molasses, which combine to make it thick, nutty, zingy, spicy, sour, and sweet. I still remember the first time I tried it at a restaurant – its bold flavor really wowed me. Now, I love making this version at home. I hope you do too!

Roasted red peppers, spices, breadcrumbs, walnuts, and olive oil in a food processor

Muhammara Recipe Ingredients

To make this muhammara recipe, you’ll need these basic ingredients:

  • Roasted red peppers – Use jarred ones, or roast your own.
  • Bread crumbs – They thicken the dip.
  • Walnuts – They make it rich and nutty.
  • Extra-virgin olive oil – It adds more richness and helps the ingredients blend together.
  • Garlic – For savory bite.
  • Fresh lemon juice – It adds brightness.
  • Ground cumin – For earthy, aromatic flavor.

You’ll also need two special ingredients: pomegranate molasses and Aleppo pepper flakes.

Pomegranate molasses is very concentrated pomegranate juice. It has a syrupy consistency and a bold tart/sweet flavor. I highly recommend seeking it out for this muhammara recipe, as it gives the dip the perfect balance of sweetness and tang. Look for it in a well-stocked grocery store, a Middle Eastern market, or online. If you can’t find it, you can sweeten the dip with maple syrup and add extra lemon juice. Find measurements in the recipe below.

Aleppo pepper flakes are named after the Syrian city of Aleppo. They have a bold red color, a medium heat level, and a sweet/salty finish. If you can’t find them, swap in half the amount of regular red pepper flakes.

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Muhammara dip in a food processor

Though muhammara is traditionally made with a mortar and pestle, I like to use a food processor to simplify the process. Just add all the ingredients, and pulse until smooth. Season to taste and enjoy!

Easy muhammara recipe in a food processor

Muhammara Serving Suggestions

The simplest way to serve this muhammara is on its own as a dip. Scoop it up with warm pita bread, pita chips, crackers, or fresh veggies like cucumbers, carrots, or radishes. It’s also a wonderful addition to a mezze platter. Pair it with another tasty spread or two, fresh veggies and pita, and flavorful nibbles like olives, cheese, or roasted nuts. Set out the platter for guests to graze on at a gathering, or enjoy it as a casual, no-cook summer dinner.

Want more ways to use muhammara?

How do you like to serve muhammara? Let me know in the comments!

Muhammara recipe

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Muhammara

rate this recipe:
5 from 16 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Serves 4 to 6
Muhammara is a Middle Eastern roasted red pepper and walnut dip that originated in Syria. Nutty, zingy, spicy, and sweet, it's fantastic on pita, fresh veggies, and more. Use jarred roasted red peppers in this recipe, or roast the peppers yourself.

Ingredients

  • 3 roasted red bell peppers
  • ½ cup bread crumbs, fresh or store-bought
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • tablespoons pomegranate molasses*
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Aleppo pepper or ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Fresh mint, for garnish
  • Pita bread, for serving

Instructions

  • In a food processor, place the red peppers, breadcrumbs, walnuts, olive oil, pomegranate molasses, garlic, lemon juice, Aleppo pepper, cumin, and several grinds of pepper. Pulse until creamy and season to taste.
  • Garnish with fresh mint. Serve with pita bread or follow one of the serving suggestions in the blog post above.

Notes

*If you don’t have pomegranate molasses, replace it with 2 teaspoons maple syrup and add an additional 2 teaspoons lemon juice.

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  1. Sue M
    02.05.2024

    5 stars
    This recipe is fantastic!

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)
      02.09.2024

      Hi Sue, so glad you loved it!

  2. Lisa
    12.21.2023

    Hi! I’m trying this recipe for a Christmas appetizer, but I don’t have a food processor. Would I be ok to use an immersion blender?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      12.22.2023

      Hi Lisa, I think the mixture is too thick and chunky for an immersian blender.

    • Beth
      12.26.2023

      5 stars
      I made it with an immersion blender Worked out okay

  3. Debra
    11.20.2023

    Would you recommend rinsing jarred pepper to remove brine?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      11.23.2023

      Hi Debra, I don’t.

  4. Debra
    11.08.2023

    How far in advance can i make this recipe? Planning on a Mezze platter for Thanksgiving lunch; big meal is ~4:00 – 5:00 pm.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      11.09.2023

      Hi Debra – up to 5 days stored in the fridge.

  5. Seemi
    10.19.2023

    5 stars
    Yummy yum! I just added 2 tsp of sriracha in instead of aleppo and it tastes great! Thanks for such an easy recipe

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)
      10.20.2023

      Hi Seemi, so glad you loved it!

  6. Gwen
    02.25.2023

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! Roasted my own peppers, which I think is well worth the effort.
    I did add another 1/2 tsp of lemon juice to add a bit more brightness, and 3/4 tsp of sea salt suited our taste. Thank you for this great recipe, lots of amazing ways to use it!

  7. Carli
    02.19.2023

    5 stars
    It’s amazing. I made the whole mezze platter plus hummus – this was the best dip and it was gone by the end of the evening! Didn’t tweak recipe, used jarred roast peppers, was perfect.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      02.20.2023

      Hi Carli, I’m so glad you loved everything on the platter!

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