Muhammara – Middle Eastern Red Pepper Dip

Muhammara 1 by With A Spin

Being an avid fan of hummus and baba ganoush, I thought of trying out another Middle Eastern dip, Muhammara. A colorful, vibrant dip, often found in Lebanese, Syrian or Palestinian mezze, made of red bell peppers, walnut and pomegranate molasses. My oh my, did we become addicted to muhammara or what! I am salivating just at the thought of muhammara as these pictures were taken few months ago! It’s that good, my friends.

Muhammara 2 by With A Spin

A word of caution on the pomegranate molasses, I must mention. If you plan on tasting the molasses as the pomegranate juice cooks down, by all means, please start with a larger quantity of juice. I made the mistake of tasting the molasses, and ended up with nothing for the muhammara, so had to start a new batch all over again.

I also had to restrain myself from licking the pot. That wouldn’t be a good example in front of my little girl, who’s watching every step I take and learning from it, would it?

Red Pepper dip 2 by With A Spin

What I like most about muhammara is how versatile the dip can be. Serve as a dip with pita or fresh vegetables. Better yet, make a pita sandwich with muhammara spread and some delicious kafta or kabab.  Call me insane, but I love it as a chutney with rice too.  A spicy, sweet, tangy, healthy dip that is sure to satisfy any palate. Also, love the vibrant color it adds to the table.

Muhammara 4 by With A Spin



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  1. says

    Lail: How interesting this dip is not only for the spicy, red pepper flavor but because is made from a pomegranate syrup as well. It is though the result of a combination of flavors. Love it!!!!