The Ultimate Mhammara is the best tasting dip of the Middle East. Move over hummus, is mhammara time to shine! This sweet and savoury dip is sure to be a hit at your table or your next BBQ. It’s loaded with earthy walnuts, sweet roasted red peppers, and tart pomegranate molasses.
I promise it’ll be your next go-to, gluten-free, everything dip.
The Ultimate Mhammara is not your Average Dip!
Mhammara one of Syria’s most famous dip, yet renowned in some cities and utterly unknown in others.
It was a complete shock to me when I found this out, how could such an AMAZING dip not be as popular and as well know as hummus? Mind-blown!!!
This dip seriously has everything you could ask for⏤roasted sweet red pepper, earthy walnuts, tart pomegranate molasses, followed by some pungent garlic, spicy Aleppo pepper, and mellowed out with a drizzle of honey and hint of coffee to balance everything out.
Where talking *CHEF KISS* 👌🏼 perfection here my friends!!!
If you’re familiar with Mhammara, you might be wondering where’s the bread? Well, my recipe is a bit different than the traditional Mhammara, mainly because I omitted the bread crumbs and added a secret trick (coffee!!) to bring the flavours to the next level.
This ultimate muhammara recipe will be the one that all your friends will rave and beg for the recipe. You’ll be able to just smile and soak in all your culinary prowess. 😉
What You’ll Need to Make the Ultimate Mhammara Ingredients:
To make this mhammara, this is what you’ll need:
Walnuts: It’s best to purchase raw nuts and roast them yourself; this way, you’ll ensure they’re fresh. When storing natural walnuts, place them in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 6 months to maintain freshness.
Red peppers: I prefer using Turkish red peppers in this recipe, but any red pepper will work. You can even use jarred roasted red peppers. It’s a time-saving hack, but I have found that this recipe tastes the best when you roast the pepper yourself. Roasting the peppers can be done in the oven, on a grill pan, in a grill press, or you can wrap it in foil and place it in on your stove element and char section by section.
Garlic: 1 or 2, it’s up to you! I’m a huge garlic lover, so I always do 2.
Pomegranate molasses: This ingredient may not be available everywhere; you may have to order it on Amazon. Be sure to read the ingredient labels of this product, many manufacturers add sugar to the product to cut cost. Still, the real molasses should have nothing but pomegranate and citric acid in the ingredients. Magharit jeita is one of the best brands I’ve found for producing high-quality Middle Eastern products.
Honey: you don’t need much of this, a little honey adds a perfect touch of necessary sweetness to this dish.
Aleppo pepper: You add a bit of heat to this dip, not too much. You just need a little hit of heat after the sweet and savoury profiles of the dip to round off all the flavours.
Espresso: This is the secret ingredient to the best Muhammara you can make. You can use instant or regular expresso. If you leave it out, it’s not a deal-breaker, it just won’t be the best.
How to make the ultimate Muhammara
Your only three easy steps away from making the best tasting muhammara on the internet! Ok, maybe that’s a bold statement, but it’s damn good and super easy.
First, you dry roast the walnuts in a frying pan.
Second, you grill the red peppers on a grill pan or BBQ until the skin is charred, remove most of the charred bits — no need for perfectionism in this step. You can even skip this step and just use jarred peppers to save time.
Third, add everything into a food processor and blend until a chunky dip. Top with olive oil, pomegranate molasses & walnuts.
Now, use this dip on everything! 😉
Fun facts about eating Mhammara:
- It’s loaded with vitamin C up to 200% of your daily recommended amount!
- This dip is an excellent source of vitamin B6, folate, manganese, & folic acid.
- The red peppers are high in Vitamin A, C and lycopene, which a powerful antioxidant trio to prevent some cancers
- A high amount of vitamin E to keep you looking young.
- Thanks to the red peppers, this dish can activate thermogenesis and increase metabolic rate, with the rise in heart rate and blood pressure.
- Great for brain health thanks to the excellent source of omega 3 and other antioxidants
Serve the Ultimate Mhammara along with:
- Middle Eastern Whole Chicken along with pilaf
- Greek Grilled Chicken along with roasted veggies and pita bread
- Za’atar Chicken along with Batata Harrah and pita bread
- or my favourite way to eat it along with Hindbe and good crusty bread.