Radiant Muhammara: A Symphony of Red Pepper and Walnut


Embark on a flavor adventure with Radiant Muhammara, a vibrant and rich dip that hails from the culinary traditions of the Middle East. This exquisite blend of roasted red peppers and walnuts, accented with pomegranate molasses and garlic, creates a symphony of sweet, tangy, and nutty flavors. Its stunning red hue and complex taste make Muhammara a captivating addition to any meze platter or a delightful spread for bread and crackers.

Radiant Muhammara: A Symphony of Red Pepper and Walnut

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes (for toasting walnuts)
  • Total Time: 25 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 6 people
  • Serving Size: 1/4 cup

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 150 kcal
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 9 g
  • Fat: 12 g
  • Sodium: 150 mg
  • Fiber: 2 g


  • Roasted red peppers: 400 grams (14.1 ounces / 0.88 pounds)
  • Walnuts, toasted: 100 grams (3.5 ounces / 0.22 pounds)
  • Bread crumbs: 50 grams (1.76 ounces / 0.11 pounds)
  • Garlic cloves, minced: 10 grams (0.35 ounces / 0.022 pounds)
  • Pomegranate molasses: 30 ml (1 ounce / 0.066 pounds)
  • Olive oil: 30 ml (1 ounce / 0.066 pounds)
  • Ground cumin: 5 grams (0.18 ounces / 0.01 pounds)
  • Chili flakes: 2 grams (0.07 ounces / 0.004 pounds)
  • Salt: 5 grams (0.18 ounces / 0.01 pounds)

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Toasting Walnuts: Toast walnuts in a dry skillet until fragrant and slightly browned.
  2. Blending: In a food processor, combine roasted red peppers, toasted walnuts, bread crumbs, garlic, pomegranate molasses, olive oil, cumin, chili flakes, and salt. Blend until smooth.
  3. Chilling: Refrigerate the Muhammara for at least an hour to allow flavors to meld.
  4. Serving: Serve chilled or at room temperature, drizzled with a bit more olive oil.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Use high-quality roasted red peppers for a deeper flavor.
  • Adjust the amount of chili flakes to control the spiciness.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make Muhammara without pomegranate molasses?

Pomegranate molasses is key for its unique flavor, but in a pinch, a mix of lemon juice and honey can be used.

How long does Muhammara last in the fridge?

Stored in an airtight container, it can last up to one week.

Can Muhammara be used as a sauce for pasta or other dishes?

Absolutely! Its rich flavor makes it versatile for various culinary uses.