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Muhammara: Syrian Red Pepper Spread


  • 1 tablespoon crushed chilli flakes or 1 small red chilli chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3/4 cup walnuts toasted (you can use any nut you want, but walnuts are the most authentic)
  • 1/4 cup whole-grain bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2 to 3 roasted red peppers
  • 1/2 to 1 cup warm water
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt


  • Using a hand blender or a food processor, puree the chilli flakes (or the chopped chilli), cumin, garlic, walnuts, bread crumbs, olive oil, pomegranate molasses, tomato paste, and red peppers to a smooth, even consistency.
  • Mix in the warm water in increments to achieve an easily spreadable consistency similar to a thick yogurt. If you’re going to use it for dipping, you might want to leave it a bit thicker.
  • Stir in the salt and adjust the seasonings if needed.
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