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Muhammara - Roasted Red Pepper & Walnut Spread

36 min



10 ingredients or less

Muhmammara is a delicious roasted pepper spread, originally from Syria. Variations can be found throughout the Middle East and Balkans. If you are looking for a change from the usual hummus, give this zesty, nutty, creamy, and spicy dip a try!


(¼ cup per serving)


36 min


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  • 2
    red bell peppers, seeds removed, halved
  • 1 tsp (5 mL)
    olive oil
  • ½ cup (44 g)
    raw walnuts
  • ⅔ cup (72 g)
  • ½
    lemon, juiced
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL)
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL)
    olive oil
  • 1
    clove garlic
  • 2 tsp (10 mL)
  • 1 tsp (2 g)
    ground cumin
  • ½ tsp
  • ⅛ tsp
    cayenne pepper , or more to taste

Optional garnishes

  • pomegranate seeds
  • small pita bread
  • lemon slice

Make your own


  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F (230°C). Toss the bell peppers and oil on a lined baking tray and roast for 20 minutes. Rotate once halfway to ensure even cooking.
  2. Then add the raw walnuts to the baking tray and continue to roast for another 5 - 6 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Once cool enough to handle, pull the skin off of the bell peppers.
  3. Place all the ingredients, except for the walnuts, in a food processor and blend until smooth. Then add the walnuts and blend only momentarily so the walnuts are coarsely chopped to give the dip some texture.
  4. Taste test, add more seasoning if desired, and enjoy!


  • Speed it up by using jarred roasted bell peppers.


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Kata Szilvia Papp - Jan. 29, 2024, 8:51 p.m.

I made this recipe for board game night, everybody loved it, we couldn't stop eating! 😀
I did not have breadcrumbs, so I dried a whole grain tortilla in the oven in the last five minutes together with the walnuts, and used that in the blend.

PUL Team - Jan. 31, 2024, 6:48 a.m.

A lovely idea to use a whole grain tortilla, Kata! Board game night sounds so fun as well 🙌

Martunia - Nov. 3, 2023, 9:57 a.m.

I recommend chopping the roasted walnuts and adding them to the spread instead of adding the whole nuts into the blender - the paste is so thick my blender refused to chop them 😜 😀

Caroline Ø. Dalili - July 18, 2023, 3:15 p.m.

The taste is great, i added some water as the paste was a bit dry. But really recommend 👍

Sofie - July 6, 2023, 7:04 p.m.

So easy and SO GOOD

Rebekah - Feb. 24, 2023, 11:15 a.m.

Do you have a swap suggestion for the pomegranate molasses? I don't want to commit to buying a full bottle without any other uses for it!

PUL Team - Feb. 25, 2023, 3:51 p.m.

Hey Rebekah! We haven't tried it, but we've heard that mixing sugar and lime or lemon juice works well in other recipes. If you want to try it out, you could start with half (such as half a tablespoon for six servings) and add more if needed to taste 🙂 With that said, pomegranate molasses is a wondering ingredient to have in your pantry, delicious to use in salad dressings, marinades, and as a glaze on roasted veggies 🤓

Nada - July 30, 2021, 4:41 p.m.

Loved it! Thank you, Sadia for this recipe :)

Jella - July 19, 2021, 7:07 p.m.

so much better than store bought muhammara and easy to make as well