Total Time:

15 minutes



A few weeks ago, during a Sunday Funday outing with Jen, we encountered this new-to-us dip called Muhammara. Being the curious people we are, we obviously ordered it and then scarfed it down. Okay, well it was really me who did the scarfing, Jen has far more manners! It was delish! It’s a Mediterranean dish consisting of freshly roasted red bell peppers, toasted walnuts, pomegranate molasses along with a few spices and seasonings.

Muhammara from

Typically this dish also calls for aleppo pepper which is a little tough to find – so I opted for a blend of cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes. The result is a dip way more complex than hummus as it calls for freshly roasted red peppers which pack way more flavor than those found in a jar. The spices give it that extra depth and kick. Serve it with some freshly cut veggies or perhaps some pita wedges or even bread!

I’m a dip girl – I love having homemade dips on hand and am always snacking on hummus, guacamole, kopanisti and now this muhammara. You have to go make this – trust me – it will be your new fav dip and/or spread on a sandwich.


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Gaby Dalkin
Prep Time:
5 minutes
Cook Time:
10 minutes
Total Time:
15 minutes


  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 3 roasted red bell peppers
  • 3/4 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp McCormick Red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp McCormick Cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp McCormick Ground cumin
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


  • Toast the walnuts in a small skillet over medium high heat for 5 minutes - just until fragrant. Set aside.
  • Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth
  • Adjust seasoning if needed
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  1. Maris (In Good Taste)

    I wish I could dip right into this now! Healthy and so good!

  2. Jessica @ How Sweet

    I’ve never had this but wanted to try it. I think I’d love it!

  3. Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga)

    Muhammara. Never had it.

    Nor have I had pomegranate molasses but oh boy, I wanna start!!!

    sounds awesome!

    I just made avocado ice cream though and totally thought of you b/c I know how you love your avos, and guac πŸ™‚

  4. Heather (Heather’s Dish)

    Wow, what a flavorful dip! I’ve never actually heard of it til now, but I can only imagine I’d love it from the first bite!

  5. Monika

    Yum. This is going on my summer list…..assuming summer EVER arrives!!
    Pomegranate molasses may be a field trip to find, but sounds like it will be well worth the search!

  6. David

    Isn’t it the best? And the pomegranate molasses really makes the difference! I love the idea of serving it with celery – the first time we had it, it was served with pretzel sticks. Thanks for reminding me about this – time to make it again for the summer party season!

  7. Stephanie, The Recipe Renovator

    Wow, this looks incredible. I would have to make it with gluten-free breadcrumbs, but otherwise it totally fits my eating style. Lovely photo too! Will definitely try this.

  8. Heather Christo

    Gaby- you always have the best dips!! This one looks delicious! I just made kopanisti (uh, the confused version- and then realized you had a real one here.) I am going to have to refer my readers to your recipe.

  9. jenjenk

    oh, YAY!! I was so excited when I saw the photo and just HOPED that it was the fantastic dip we had!!! you are awesome!!! THANK YOU!!!

  10. marla

    I have seen this on menus but have never tried it. Must change that pronto. Ya think they have it at George’s??!!

  11. Allison [Haute Box]

    I am ALL over this! Making it very very soon.

  12. Miri Leigh

    Yum, looks like a wonderful dip! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  13. Lucy Lean

    I’m obsessed with all things pomegranate at the moment – and you know I love the good old red pepper sauce – can’t wait to try this.

  14. Dana

    This is one of my favorite dips. I make it for a lot of parties and inevitably someone asks what it is – it’s so unusual but very addictive. I’m a dip girl too!

  15. twomatoes

    we have it all the time, it’s my second fav after hummus ^_^ it’s very popular in middle eastern cuisine πŸ˜‰

  16. Ilke

    I love this dip too! I just found your site because I was going to post the same dip in Tasty Kitchen. After saw yours, decided not to! This is looking very good!
    For the comments asking where to find the molasses: Check your local Middle Eastern store, of check online some sites like or , they have the pomegranate molasses. It makes a whole world of difference in the dishes!

  17. Jade

    Oh no! Looks like the Muhamara recipe disappeared! Can you please re-post? Thanks!

    • Gaby

      Hey Jade! It’s showing up for me! Maybe try refreshing the page and let me know if that doesn’t help and I can email it to you

    • Jade

      Hi Gaby, Thanks for the response- sorry I sent like three posts, my computer was being slow. I still don’t see the recipe (but it may just be my computer). Muhammara is listed as the title, but the recipe attached has pasta, goat cheese, and basil in it. Could you please email it to me? I love this recipe! Many thanks!

  18. Rick

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but can’t you reduce pomegranate juice, such as POM, to make the molasses?

    • Gaby

      Yes! You absolutely can – I’ve never tried it – but pomegranate molasses is just pomegranate juice that has been reduced down, with or without sugar, to a thick, intensely flavored syrup.