Saturday, January 10, 2015

Muhammara Red Bell Pepper Dip from Middle East

BM # 48  Week 2  Day1

Muhammara is a red pepper and walnut dip which originated in Syria. It is one of the most popular dips in Middle Eastern Cuisine. This is a very simple dip and one just has to blend the ingredients to a paste. Now you have the choice to make the paste smooth or chunky, the taste is as awesome. We all are fond of these Middle Eastern dips. I have been making hummus which is the most popular dip from Middle East, but had never tried Muhammara. The mezze platters are incomplete without this dip.This is my post for the BM # 48 Day 1 under Middle East Cuisine.

1 big red bell pepper
1/2 onion
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup bread crumbs
Handful walnuts
1-4 tsp red chilly powder
1/4 tsp cuminseeds 
Lemon juice
Salt to taste

Roast the bell pepper on slow fire till completely charred.
Let cool.
Scrape off the charred skin.
Wash the pepper and chop it roughly.
Blend the bread crumbs in a food processor, adding a little water and making a purée.
Sauté the onion till golden.
Now add these onions to the bread crumb puree .
Also add the walnuts, pepper,chilly powder, cuminseeds, lemon juice , salt and olive oil.
Blend it to a smooth paste adding olive oil as needed to get the right consistency.
Serve as a dip with pita, wedges, chips or as a spread over a toast. It can also be served as a sauce with kebabs.

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  1. OMG! This looks so delectable. I love the way how you have presented the dip. This is how I see them in the store packages here.

  2. Looks so colorful and yummy...

  3. Roasted red bell pepper adds so much flavor and color. Lovely presentation.

  4. would love it with some pita bread!

  5. Awesome color and so flavorful, really nice dip and a beautiful pic.

  6. A lovely and interesting dip from the Middle East. Superb presentation too!

  7. I love this wit pita, tacos and jus about anythjg 😊

  8. Love that color. Amazing dip for pita chips

  9. Dip looks so interesting and colorful...wish to have some with pita bread..

  10. Love that striking color of the dip!! Grillled bell pepper must have given a wonderful taste to the dip!! I too chose to make dips for this week's theme!!

  11. Such lovely colour for the dip Vaishali..

  12. Dip looks so colorful and tasty. Bookmarked..

  13. Can smell the flavor of this highly inviting dip from here, loving it.

  14. Mmmmmmmmmmmm! Vaishali I want to get the dip off the screen. Love it.

  15. Delicious. .wanna have a dip of these with some chips!

  16. Colouful and flavouful dip....Looks so inviting!!!

  17. What a lovely color! Beautifully presented Vaishali

  18. Such a yummy looking red pepper dip.