Have you heard of Muhammara before? A red and robust hot pepper dip originally from Aleppo, Syria, the word muhammara actually translates to “reddish” from Arabic to English. While the dip is often found in Levantine and Turkish cuisines, it has been making waves lately in America for its dynamic flavor profile and versatile uses—while we tend to love dipping veggies and crackers into it, muhammara is so much more than a simple spread.
Muhammara’s base is commonly made out of roasted red peppers; then, the peppers are puréed with walnuts, and a variety of spices to form the subtly sweet, nutty, and even slightly tart dip. If you’re interested in tasting this unique and surprising spread for yourself but don’t know where to purchase it, you’re in luck: we’ve put together a few of our favorite Food Monster App recipes that feature muhammara, so you can taste it in its purest, homemade form.
This recipe for muhammara is finished up with a little sweetening, tart lemon juice, and some pungent garlic. It has so much going on flavor-wise, which makes it really lively and a bit complex. It’s a little thicker than most dips thanks to the addition of bread and cracker crumbs and it’s super easy to make and easily modified to accommodate what kind of ingredients you have on hand.
Now, adapt to your dietary preferences! This Healthier Muhammara recipe by Linda Wagner makes great use of sprouted wheat bread.
This version is just as flavorful and easy to make as the original, but raw walnuts and sprouted grain bread give it a boost of whole grains, fiber, and good fats.
If you’re looking to boost your omega 3 and 6 intakes, this Chia Muhammara recipe by Florian Nouh is perfect for you.
Roasted chia seeds top this spicy dip, adding a touch of healthy fats and making it presentation-worthy. This is an intense flavor bomb of freshness that’s more than perfect for any occasion.
This recipe will give you some delicious homemade bread sticks with some cream dipping sauce to go along with them. Though the muhammara is milder than some traditional recipes, the chili in the bread give it the extra kick needed to make this snack stand out. These crunchy lye sticks are a perfect snack for any time and you can bring them anywhere.
This fettuccini is creamy, colorful, and bursting with flavor. Are you ready to embark on a wonderful trip of Turkish flavors?
If you’re interested in finding some more vegan spreads and dips, then we highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to ten new recipes per day. Check it out!
Lead image source: Muhammara Spread