Traditional Muhammara (Syrian Hot Pepper Dip)


This is a traditional hot pepper dip/spread from Aleppo, Syria. It is quite popular in eastern Mediterranean dishes, especially Turkey. This is very traditional and authentic, and I am sure you will enjoy! Serve with traditional Turkish pide (or your favorite flat bread) or spread on crackers.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
8 servings


  • 2 sweet bell peppers, seeded and quartered

  • 3 slices whole wheat bread, crusts removed

  • ¾ cup toasted walnuts, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons Aleppo pepper

  • 2 teaspoons pomegranate molasses

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, coarsely ground

  • salt to taste

  • ½ cup olive oil

  • 1 pinch sumac powder


  1. Set oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

  2. Place the bell peppers with cut sides down onto the prepared baking sheet; roast under the preheated broiler until the skin of the peppers has blackened and blistered, 5 to 8 minutes.

  3. Toast the bread slices in a toaster and let cool; place into a resealable plastic bag, squeeze out air, seal bag, and crush with a rolling pin to make crumbs.

  4. Transfer peppers to a bowl and tightly seal with plastic wrap. Set aside until the skins of the peppers are loose, about 15 minutes; remove and discard skins. Mash the peeled peppers with a fork.

  5. Combine mashed peppers, bread crumbs, walnuts, lemon juice, Aleppo pepper, pomegranate molasses, garlic, cumin, and salt in a food processor; pulse the mixture a few times to blend before running at lowest setting. Slowly stream olive oil into the pepper mixture as it blends until integrated completely; transfer mixture to a serving dish. Sprinkle sumac over the mixture to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

236 Calories
22g Fat
9g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 236
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Sodium 53mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 41mg 206%
Calcium 32mg 2%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 191mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.