Sunday, January 6

Muhammara

Sometimes we like cooking something fancy in our kitchen right, muhammara fell on my sight for such a trial.  This is a Syrian dip made primarily out of red bell pepper and walnut which I replaced with almonds. I had bought this lovely bright triangles from store though. Until I ate it, I did not think that it could taste as good as it looks, yummm... If you have the required ingredients at home, it is worth a try definitely.


Ingredients:


1. Red bell pepper - 1 large
2. Walnut or roasted almonds - 1/2 cup
3. Garlic - 4 cloves
4. Roasted cumin seeds - 1/2 tbsp
5. Crushed pepper - 1 tsp
6. Cinnamon powder - 1/2 tsp
7. Chili powder - 1 tsp
8. Salt to taste
9. Bread crumbs - 1/2 cup
10. Lemon - 1
11. Olive oil - 1/4 cup

Method:


Step 1: Wash and pat dry the bell pepper. Brush some olive oil onto the surface of it and roast it on direct stove. You can also roast it in a microwave oven. Cool it down, peel of the charred skin, de-seed and chop them roughly.


Step 2: Now in a mixer jar, add bell pepper and all other ingredients and grind into a thick dip. (My bell pepper is not roasted enough and hence looks stiff; ideally it should be pliable)


 Step 3: Garnish with coriander or mint and drizzle some olive oil over it and serve with crispy nachos/ tortilla chips.


TIPS:
* Pomegranate molasses is another key ingredient used in traditional recipes of muhammara, you may get that sweet and sharp pungency by adding it. 
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