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