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Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi's Muhammara

Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi’s Muhammara – #CookForSyria

Muhammara is a classic Levantine dip can be made in a food processor, but it will lose some of its lovely texture. I’d use a pestle and mortar if you can. Muhammara keeps well, and even improves after a day in the fridge. Just don’t serve it fridge-cold.


  • 3 red peppers
  • 50g fresh breadcrumbs
  • ½ tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • 1½ tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp dried aleppo chilli flakes
  • 1 small garlic clove, peeled and crushed
  • 50g walnuts, finely chopped by hand
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra to finish
  • salt


Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi's Muhammara
Step 1

Heat the oven to 200C/390F/gas 6. Put the peppers on a tray and roast for 30-35 minutes, turning occasionally, until they are cooked and the skin is blackened. Put the peppers in a bowl, cover with clingfilm and, once cool enough to handle, peel and discard the skin and seeds.

Step 2

Pat the peppers dry and place in a mortar. Add the breadcrumbs, lemon juice, molasses, cumin, chilli and garlic. Work this with a pestle until well combined, but not so much that the peppers no longer have a noticeable texture.

Step 3

Stir through the walnuts, a quarter-teaspoon of salt and the olive oil. Add more pomegranate molasses and salt to taste, you want the flavours to be pretty intense. Spoon the muhammara dip into a shallow bowl, using the back of a spoon to give it a wavy texture, and drizzle with a little olive oil. Serve at room temperature.

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Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi donated this recipe to Cook for Syria.