Muhammara (also known as ajika) is a spicy pepper dip that originally hails from Syria but is also found in Palestinian, Lebanese and Turkish cuisine.

It is usually very hot and used sparingly as a condiment, but I have toned down its spiciness so you can enjoy it as a dip with vegetables or a spread on Norwegian crispbread, in wraps or hamburger buns.

Other possible applications include serving it as a sauce for kebabs, grilled meats, and fish, stirring it into chickpea or lentil stews, mixing it into pasta, as a relish on a Mediterranean mezze plate or as a zingy accompaniment to a simple plate of rice and beans.

Enjoying healthy fats and vegetables never was easier or tastier.

Muhammara (roasted red pepper & walnut dip)

Keyword: 15 Minutes Max., Appetizers & Snacks, Dips, Sauces & Dressings, Keto (or can be), Low-Carb
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 12 servings of 2 tbsp
Calories: 151kcal
A smoky, spicy eastern Mediterranean dip of bell peppers, walnuts, herbs and spices
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  • 1 food processor or blender


  • cups walnut halves
  • 12 oz roasted red peppers in brine; drained. You can roast fresh bell peppers yourself -- see note below.
  • ½ tsp salt
  • black pepper freshly ground
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp pepper flakes ideally Aleppo-style pepper flakes, such as these
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • a pinch chipotle powder chipotle or other chili powder
  • 2 tbsp pomegranate syrup here's the brand I use; available at Mediterranean.Middle Eastern markets or online. If you can't find it, you can substitute it with balsamic vinegar reduction.


  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Place the walnuts on a baking sheet and toast for 7-8 minutes, until fragrant. Remove and cool.
  • Tip the drained peppers into the food processor or blender along with all the other ingredients. Process for about 30 seconds; stop to scrape any bits off the sides with a spatula, then process again for a minute. Don’t worry if small pieces of nut remain -- this gives an interesting texture to the dip.
  • Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately or refrigerate in a tightly sealed container. If you plan to store it for longer, cover the surface with a thin film of olive oil to prevent spoilage.


Note: If you are roasting peppers from scratch, preheat the broiler on “high”, line a baking tray with parchment paper and broil the peppers for 30-40 minutes, rotating every 10 minutes, until their skins are blackened and blistered all around. Tip the hot peppers into a bowl, cover with a plate so the steam can’t escape; the hot steam will loosen the skins and make the peppers easy to peel. After 10 minutes, peel and de-seed the peppers. (If you broil more than that – which I strongly advise as they are a delicious to keep on stand-by – peel these too and refrigerate them in a tightly sealed container, tossed in some olive oil.)


Serving: 2tbsp | Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 488mg | Potassium: 115mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 258IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg