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A Guide To Muhammara

by Fabian Jackson

3min read

Been wondering what this spicy Syrian dip tastes like, whether or not it’s vegan and how to make it yourself? Keep reading to find out all these things and more.

What is muhammara?

This classic Middle Eastern dip is made from hot Aleppo peppers and is a staple in Levantine cuisine. It’s comprised of either fresh or dried peppers, walnuts, breadcrumbs and olive oil, seasoned with garlic, lemon juice, salt, cumin and sometimes pomegranate molasses then garnished with fresh mint. 


Muhammara is commonly eaten as a dip or spread on bread but can also be used as a marinade in cooking. 

Where does muhammara come from?

Muhammara has its roots in Syrian cuisine, which is unsurprising considering its star ingredient is Aleppo peppers, but the dish can be found throughout the Levantine region of the Eastern Medditerenian of Western Asia.   

Is muhammara vegan?

Yes, muhammara is traditionally vegan – so dig in. The only exceptions are when it’s used as a marinade for meats or fish for obvious reasons.

Vegan muhammara recipe

muhammara dip

Photo credit: Cook For Syria

Check out this tasty plant-based muhammara recipe from Cook For Syria for all you need to know about making this spicy pepper and walnut dip.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.


By Fabian Jackson
Fabian Jackson

Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.

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