The muhammara is a very creamy Arabic pate made with peppers and nuts that, although very popular throughout the Middle East, originates in Aleppo, Syria.
It is an exotic and addictive entrée very easy to prepare in which, despite the fact that peppers and nuts are the most outstanding, it is the pomegranate that has given it that unmistakable touch.
Thus, the combination of its ingredients creates a flavor very rich in nuances where spicy and sweet notes predominate, mixing with the intensity of the pepper.
This spread is ideal to accompany it with pita bread, naan (traditional bread from Central and South Asia), or toast, as well as grilled vegetables, nachos or chips, and even to spread on sandwiches.
As for its nutritional properties, this pate is, thanks to peppers and nuts, rich in beta carotene , lycopene , proteins , fiber , lecithin , polyphenols , omegas 3 , 6 and 9 ; vitamins A , C , E and group B ( B1 , B2 , B3 , B6 and B9 or folic acid ); calcium , phosphorus , magnesium , potassium , boron and copper .
In addition, pomegranate juice provides extra doses of vitamin A , vitamin C , folic acid and potassium , as well as carbohydrates , flavonoids , omega 5 fatty acids, potassium and, in smaller amounts, vitamin B5 , iron , sodium , selenium and zinc. .
Below you can see what ingredients you need and the steps to follow to make this starter so special and delicious.
|Difficulty level||Preparation time||Rations|
|Very easy||50 m.||For 500 grams|
- 2 red peppers
- 100 gr. of nuts (peeled)
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
- 80 ml. of pomegranate juice
- 1 date
- 2 spoons of breadcrumbs
- 1 pinch of Cayenne chilli
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 2/3 teaspoon of salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
- 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
- We wash the peppers and, with the oven preheated to 175º, we bake them for 40 minutes.
- When we have the roasted peppers, we take them out of the oven, wait for them to warm up, and peel them and remove the seeds.
- Bone the date and put all the ingredients in the glass of the blender. We beat well until we get a uniform and creamy texture, and serve.
- If you prefer, you can use packaged roasted peppers, which will save time, although the flavor may be somewhat different.
- If you want to make a gluten-free muhammara, you only have to use a gluten-free breadcrumb.
- The ideal is to accompany this spread with pita bread, naan (traditional bread from Central and South Asia), or toasts.
- If you do not have pomegranate juice by hand, you can do it without it, since despite the fact that the recipe changes, the result is also delicious.
- In case you prefer it less sweet, you can do without the date.
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