Potatoes with muhammara

October 18, 2010  •  Category:


Muhammara is my favorite dip; it is very rich, but so what? Eating  a rib-eye steak is a rich meal and at least here, the components are walnuts and red pepper and spices.

I have mixed muhammara with pasta.

Today, I am mixing it with a baked potato.

Come to think of it, you could have it with your favorite steak after all! Just grill it and serve it with.

This dish consists of potatoes, baked and mashed a bit and  mixed witha classic muhammara.


  • 2 cups of chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup of chopped kaak or bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup of olive oil, or as needed
  • 1 small white onion
  • 1 Tablespoon of pomegranate molasses
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup of hot  red pepper paste and (or) a few roasted red peppers from a jar
  • a pinch of sugar
  • 4 baking potatoes or a few cucumbers
  • salt to taste


  1. Place all these ingredients in a food processor. Run the machine for a minute or longer, depending on whether you like your dip smooth or chunky. Add some more olive oil if it is too stiff or more pomegranate molasses if you like it more fruity or more roasted red pepper if you like it not so spicy.
  2. Serve with a baked potato, either mixed with the potato flesh or as a dip next to it. Can also serve it with cucumbers, preferably the so-called Persian or Lebanese cucumbers.

NOTE: You can make the muhammara with a few tablespoons of hot red pepper paste; the roasted red peppers will mellow out the spiciness, if that is what you are after.


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  1. Rosa says:

    A fabulous combination! That is such a great recipe.



  2. A Canadian Foodie says:

    That dip sounds wonderful. I could eat it with a spoon. Do you toast the walnuts first? I guess it would add more flavour. I am definitely making this. Why have I not heard of it before. Simple and delicious. Rich? Because of the nuts and oil… but you only eat a little, right? Maybe not.

  3. Dana says:

    Gorgeous, just gorgeous. I’m totally making this tomorrow!

  4. eatingclubvancouver_ says:

    I’ve been wanting to make muhammara for the longest time, but I couldn’t think of what to pair it with (not wanting to pair it with bread). Potatoes might be just the thing.

  5. Lyndsey says:

    It looks incredible, I like rich flavors! Yum!

  6. Marcela says:

    WOW!!…..I felt in love with muhammara since I tried it in a Lebanese restaurant in Vancouver …..and now you post the recipe!!!!….I have everything, but the pomegranate molasses…..I will go to the Arabic store this weekend…..I will make it soon and let you know!!…..Thanks for this fantastic dip!!…..Abrazotes, Marcela

  7. Sushma Mallya says:

    This looks great, very yummy with potatoes…

  8. Amanda says:

    A beautiful combination – and perfect for steak or chicken!

  9. Priya says:

    Beautiful looking muhammara, feel like having some..

  10. Katerina says:

    I think I must start exploring the Middle-East kitchen. So beautiful aromas and flavors. I simply can’t resist.

  11. Cherine says:

    What a great combination!! I love it!

  12. Koek! says:

    I have got to get me some pomegranate molasses… I NEED to make this dish! x

  13. joudie's mood food says:

    Joumana, this looks so good and the colour of it is perfect. Adds to the depth of it. I love Muhammara. Lovely!

  14. Caffettiera says:

    I love muhammara as well. I usually prepare it when I make a barbecue, with leftover grilled peppers. Is it possible to buy the red pepper paste already made? That would cut down a lot of work..

    • Joumana says:

      @ Caffettiera: The red pepper paste in jars or cans is available at all middle-eastern food stores; it comes either in a mild version or a hot version (with chili peppers in the mix)

  15. mylittleexpatkitchen says:

    I’ve never made muhammara. I have to try it! From the look of it, I think I’ve been missing out. Spicy dip on baked potato? I’m sold 🙂

  16. Nuts about food says:

    mmmh…another one of those dips I will just have to try!

  17. peter says:

    Red peppers are where it’s at…love the jewels of pomegranates.

  18. deana says:

    It is like Mexican mole, isn’t it,but with more nuts than pepper? I do love my pomegranate so will give this a try… wonder how it is on turkey???

  19. Joanne says:

    How coincidental since I spent quite some time yesterday daydreaming about muhammara. This looks like a great way to liven up a potato!

  20. kouky says:

    comme j’adore les poivrons rouges et les noix , je ne peux qu’apprécier cette recette!! plus savoureuse et meilleure pour la santé que la classique farce au fromage dont on garnit les pommes de terres cuites au four! merci Joumana ! bises!

  21. T.W. Barritt says:

    Very interesting flavors, textures, and seasonings. We’ve had such great potatoes this season – I love to make a meal out of a potato with a great topping!

  22. Faith says:

    Wow, does that sound delicious and full of flavor! This is probably the most delicious-looking stuffed potato I’ve ever seen. 🙂

  23. SYLVIA says:

    Dips have a way of bringing people together, this fun potato boats filled with muhammara will get everyone talking. The walnuts let you know they’re the boss, and the pomegranate jewels get all the loving attention that they need, makes my mouth tingle, this is a fiesta of flavors in every bite. Joumana, you’re very artistic, and your food presentation is beautiful and very vivacious.

  24. Karen says:

    What a fabulous recipe! And such a nice change from bacon, cheese, and sour cream on baked potatoes. Delicious.

  25. elra says:

    My beloved favorite dip, I’d never get tire of muhammara !

  26. Rachana says:

    Very interesting flavours… I need to try this out 🙂

  27. Adelina says:

    My mom makes great mouhamara… so I never attempt making at home. I would love try your version and serve it to her… I think she would love it!

  28. Barbara says:

    I learn so much on your blog, Joumana! I’ve never heard of muhammara. It looks intensely flavorful…love the walnuts in it.

  29. Pauline says:

    I’d never heard of this, but it contains lots of ingredients I just love and what’s more it looks more than the sum of its parts ! Thank you.

  30. Ivy says:

    I have never tried mouhamara but sounds delicious.

  31. Nadji says:

    Une recette des plus originales.
    Je ne connaissais pas du tout.
    De plus, il n’y a que des choses que j’aime.
    A bientôt.

  32. Dee says:

    Well this looks so wonderful & better yet with those beautiful pomegranate seeds skimming over the top. How nice the presentation is!

  33. Katie @Cozydelicious says:

    This looks so amazing! I bet this makes an awesome dip for potato skins. I have yet to make my own, but my favorite local kebab house makes the most wonderful muhammara. I might just cheat and buy some of their for a potato skin dinner tomorrow night!

  34. Conor @ HoldtheBeef says:

    I love muhammara when I have tried it, but rarely think to make it. Such a great idea to put it in a potato! Why didn’t I think of that?

  35. Oui, Chef says:

    I love the idea of stuffed potatoes because it entices the kids to eat the skins as well….my favorite part. These sound so much more interesting (and healthy) than the American standard stuff ’em with cheese or sour cream…YUM! – S

  36. heguiberto says:

    How delicious this must be. I bet it would taste great too tossed over pasta or couscous.

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