Got red peppers in your crisper? Walnuts too? Then, you’re right on track to make this wonderful dip. It’s super easy too – just toss everything in the food processor or blender, and whiz it around a bit. Done!
I first was introduced to Muhammara with Kimberly Snyder’s book, Beauty Detox Foods, and at first taste, I was in love! It’s so unique. It has a great texture and a flavor that will blow your mind!
I’ve served it with some great raw veggies, but traditionally, this Syrian dish is served with flat breads, spread on toast, or used as a sauce for kebabs. If you thinned it out with a bit more lemon juice or apple cider vinegar, it would be a rock-tastic salad dressing!
This dip is packed with nutrients too – amino acids, omega fats & vitamins from the walnuts are great for your skin! It helps you stay moisturized and helps with repairing, and defending against harsh elements and dryness. They also contain melatonin, which helps us sleep restfully – also good for skin regeneration!
Red peppers are chock full of vitamin C, and the mineral silicon. This mineral diminishes wrinkles and, like walnuts, keeps the skin supple.1 This dish is a win-win for your skin!
When writing this post, I searched for some Syrian metal to pair with this dish. That’s how things roll around here. It’s not new news that Syria is in the middle of a Civil War, but what I found on the interwebs was a documentary about how Syrian metal-heads are using metal as a means to cope with the horrors that are an inevitable part of war. A man named Monzer Darwish set out to tell the story of these metal heads and the state of metal itself in Syria. Here, metal is much more than a genre of music, but a lifestyle of which everyone is a part. They are trying to find peace amidst the desolation and destruction.
If you want to read more on this documentary, here are some great links:
Syrian Metal is War – facebook page
Syrian Metal is War: An Interview with Filmmaker Monzer Darwish – Metalsucks.net
Surviving Syria’s Civil War With Heavy Metal – TheAtlantic.com
At the end of the Metalsucks.net article, they give a list of Syrian metal bands to check out. Slumpark Correctional caught my attention, because I love metal of the thrashy flavor, AND they re-did a Sepultura classic, Refuse Resist! THE RADDEST!!! So, that’s what I’m listening to right now, enjoying not only the music, but the cuisine that Syria has to offer.
Until next time METAL FAMILY,
Slumpark Correctional – F.T.U.N.
- 1 Cup Roasted Red Peppers
- ½ Cup Walnuts
- 1 Clove Garlic
- 1 Teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 Teaspoon Serrano Chiles , chopped
- 1 Tablespoon Nutritional Yeast
- ½ Teaspoon Salt
- ¼ Teaspoon Pepper
- Walnuts & Sprouts for garnish(optional)
- Place all ingredients in a food processor, and blend for about 30 – 60 seconds until smooth.
- Place in a serving bowl, and serve with raw veggies. I used carrots, celery, grape tomatoes, cucumbers, and broccoli.
1 Beauty Detox Foods by Kimberly Snyder