Mohammara: a Sweet and Spicy Spread

This spread is particular to Aleppo, Syria where piquant tastes are appreciated.  I use this spread on any dish that call for ketchup. You can  mix it with hommous and make very intriguing spread.  Serve with toasted pita chips in your next football party.

We know walnuts are good for the brain and the heart, chili good for joint,pomegranate for the kidney, olive oil for everything.  Which make this spread the appetizer for the body and the soul.

Mohammara

make 4 cups

1     medium onion, coarsely chopped

1     large red bell pepper, seeds removed and coarsely chopped

1     cup walnuts

4    slices couple days old white bread

1/4 cup pomegranate molasses*

1/4 cup Harrisa, red pepper spread **

1/4 cup olive oil

1      tablespoon freshly ground coriander

1      tablespoon freshly ground cumin

-Place the onion, the pepper, the walnut and the white bread in a food processor and process, using the on and the off bottom, until you have coarse mixture.

-Add the rest of the ingredients and process for extra round.  You should have semi-smooth spread with beautiful red color.

*Pomegranate molasses: Boiled down sour pomegranate juice, it can be found at any Middle Eastern and Health grocery stores.

**Harrisa: A red hot pepper paste.  You can find it at specialty stores.  If you can not find it, you can use 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper and 1 teaspoon tomato paste.

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