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Hi! 

So happy you passed by!  Vegetarian? Plantbased? Or just looking for healthier options for your diet? It doesn't really matter! I myself am what I like to call an "amateur vegan". Still experimenting and trying new things on daily basis and I truly love this process! Join me! 
I made this blog simple and visually incentive so that you could come back and browse for inspiration whenever you need it! 

Muhammara's Cousin - Grilled Red Pepper & Roasted Sunflower Seed Dip

Muhammara's Cousin - Grilled Red Pepper & Roasted Sunflower Seed Dip

I am a huge fan of dip sauces. I serve at least 2-3 different dips on my party platters. Oh, party platters are kind of my thing! I can’t think of an easier and prettier way of serving food at the party. I’ll have to make a post with few different combinatios so that you can get inspired too! Just need a proper occasion for a party first…

Grilled red pepper tastes delicious! Don’t believe me, try it! One of my favorite ways to use it is to make a creamy roasted red pepper pasta sauce! Sounds delicious? Of ocurse it does! “Creamy” and “pasta” are the key words to happiness! But let’s get back to my muhammara version. If you have more time on your hands, you could roast your own peppers in the oven on a grill mode. Otherwise, store bought grilled peppers in jars works as good.

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I have passed by lots of muhammara recipes during my Pinterest lifetime. But only just recently I decided to try it. The idea of using roasted sunflower seeds instead of walnuts was just an accident. I thought I for sure had walnuts in my pantry, but I was so wrong.

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It turned out to be a great match! I am glad I developed my own little version instead of posting a recipe of classic muhammara that has already been mastered by Syrians for probably more that hundred years!

Store-bought roasted red peppers

Store-bought roasted red peppers

Grenadine Molasses

Grenadine Molasses

If you never tried the classic muhammara, please do! But if you start with my sunflower version, I will be pretty proud.

Muhammara is a perfect dip for snacks, it’s a perfect fit for veggie wraps or salad bowls, goes well with other Middle Eastern cousine dishes as falafels or grilled auburgines. Basically, what I am trying to say is - make a huge batch because you will use it all!

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Muhammara's Cousin - Grilled Red Pepper & Roasted Sunflower Seed Dip


Ingredients:

1 cup of natural sunflower seeds

1 jar of roasted red bell pepper (350g)

1 small onion, roughly chopped

5 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped

1 Tbsp olive oil (plus one more for onion frying)

1 Tbsp cumin powder

2 tsp grenadine molasses

Salt & Pepper

 

Instructions:

1.   Heat your pan with a table spoon of olive oil

2.   Add roughly chopped onion and garlic and cook until translucent. Remove from the pan into food processor

3.   In the same pan (no additional oil) roast sunflower seeds for couple of minutes until it gets light brown color and develops that divine smell. Add it also to the food processor.

4.   Remove red bell peppers from the jar, leave out the liquid. Cut peppers into big chunks and add it to the food processor.

5.   Add all the rest of the ingredients and pulse it until it gets a creamy consistence.

6.   Serve with some pita bread or as a side dip to the main course.

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