• 2

    Servings

  • Prep Time 10'

  • Total Time 15'

  • Vegan

  • Easy

Raw muhammara with amaranth seed oil and gluten-free crackers recipe

  • 2

    Servings

  • Prep Time 10'

  • Total Time 15'

  • Vegan

  • Easy

Back in the day, Raw muhammara wash a dish reserved for the royalty of Syria. It was only the elite who could afford the expensive ingredients to make this Middle Eastern delicacy. Since then, the ingredients have become more widely accessible but the dish has not depreciated in value. In fact, the dish has spread across country lines and disseminated generations.

The traditional dip has a base of roasted red pepper and walnuts. So simple, yet the product is something smokey, sweet and the perfect amount spicy.

I turn to the Middle East for much of my cook inspiration. They had a knack for flavour and appreciated simplicity. I might also add that these dishes are typically plant-based or can be made to be plant-based. I love tweaking spices and adding Erbology products to transport me back to what I believe it would have been like in Aleppo, Syria. The best part? I add my own twist and get to share it with you!

Raw muhammara is a great addition to the appetiser spread since it pairs nicely with raw veggies, breads, chips and Erbology organic gluten-free crackers. An appetiser is typically a safe bet when deciding what kind of dish to bring to a gathering. It seems that everyone is entertaining during the summer months and it can get exhausting thinking up and preparing new contributions. I used to pick and choose between invites since I would over-prep and plan everything. I have come to learn that I can do it all and create delicious foods with a lot less time and effort. It really is the thought that counts. Plus, the flavours, textures and presentation are what stand out to people. Most of my friends gravitate towards the chips, dips and crudité so something of that nature is sure to be a winner.

The perfect dip is light and fresh. It keeps people coming back for more but doesn’t spoil their appetite. As long as I have the ingredients on hand, I can whip this up in around 15 minutes. You will need a bell pepper, a zucchini, some raw walnuts, red pepper flakes, sea salt, Erbology Organic Amaranth Seed Oil, agave, cumin, a lemon and some fresh dill. Once you chop the veggies, the food processor does the dirty work. You can even get ready while your dip is mixing, just make sure you don’t over blend it. The crunchiness of walnuts is part of what makes this so delectable. It is always better to start slow, you can always blend more but I have yet to figure out an “undo” button.

I have found my go-to summer dish. I can go about my day without thinking or worrying about any preparation. I know that this dip is easy to make and well-received by just about everyone. I usually make a little extra and spread it on toast or a veggie sandwich – you will see why!

Amaranth seed oil: A smart addition


Amaranth seed oil adds a subtle nutty flavour with unsubtle health benefits! Amaranth seed oil is naturally high in rare squalene. One tsp of our amaranth oil boosts 430 mg of squalene. Squalene is a unique fatty substance with a structure known as an isoprenoid. This means that it is a fat-soluble antioxidant with a unique ability to nestle itself into our cells, binding to toxins and helping to excrete them from our body (2). Not only high in squalene, but also vitamin E and omega-6, amaranth seed oil helps keep your skin looking young and moisturised.

You’ll find that amaranth seed oil can be added to most any of your beloved dishes. Make sure to also try our Fennel and Lentil Salad with Amaranth Seed Oil and Mint Dressing Recipe. A salad is great for the summer time, it is light in flavour but can be made into an entrée. This recipe is packed with the good carbohydrates. Sweet potatoes are delicious and provide a great source of energy. The dressing, made with amaranth seed oil, contains healthy fats that keep our organs protected and lungs breathing. A salad is never complete without a handful of greens. Greens are important for a plant-based diet as they boast iron and calcium, something that is highly abundant in animal products but less so from plants. If you thought a salad could only be a side dish, just wait until you indulge in this one!

Why walnuts?

Walnuts are brain power and mood boosters. Walnuts contain important phytochemicals and polyunsaturated fats which are great for our brains. The Omega-3s in walnuts help reduce oxidative stress and improve brain signaling (3).

These omega-3s are also important in the development and functionality of the central nervous system. Studies have shown that they play a role in certain cases of depression and other mood disorders (4).

References

 

  • “Culture: A Rich Mosaic.” PBS, Public Broadcasting Service, www.pbs.org/wgbh/globalconnections/mideast/themes/culture/.
  • Shubrook, Nicola. “The Health Benefits of Walnuts.” BBC Good Food, www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/health-benefits-walnuts.
  • Logan, Alan C. “Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Major Depression: A Primer for the Mental Health Professional.” Advances in Pediatrics., U.S. National Library of Medicine, 4 Nov. 2004, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC533861/.

 

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup diced bell pepper
  • 1 cup diced zucchini
  • ⅓ cup raw walnuts
  • ⅓ tsp red pepper flakes
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1 ½ tsp Erbology Organic Amaranth Seed Oil + 1 tsp extra to drizzle on top
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • Juice squeezed from half lemon
  • ¼ cup finely chopped dill for garnishing
  • Selection of Erbology organic gluten-free crackers for serving

Here's how you do it

  1. In a food processor, add all the ingredients apart from the chopped dill and crackers.
  2. Mix well but don’t make it into a fine paste; leave it a bit crunchy.
  3. Scoop the muhammara and place on a plate. Decorate with fresh herbs like dill and an extra drizzle of Erbology Organic Amaranth Oil.
  4. Enjoy with the delicious selection of Erbology organic gluten-free crackers.
 

Tags

  • Amaranth
  • Appetizers
  • Buckwheat
  • Dips
  • Gluten-free
  • Greek olive
  • Guilt-free
  • Light dishes
  • Omega 6
  • Organic
  • Party food ideas
  • Squalene
  • Starter
  • Vitamin E

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