DIP WARS: Is This Dip Really Better Than Hummus?

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The dip has been making waves in the UK (Photo: Zandzdc Instagram)

A new vegan dip has taken over the Internet - and it claims to be better than hummus.

Muhammara, pronounced 'mmmhamara', is a Middle Eastern spread that is rivalling the chickpea-based dip.

Originating from Aleppo, Syria, Muhammara - which means 'very red' - is made from charred red peppers, walnuts, and olive oil, but other variations also include Aleppo pepper, garlic, toasted nuts, and pomegranate molasses.


The red dip is part of the Turkish and Levantine cuisines, but has most recently taken the UK by storm, getting featured in many London brunch menus.

London-based chef Dixie Innes of Easter Mediterranean joint Aphrodites told Vice: "It’s this completely delicious dip, it’s vegan, and it’s so easy.

"It’s quite an intense, sweet and sour flavor, and then you’ve got this really lovely nuttiness which gives it body."

The verdict

According to muhammara enthusiast Rachel Hosie, the versatile spread can be enjoyed with everything, from crudités, or topped on flatbreads.

"I don't know if it's better than hummus, but it's definitely up there, and should be more popular in my opinion!," she told The Independent.


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