Citizens, behold the Turkish variant to Muhammara, the Syrian red pepper and walnut dip that is a favorite snack of TFD! 🙂 In Western Turkey it is known as acuka (pron: a-joo-ka) but the further south you go, especially to the southeast, it becomes muhammara. The recipe actually originates from the city of Aleppo in Syria.
The big difference in the Turkish variant is the use of a range of herbs and spices that really bring the flavor up to a whole new level! It also includes some tomato paste that helps mellow the flavor profile and adds sweetness as well.
This is a delicious party dip and in fact thanks to the walnuts, garlic and pomegranate is also exceedingly good for you – I dictate that you try this recipe post haste, Citizens! 🙂
Battle on – The Generalissimo