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Jul 6, 2011 05:53 PM

muhammara options?

Really like it, or at least I think I do -- I've only had one kind: Samira's, which is readily available at Whole Foods, Russo's, and farmer's markets.

Are there other muhammaras that are commercially available? Or are there restaurants that make their own muhammara that is really good? And how do they differ from Samira's rendition?

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  1. The versions I can remember having out and enjoying in the not too distant past were at Turkish places like Saray and Sultan's Kitchen. I've seen it at retail (not the Samira's brand) at the Armenian markets in Watertown and at the Formaggios. It's not hard to make at home, which is mostly how I enjoy it.

    Sultan's Kitchen
    116 State St, Boston, MA 02109

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    1. re: MC Slim JB

      Thanks for the suggestions! I'll look for muhamarra at Arax/Sevan and Formaggio. The Watertown/Cambridge thing made me wonder: does Sofra make their own? I'll have to check that out, too.

      Thanks also for the DIY tip. If you can point me to a good recipe, cool; otherwise, I'll roll the google dice.

      1 Belmont St, Cambridge, MA 02138

      1. re: czarp

        It's on the Sofra menu. The recipe involves roasted red pepers, a bit of hot red chile, coarsely ground walnuts, cumin, olive oil, lemon juice and pomegranate molasses. You can get the molasses in Watertown but no reason not to make it yourself, it's so easy....6 cups pomegranate juice, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup lemon juice boiled and reduced to 2 cups. Keeps forever refrigeratored.

        1 Belmont St, Cambridge, MA 02138

        1. re: Madrid

          I have bought pomegranate molasses at Trader Joe's, WF, and Shaw's. I live out in the burbs and if I can find the stuff, anyone can. Muhammara is so easy to make. You can even cheat and use roast peppers from the deli section or even--gasp!--from a jar. But you have to have that pomegranate stuff or you won't get the delicious sweet-sour flavor.

          Trader Joe's
          1427 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

          1. re: Isolda

            Thanks. I am going to buy some this week and will look at those places first as they are more convenient for me.

    2. Boston Kabob House and Cafe de Boston have good versions.

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      1. re: nsenada

        Arax in watertown carries it. yum.

        1. re: teezeetoo

          The housemade Arax stuff blows away the supermarket versions.

          1. re: StriperGuy

            I'll third Arax's version, this is a food that varies wildly depending on who makes it. Sometimes it's rather dark looking, sometimes it too sweet, sometimes it's not sweet at all, sometimes it all walnuts, sometimes pinenuts, etc etc. The Arax version is better than next door at Sevan, I have to say, clearly.

      2. I'm pretty sure Russo's has some in their cold prepared food case, where there are things like potato salad and olives.

        1. Sound bites has it on the dinner menu. Making it at home is also easy (if you can't find pomegranate molasses, you can boil down pomegranate juice).

          1. My favorite is Eastern Lamjeun's on Belmont Street in Belmont, not far from Arax, et. al. on Mt. Auburn St. in Watertown.

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            1. re: katzzz

              I like the Eastern Lamejun version too, though it's quite oily compared to a lot of others that I've tried

              1. re: keith

                You're right, it is oily. Which makes me realize that it is probably that unctuous quality that makes it my favorite.