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Hamim – Red Pepper Paste

Hamim is the Kessabtzi Armenian word for this thick, sun-dried red pepper paste, as well as the salad we make from it. In Syria, red peppers were harvested in the fall, ground and dried in the sun to preserve them. The paste was packed into jars and stored. We do this recipe in the oven, but you can try it the traditional way if you have a suitable protected area for sun-drying.
Red pepper paste can be used like tomato paste to thicken and flavor dips, stews, marinades. It’s also just good on bread.

Hamim Red Pepper Salad

Served as a salad or dip, hamim is a delicious blend of flavors with peppers and walnuts. Hamim is very similar to the Arabic dip called muhammara. In a Turkish restaurant, you will find a dish called Salad Ezme, which is also very similar to hamim