ZHUG! A Hot Yemenite Sauce

ZHUG! A Hot Yemenite Sauce

Zhug!

A HOT YEMENITE SAUCE

If you have ever loitered at a falafel stand and the guy asked you if you wanted hot sauce, he was probably referring to zhug, the famous fragrant green chilli condiment brought to Israel by Yemenite Jews. You can make it, quite easily, with red or green chillies. Once you’ve tasted it, it may well take the long-held place of pesto in your heart. That first hit kind of tastes like the name sounds: ‘zhug’! The underlying flavour will be the cardamom, which has a slightly numbing sensation.

30g flat-leaf parsley
60g fresh coriander
1t caraway seeds
1t ground cumin
1t salt
8 cardamom pods
50g chopped green chillies (about 8-10) with seeds
4T lemon juice (roughly the juice of a large lemon)
8 cloves garlic, chopped

Place all the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and blend like crazy for 2-3 minutes. Scrape down the bowl and repeat. You should end up with a vibrant green paste. Pack it into a jar and refrigerate or use immediately with the Sabich (recipe on previous spread). I also sometimes fold in 1T of olive oil at the end - but try it first without the olive oil and do a taste test.

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