Zhoug, Hot Pepper Sauce

Lamb Pita with Tahini Sauce and Zhug
Lamb Pita with Tahini Sauce and Zhug

This fragrant hot pepper sauce was brought to Israel by immigrants from Yemen, who add it to all their dishes. It has become one of Israel’s most popular condiments. Zhoug adds heat and spice to Falafel and to Hummus. Zhoug is also spread over fish before cooking and added sparingly to sandwiches made with white cheese, eggs, salami, and/ or avocado.

The combinations with Zhoug varies, but for those who love spicy and piquant food, Zhoug is the answer for all their worries. They can use Zhoug for virtually anything to eat (some of them do).

Spiced lamb with eggs and yogurt… and Zhoug
Spiced lamb with eggs and yogurt… and Zhoug

  1. 1 large sprig cilantro (coriander) leaves
  2. 3-4 fresh green chili peppers with seeds, coarsely chopped
  3. 3-4 cloves garlic, peeled
  4. ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  5. ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  6. ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  7. Salt to taste

Zhoug, Hot Pepper Sauce
Zhoug, Hot Pepper Sauce

Wash the cilantro leaves, and dry them well. Put the cilantro, chopped peppers, and garlic into a food processor and blend. Add the spices and continue to grind to a paste.

Zhoug, Hot Pepper Sauce
Zhoug, Hot Pepper Sauce

There are of course many variants. One of them is the Red Zhoug.

Lamb Kebab Pita – Tahini, Tomato- Cucumber Salad, and Zhoug Great alternative to an egg dish
Lamb Kebab Pita – Tahini, Tomato- Cucumber Salad, and red Zhoug Great alternative to an egg dish

  1. 12 dried red chiles
  2. 3 -7 peeled cloves garlic, according to taste
  3. Salt to taste

Soak the chiles in water for 2 hours. Drain, then grind with the garlic by hand or in a food processor. Season to taste.

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