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Saltah is the national dish of Yemen and is a lunchtime staple in nearly all households, especially in the highlands region of Yemen. The essential ingredient to saltah is Hulba, a whipped fenugreek condiment. Saltah can be made with meat, as in this recipe, or it can be also made vegetarian. This Yemeni dish is truly one-of-a-kind!


1 tbsp. oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
Half onion, chopped
½ green chili pepper, chopped, more or less to taste
½ tsp cumin
½ tsp coriander
¼ tsp turmeric
3/4 tsp. salt
1 lb. beef cubes
5 cups water
A few tablespoons of prepared Hulba

How to make

Place pressure cooker on medium heat and sauté garlic, onion, and chili pepper in oil until garlic browns and onion is translucent. Add cumin, coriander, turmeric, salt. Clean beef thoroughly and add to onion mixture. Brown the meat for 5 minutes.Add water to the mixture and seal the pressure cooker. Let cook for about 30 minutes on medium heat until meat is tender and breaks apart easily. (NOTE: If a pressure cooker is not available, cook meat in a regular pot for 1 - 2 hours, or until meat is tender and breaks apart)Remove from heat and remove top of the pressure cooker after cooling slightly. Break the meat apart with a fork as shown in video. The consistency of the broth should be similar to a slightly thick soup; if there is not sufficient broth, you may add extra water.Pour the meat stew into a stone cookware and heat until bubbling. Add a few dollops of whipped hulba and serve piping hot with a side of fresh bread.



I heard u can add eggs and vegetables to the Salta if yes when should we add them .. Chucran jazakallah

07.04.2012 Reply


Hello, thanks for your question.

Here I have another video which shows the saltah with vegetables and also egg:

Sometimes I make vegetables (tabeekh) first and also meat like shown above, but in separate pots, then when I make the saltah I take a little of each and mix together, this way there is still some meat and vegetables left aside to eat with rice, bread, etc. You can also add one egg (beaten) as the second to last step and let it cook in the vegetable-meat saltah and finally add the hulba on top.

Hope this helps



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my family and I love vegetable salta w roast lamb on side, and yemeni rice.... we can't seem to get enough of it! thank you for sharing the recipe and steps to try cooking it at home. where can one get the stoneware pot?

08.26.2014 Reply


What is hulba? Is that something that can be made or purchased?


07.13.2015 Reply


hulba is fenugreek. you can buy it at arabic stores.