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Zahawig zhoug

Zhoug (Zahawig)


Yemeni Zhoug (Zahawig) is a spicy chili paste similar to salsa. It is made with tomatoes and spices and served fresh. Because it is very spicy, only a spoonful is used as a condiment to a main dish. You can easily adjust the spiciness by adding more or less chili pepper.


1/2 green chili pepper, chopped (more or less depending on taste and chili variety)
Pinch of cumin seeds
1 garlic clove, minced
1 ripe tomato, cubed
Salt to taste, about 1/8 tsp.

How to make

Grind the garlic, cumin seeds, coriander and pepper with a mortar and pestle until it becomes a paste.Add chopped tomatoes and grind once again with the pestle until the mixture is ground to a pulp. Add salt to taste, about 1/8 tsp. The desired consistency is similar to a salsa, and can be chunky or smooth depending on your taste. Garnish with cilantro and serve with bread, lahooh, or shafoot. An alternative preparation method requires simply placing all ingredients in a blender or food processor until pureed. This method is easier, but will not produce the rich flavors which result from crushing the ingredients.



hello my dear friend

i'm glad to find a blog like yours everythng is so yammy

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08.07.2013 Reply


love  it sooo much :) but  i use only fresh coriander like i was thought in yemen


12.28.2013 Reply

Salah Ahmed

Assalaam Aleikum Sister Katherien .
I wanted to say shukran a lot for your beautiful Yemeni Recipe and your great video in you tube. I'm so proud of you and your great job with valuable information about Yemeni food.May allah give you thats power to successful and produce more yummy recipe. Thanks
Salah A.Ahmed

01.20.2015 Reply


dear sister,  can you please share Cheese ZAHAWIG recipe?

06.24.2015 Reply

apologies for replying late