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Z’hug (Yemenite Hot Sauce)


This sauce is perfect for stirring into soups, rice dishes, curries or anything needing an up-tick in heat level. I have made this sauce with Scorpion Peppers, and just mark the jar accordingly in the fridge for the safety of my family! For those favoring a hotter sauce, use Ghost, Scorpion, or other extreme hot pepper.


  • 4 fresh jalapenos , stemmed but otherwise intact
  • 1 head garlic , peeled
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro , well rinsed and dried
  • 1 bunch fresh italian parsley , well rinsed and dried
  • 1 t cumin
  • ¼ t cardamom , ground
  • t salt , or to taste
  • ½-2/3 C olive oil , plus additional to cover


  1. Put the peppers with the garlic, cilantro, parsley, cumin, cardamom, and salt to taste in the bowl of a food processor. Begin processing and gradually add olive oil and puree. Remove the contents to a glass jar and cover with additional olive oil. The z’hug will keep for several months, covered in an airtight jar, in the refrigerator.

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