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Sahawiq: Yemeni Hot Sauce

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If you’re looking to bring the heat index up on your food, look no more. Sahawiq is the best choice to upgrading your hot sauce. But first, what is sahawiq? It’s a traditional hot sauce that is used in most Yemeni households. My parents being immigrants from Yemen meant that they would put it on a lot savory rice or meat dishes to kick it up a notch.   The flavor is much different from traditional hot sauces as this uses fresh ingredients: tomatos, peppers, cilantro, and garlic.  The end results gives you a chutney like sauce that can be spooned over dishes.  Check out the recipe below for directions.

Sahawiq - Yemeni Hot Sauce

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Difficulty: very easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 medium tomato
  • 1-2 small Chili peppers (You can determine the heat level by adding more or less.  1 pepper for mild, 2 for hot, etc. Also, you can use different peppers like Jalapeno, ghost pepper etc.  It’s really your preference. )
  • Handful cilantro (add less cilantro to give your hot sauce a more redish look or add more cilantro to give your hot sauce a more greenish look).
  • 1/4 cup water (may need more depending on size of tomato/peppers)
  • Dash of garlic paste or 1 small garlic clove
  • Dash of salt for taste
  • Optional: Add a dash of cumin to add additional flavor.
  • Optional: Add a few finely chopped mint leaves.

Directions


Simply grind all ingredients together in a hand mixer.  The end results should be between a chutney and watery texture. See video for end results.  Add Sahawiq to meals to add some heat.  Add to cooked rice or chicken, add cream cheese and use as a chip dip.

Note: Refrigerate in a tightly sealed container for up to 1 month.  You can also freeze sahawiq for later use.


Watch video on how to make sahawiq:

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