Sahawiq: Yemeni Hot Sauce


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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  • 1 cup of chopped tomatoes or cherry tomatoes.
  • 2-3 small Chili peppers (You can determine the heat level by adding more or less.  1-2 pepper for mild, 3 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 Tablespoons of water (You may need more depending on size of tomato/peppers. See video for consistency.)
  • 1 small garlic clove or 1/2 teaspoon garlic paste
  • Dash of salt for taste
  • Optional: Add a dash of cumin to add additional flavor.
  • Optional: Add a few mint leaves when blending for a minty taste.


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 1-2 weeks.  You can also freeze sahawiq for later use.

Watch video on how to make sahawiq:

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