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
- 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.
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: