The other day a friend of mine asked me what spices do we use on a regular basis. Of course there are many spices that we love to cook with, but one just jumped right out and that was "zhug". This fiery spice blend has its origins in Yemen, and is found in almost all Yemeni Jewish kitchens around the world. Shuli introduced me to the many uses of zhug and Ive been a big fan of it ever since.
The authentic Yemeni zhug paste is made from either red or green chilies, garlic, herbs and spices that are placed into a mortar and pestle and then ground into a paste - the old-fashion way. Just as salsa and chips is one of our favorite snack foods, so is the zhug paste when we blend it with fresh tomatoes to make a tangy sauce for dipping. Continue reading