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Spicy Zhoug
© Yunhee Kim

Spicy Zhoug

  • TOTAL TIME: 20 MIN
  • SERVINGS: makes 1 1/4 cups
  • FAST
  • HEALTHY
  • MAKE-AHEAD
  • VEGETARIAN

Falafel stands throughout the Middle East often have some version of this hot chile sauce, called zhoug, for giving a spicy kick to pita sandwiches. Ana Sortun adds pumpkin seeds to her take on this fiery sauce to thicken it and deepen the flavor.

  1. Two 3-ounce Hungarian wax peppers, seeded and coarsely chopped
  2. 1 cup cilantro leaves and stems
  3. 1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
  4. 2 garlic cloves
  5. 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  6. 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  7. 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  8. 1 1/2 teaspoons sherry vinegar
  9. 1/4 cup toasted shelled pumpkin seeds
  10. Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. In a blender, combine all of the ingredients and blend until smooth. Season the zhoug with salt and black pepper and serve.
Make Ahead The zhoug can be refrigerated for up to 2 days. Serve With Grilled chicken or fish.