Yemenite Schug Recipe

Every cuisine has its hot sauce recipe favorite and its own gamut of condiments it hails from, that becomes the pride and joy of their creations: Salsa, Harissa, Charif, Schug, Chutney, Hot Pepper Jelly, to name just a few. All delicious and all worth making.

I confess I love them all! Schug is the Yemenite Favorite, all-green, pungent and pleasantly acrid, thanks to the inclusion of Fenugreek, a staple in Yemenite Cooking, called Halbah in Arabic.


  • 6 jalapeno peppers
  • 1 large bunch cilantro, stems cut off
  • 1/4 cup ground fenugreek
  • 2 teaspoon ground dry coriander
  • 6 large cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Process all ingredients in a food processor, until fine but not completely smooth. You want a schug with some texture. Store refrigerated in a glass jar.

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