Popular with the Yemenite Jews in Israel and in the Middle East, this hot sauce starts with a paste of garlic and peppers plus whatever spices the individual cook chooses, along with cilantro and/or parsley. There are two versions, this green one and a red one that uses red sweet and hot peppers. Tomatoes are sometimes added to tone down the sauce, which can be quite spicy. This quick and easy sauce serves as a table condiment, as a sauce for grilled fish or meat or for eggs, or can be added to soups and stews just before serving. It goes especially well with lamb kabobs.
Since zucchini is such a prolific producer in home gardens, we felt we had to include at least one recipe to give you a jump on the crop. We suggest serving the zucchini raw, but if you don't like it raw, steam it for a minute or two.
This sauce is thought to be of Tunisian origin, but is found throughout all of North Africa and the Middle East under various names and spellings. It is used to flavor couscous and grilled dishes such as brochettes, and also as a relish with salads. Cover this sauce with a thin film of olive oil and it will keep up to a couple of months in the refrigerator.