Szug ('pesto' from Yemen)

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 0 mins

I found this in the Atlanta Journal Constitution several years ago. It is an interesting kind of 'pesto' due to the fact that it does not contain nuts, but does have chile peppers.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cut and discard the visible, leafless stems from the cilantro and parsley.
  2. Wash and pat dry.
  3. Place the cilantro and parsley in a blender with the remaining ingredients.
  4. Blend at low speed, stoppng often to smash down the ingredients as they combine.
  5. Turn up speed and blend thoroughly.
  6. Place in a storage container, taste and adjust salt, and top with a little oil as you would pesto.
  7. This lasts for a month if stored in an airtight container.
Most Helpful

Excellent - I decided to make this recipe after I tried a friend's szug at a Pesach Seder last week. Because his szug was made from a family recipe, my friend (understandably) refused to give me his recipe. I am very glad that I Googled "szug" and found this recipe. I did not have a food processor or blender, so it took me a very long time to make it. Anyhow, the recipe is very good! Yay for szug!

snowsie April 27, 2005