Friday, April 14, 2006

megadarra with zchug and pitas

spicy lentil and rice dish from Kosher Cooking by Marlena Spieler


josh said...

what on earth is zchug?

islandgirlshell said...

It's delicious!!!!!! The cookbook says it's a Yemenite chili sauce that has become Israel's national it with rice, couscous, soup, falafel, etc. Apparently, in Israel there are green and red zchugs typically served at falafel stands. Green seems to be hotter and is everything but the tomatoes. Red has tomatoes added to tone down the heat, I guess.


5-8 garlic cloves
2-3 medium hot chilies, such as jalapenos
5 fresh or canned tomatoes (I used one 15 oz can diced tomatoes)
1/2 cup cilantro
1/2 cup fresh parsley
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp curry powder
seeds from 3-5 cardamom pods (or 1/4 -3/4 tsp ground cardamom)
juice of 1/2 lemon
pinch of sugar, if necessary

Put all ingredients except the sugar and salt in a food processor or
blender. Process until well combined, then season with sugar and
salt. Pour the sauce into a serving bowl, cover and chill in the
refrigerator until ready to serve. Can be stored for up to 2 weeks
in the refrigerator.