Oil-Free Zhoug Sauce

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Inspired by the popular Middle Eastern condiment, this whole-food version of zhoug sauce could also be called "Spicy Cilantro Pesto."

Warm with cardamom and cumin and made as spicy as you like, oil-free zhoug is just as versatile as the authentic version.

cilantro jalapenos garlic raw walnut red pepper flakes ground cumin ground cardamom


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How to Make Oil-Free Zhoug Sauce

Prepare the jalapenos: this is where you decide the level of heat! Remove seeds to reduce the overall heat, or include seeds for extra spicy zhoug.

You can also reserve some of the seeds then add them after blending if you decide you want it spicier.

Combine jalapenos, garlic, and walnuts in the bowl of a food processor. Process until broken down into a sticky crumb texture.

Add cilantro, red pepper, cumin, cardamom, ¾ tsp salt, and juice, and process until everything is incorporated and finely chopped.

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