I actually loved this sauce and I will make it over and over again. I felt that it really elevated the dish and can see it being used on a multitude of things as you would a salsa. What will you put shattah on?
I was actually surprised that a hot sauce was enjoyed as a condiment in Saudi Arabia, I guess the dishes have so much flavor and spice (not hot) in them to begin with, I simply didn't expect it. Shattah is a real treat, and I am happy to have discovered it.
Did you know that Saudi Arabia has the largest desalination plant in the world. Even so, a liter of potable water is more expensive than a liter of oil. Saudi Arabia is the largest country in the world without a natural lake or river. They have dug very deep wells to meet the needs of the people and their agriculture. They only receive about 4 inches of rain per year.
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Shattah (A Saudi Arabian Hot Sauce)
- 8 cloves garlic
- 5 red jalapeño chilies stem removed
- 10 Thai bird chilies stems removed
- 1 cup Flat leaf parsley
- 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
- ½ tablespoon white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
- 1 teaspoon cumin powder
- ¾ cup tomato paste
- 1 cup water
- Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
- Add the mixture to a sauce pan, cover, and place on medium heat until it comes to a gentle boil.
- Stir, remove from the heat and let cool.
- Serve alongside Al Kabsa but can be used on just about anything