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Yemenite meat loaf. Zhoug is a source of pride among the Yemenite population. Made with the sharpest of chile peppers, it is eaten with classically oriental Jewish meals. More than just a condiment, it is a tradition. Yemenites believe that daily consumption of zhoug wards off disease and strengthens the heart. It can be an addition to salad, and a sauce for various kinds of meat, and poultry dishes.




  1. Combine ground beef with flour, 1 tbsp oil, salt, pepper and zhoug.
  2. Form the meat mixture into a 10-inch loaf.
  3. Make a well the entire length of the loaf.
  4. Heat 3 tbsp of oil in a skillet.
  5. Saute together the onions, mushrooms and parsley until the onions are golden.
  6. Place the mixture in the well of the loaf.
  7. Lightly beat the eggs and pour over the vegetables.
  8. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  9. Pat the sides of the loaf together to close up the well, and wrap in aluminum foil.
  10. Bake for 30 minutes.
  11. The loaf may be served either hot or cold.


  1. In a blender, puree enough chile peppers to measure 1 cup.
  2. Puree parsley and coriander together and blend well with the chile peppers.
  3. Add garlic, seasonings and olive oil.
  4. Again, blend well.
  5. Put the zhoug in a jar and keep it in the refrigerator.
  6. It will remain fresh for many months.