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fenugreek powder

Hilbe is a Yemenite paste made of fenugreek powder, spiced with a kick of z'hug. It is used in many modern Israeli dishes, and is a favorite at the Shabbat table alongside Yemenite soup and kubaneh bread.

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  • 3 tablespoons fenugreek powder  
  • ½ cup water
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon z'hug


1. Soak the fenugreek powder in water for at elast 3 hours until the mixture is gelatinous.

2. Add z'hug, lemon juice, and salt, then beat until smooth using an electric hand mixer or whisk. Adjust seasonings. It should be very spicy. 

Recipe originally published in Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller Magazine Fall 2014 Subscribe Now

Fall 2014 Magazine