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Many of our English words have roots in the Arabic language, words such as alfalfa, cane, syrup, magnet, tea and average.


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Zhug - Spicy Relish

Utilized to flavour all types of food.

Thoroughly combine all ingredients, then refrigerate and use as needed.

Hulbah - Fenugreek Paste

Yemenis employ Hulbah flavoured with zhug as a dressing for salads and as a sauce for meats, vegetables and other foods; or as a dip.

Place 2 tablespoons of ground fenugreek in a bowl with 1 1/2 cups water. Allow to stand for at least 2 hours. Drain then, adding a little water at a time, stir until bubbly. Refrigerate and use as needed. Should be used in less than a week.

HABEEB SALLOUM, author of our "Recipe of the Day" series, is a Canadian freelance writer and author specializing in food, history and travel. Besides 6 books and 18 chapters in various publications, he has written hundreds of articles about culture, food, travel, history and homesteading in western Canada. His writing has appeared in such publications as the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, the Western Producer, Vegetarian Journal and Saveur.