Recipe: Zehug (chile-garlic relish)

Recipe: <i>Zehug</i> (chile-garlic relish)
Chile garlic relish (Zehug). Recipe (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

Total time: 10 minutes

Servings: This makes 1/4 to 1/3 cup.


1 jalapeño, serrano or red Fresno chile, cut in a few pieces, with seeds left in

3 garlic cloves, peeled and halved

1/2 cup (packed) cilantro sprigs, chopped a few times

1 to 2 teaspoons water, more if needed


In a mini food processor, chop chile and garlic until fine. Add cilantro and finely chop. Add 1 teaspoon water. Process to form a paste, adding a little more water if needed. Season to taste. Refrigerate in a covered container until ready to serve.

Each teaspoon: 1 calorie; 0 protein; 0 carbohydrates; 0 fiber; 0 fat; 0 cholesterol; 0 sugar; 0 sodium.