I found this recipe while listening to a podcast of American Public Radio’s The Splendid Table, and made a few minor changes to suit my personal tastes. This is based on a common Somali condiment. It is creamy with a sharp garlic bite and some nice heat to back it up. Excellent as a spread on meat. (Be prepared to need breath freshener!)
Somali Bizbaz Sauce
Serves 12 (1 tablespoon portion)
1/2 cup fat free Greek yogurt
1 cup (tightly packed) fresh cilantro
2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
Juice of 1 lime
1/2 – 1 jalapeno chile (depending on how spicy you want this)
1. Combine all in a food processor. Process until well mixed. The cilantro will be coarsely chopped.
That’s it. How simple is that? Serve on fish, chicken, vegetables, pork, eggs–just about anything!
Nutritional data (per tablespoon):
Sat fat: 0g
You can make this spicier by using more jalapeno or different chiles, such as a serrano or habanero.
This is how I used it last night, on grilled salmon, zucchini-potato pancakes and fresh pomegranate.