Avocado Zhug with Flatbread and Falafel


Zhug is a fiery middle eastern sauce, traditionally made with fresh herbs, spices and chilli. The addition of avocado cools the heat, whilst adding creamy deliciousness. Serve it with grilled meats or, as a dip with toasted pita breads.


  • 1 large avocado, peeled and stoned
  • 125 ml (½ cup) fresh coriander leaves
  • 125 ml (½ cup) fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 65 ml (¼ cup) lemon juice
  • 2 large jalapeños, chopped (deseeded if you don’t want the sauce too spicy)
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • Pinch of sea salt
To serve
  • Flatbread or pita bread
  • Falafels
  • Pickled red onion
  • Fresh coriander


  1. Quarter the avocado and set aside.
  2. Place the remaining ingredients in a food processor and whizz until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl. Add the avocado and blend further until smooth. Transfer to a bowl or store in a jar in the fridge (may store for up to 2-3 days).
  3. Serve with flatbread, falafel and pickled red onion.