Sunday, December 27, 2009

Somali Hot Sauce (Shigni)

This is a nice hot sauce that is usually eaten with rice or spaghetti. The Tamarind/Xamar/Raqay can be found in most Indian grocery stores. If you cannot find the paste then you can add extra of the regular Tamarind.

Cook time about 5 minutes

Serves about 15-20

2 Large Chili Peppers

2 Roma Tomatoes or 1 Large Tomato

1 Tablespoon of Cilantro

1 1/2 Teaspoons of Lemon Juice

1/4 Teaspoon of Salt

1 Date

1 Tablespoon of Tamarind/Xamar/Raqay Paste

1 chunk (about 1 Tablespoon) of Tamarind/Xamar/Raqay

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on high for 3-4 minutes.

Open the blender and scrap the sides to make sure all the Tamarind/Xamar/Raqay is well blender.

Blend for another 3- seconds to 1 minute


Refrigerate any leftovers.


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  2. Assalamu 'alaykum,

    I just saw a link to your website from Tammy's somali home, I'm also married to a somali brother, and love the food, just need alot more practice!! hopefully your site can help me with this insha Allaah :)

  3. Insha Allah you will get the food down. Most of the recipes are very similar, or atleast use a lot of the same ingredients. I have been married for almost 8 years and I am still learning the food! haha. If you need any help, let me know, Insha Allah I can help you.