Salata Hara ~ Arabic Spicy Tomato Dip


Many of us are fond of pickles, in some way or the other. I am not a pickle fan, though I have a little while eating biriyani. Hehe… If you buy rice from the Arab restaurants here, it comes with a runny and spicy tomato relish along with it. Since the rice is normally bland without much spices, this sauce gives it a nice kick. I never knew what it was called and thankfully, blogging has taught me its name.


“Salata Hara” literally means “hot salad”. But actually speaking from Indian tongue perspective, it isn’t really hot. It is mildly spiced but so flavorful that it can give a plain dish a much given boost. What more, it is no-cook! All you need to do is to blend all ingredients and store it up for the flavors to mingle. The main base of this relish is tomatoes, though there are other ways of making it as well, which are not very popular. I add paprika to my salata hara to give it a nice deep red shade.


Pour over your plain rice and dig in. Or you can drizzle these on your patties for an extra flavor. By the way, do not confuse this with another tomato based relish called “daqoos” – this has cooked tomato pureed, in almost the same way. Off to this breezer of a recipe…



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Salata Hara ~ Spicy Tomato Dip
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Recipe type: Dip
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Serves: 4-6
  • 3 large tomatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ½ bunch coriander leaves
  • 10-15 mint leaves
  • 3 green chillies, preferably spicy type
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • Salt to taste
  1. Grind the garlic cloves, coriander leaves, mint leaves and green chillies till broken.
  2. Add the tomatoes and the remaining ingredients and blitz, but ensure that the tomatoes does not get broken completely.
  3. Store in the fridge till the time of use.



  1. says

    Rafeeda I too am not a big fan of pickles but home made sauces I love. This is a lovely sauce recipe which I use on parathas too or as a quick snack adding it to roasted or boiled potatoes,


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