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…




5 from 3 votes

Salata Hara ~ Spicy Tomato Dip

Course Dip
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 -6
Author Rafeeda


  • 3 large tomatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 bunch coriander leaves
  • 10-15 mint leaves
  • 3 green chillies preferably spicy type
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • Salt to taste


  • Grind the garlic cloves, coriander leaves, mint leaves and green chillies till broken.
  • Add the tomatoes and the remaining ingredients and blitz, but ensure that the tomatoes does not get broken completely.
  • Store in the fridge till the time of use.

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  1. 5 stars
    Big fan of garlic and chilies and this dip is right up our alley 😀

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Taruna… 😀

  2. 5 stars
    That’s sounds like a light, refreshing, and healthy dip or chutney for summer! I’m certainly going to try this recipe out soon as a planted tomatoes in my garden.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Bibi…

  3. very refreshing and simple dish perfect for curd rice of stuffed paratha

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Veena…

  4. yummm, perfect dip !!!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Nammi!

  5. Biny Anoop says:

    5 stars
    Never tried this but sounds delicious………….

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Biny…

  6. 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,

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Yes, it goes with anything… so versatile! Thank you so much Mayuriji…

  7. My fav too. We get so little with the rice. a tiny dubba, lol. So I make a batch when we buy any arabic rice.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      We ask for extras always… hehe… Thank you so much Fami…

  8. How much is a bunch of Coriander exactly

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      One bunch is approximately 200-300 gm…

      1. Thank u soooo much for ur absolutely quick reply

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