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Hilbah, (Arabic: حلبة) also spelled Holbah, is a condiment or dollop made from ground fenugreek seeds (Trigonella foenum-graecum), typically consumed with a morsel of bread (sop), or added as flavoring to hot soups. Its preparation is mostly found in Yemen, Israel and other Middle-Eastern countries.




  1. Take fenugreek seeds (finely ground) and soak in water for 3 hours (batch will greatly expand).
  2. Whisk with spatula until paste becomes light and frothy (gradually add more water if necessary).
  3. Add finely chopped coriander leaves (cilantro), and chopped leeks.
  4. Add salt and lemon juice (or citric acid).
  5. Add zḥug to batch while mixing
  6. (optional) Add grated tomato