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Milk Street Recipe

Spicy Cilantro-Yogurt Sauce (Basbaas)

Appears in May-June 2018

1 hour 5 minutes active

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Spicy Cilantro-Yogurt Sauce (Basbaas)

This simple yogurt-based Somali hot sauce packs a spicy, herbal punch. It's delicious on just about anything, from fried eggs to grilled chicken. If you're a fan of chili heat, use the seeds of some—or all—of the serranos.




Don’t use fat-free or low-fat Greek yogurt. The flavor is best with the richness of whole-milk yogurt.

1 hour

5 minutes active


  • ½

    cup whole-milk Greek yogurt

  • ½

    cup packed fresh cilantro leaves

Tamara B.

I could not print the entire recipe. It allowed me to print the ingredients, but not the directions. Please advise.

stephanie e.

Flavor is great- but I had to add a little water to get my blender to blend. Went a little lighter on the chilies for the palates I was feeding but it was still flavorful yet so simple. I can see it on salmon, other roasted vegetables and more! Thanks MSK!

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