The very first time I tried Marak Kubbeh Adom coincided with my very first time making it. Fair to say, I fell in love with it. It's the ultimate cold weather comfort food. Marak Kubbeh Adom is a Kurdish specialty, semolina dumplings filled with fragrantly spiced beef or lamb and simmered in a crimson red beetroot broth. To make this recipe vegetarian/vegan simply replace the meat with mushrooms.
Zhug, this hot sauce, hailing from Yemen, is packed with zingy and fiery flavors thanks to the addition of earthy cumin, fragrant cardamom, nutty coriander, and fresh herbs. Also known as sahawiq, bisbas, or maboj across the Middle East, it has become an integral part of Israeli national cuisine thanks to the Yemenite Jewish community.