Avocados grow throughout the Gaza Strip, and in this recipe from Yasmin Khan's Zaitoun, they're paired with garlic and green chile for a spicy side dish--think of it as a Gazan guacamole. Use the ripest avocados you can find here, as those will give the creamiest results.



Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Halve avocados lengthwise and remove pits; spoon flesh into a bowl and mash with a fork (you want a bit of texture, so don't feel the need to get it completely smooth).

  • Add garlic, chile, lemon juice, yogurt, and oil. Season with salt and pepper; stir well. Taste and adjust seasoning with more lemon juice or salt as desired. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and sumac; drizzle with more oil. Serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

Recipe and photograph from Zaitoun: Recipes from the Palestinian Kitchen by Yasmin Khan. Copyright 2018 by Yasmin Khan. Reprinted with permission of W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. All rights reserved.