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Charif Recipe

Charif is the Hebrew word for sharp−and boy, does this recipe have a kick! It's not for the faint of heart. But that's the beauty of preparing a dish like this from scratch. You can make it mild or burning hot.


  • Prep Time : 4 min
  • Ready Time : 4 min


8 Servings


  • 1 (20-ounce) can whole tomatoes, drained
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste
  • 4 jalapeños hot pepper rings (from jar)
  • Quartered pita breads (optional)


  1. Combine tomatoes, vinegar, oil, garlic, lemon juice, cumin, salt, cayenne and jalapeño peppers in a blender or food processor and pulse until smooth.
  2. Chill in refrigerator for 1 hour.
  3. Serve as a dip with warm pita bread, if desired.


About Jamie Geller


Jamie Geller is the only best-selling cookbook author who wants to get you out of the kitchen – not because she doesn’t love food – but because she has tons to do. As “The Bride Who Knew Nothing” Jamie found her niche specializing in fast, fresh, family recipes. Now the "Queen of Kosher" (CBS) and the "Jewish Rachael Ray" (New York Times), she's the creative force behind JoyofKosher.com and "Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller" magazine . Jamie and her hubby live in Israel with their five busy kids who give her plenty of reasons to get out of the kitchen - quickly. Check out her new book, "Joy of Kosher: Fast, Fresh Family Recipes."




2 Responses to Charif Recipe

  1. avatar says: leahshap

    Can i use a fresh tomoato? instead of can?

    • in theory yes but canned tomatoes are peeled and often more flavorful than fresh.

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