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Shared by Alana Z

Yogurt Dip with Schug Damadis

Yield: 8-10 servingsTime: 10 min

Shared by Alana Z

Yogurt dip with schug damadis.
Photographer: Armando Rafael. Food Stylist: Judy Haubert. Prop Stylist: Vanessa Vazquez.

Yogurt Dip with Schug Damadis

Yield: 8-10 servingsTime: 10 min

Family Journey

Sūq Al Ithnayn, YemenHar Toov Transit Camp, IsraelRamat Gan, Israel
Brooklyn, NY

When Alana Z thinks of yogurt dip with schug damadis, she pictures her saba (grandfather) sitting in his La-Z-Boy-type recliner watching the news in his tiny TV room filled with religious texts. Wearing a white tank top, shorts, and sandals, Abraham Karavany would dunk whole scallions into the yogurt dip his wife Sara made. Alana modified the recipe slightly for broader appeal, incorporating chopped scallions instead. By grating a tomato and stirring it with the family’s red schug recipe, you can create schug damadis that gives this dip some bite and balance.

Read about Alana's family in “The Treasured Yemenite Recipes That Skipped a Generation” and check out her recipes for lachuch and red schug.


  • ¾ cup plain yogurt
  • ⅓ cup sour cream or full-fat greek yogurt
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • Red schug (amount depends on how spicy you want it to be) 
  • 1 medium size tomato
QuickEasySidesDairyMiddle East


  • Step 1

    Mix together yogurt & sour cream in a medium-sized bowl.

  • Step 2

    Make the schug damadis: Grate the tomato on the fine side of a box grater and mix with schug.

  • Step 3

    Add the schug damadis to your yogurt blend and mix lightly, then top with some scallions.

  • Step 4

    Tear off a piece of fresh lechuch or pita, dip and enjoy.