Varying slightly between regions, Yemeni cuisine carries strong Turkish, Indian and Arabic influences. Stews form a central part of the nation’s diet. Often served with bread, these hearty dishes are cooked in stone pots and may feature lamb, chicken, fish or vegetables. Soups, rice-based mains, and sweet and savoury pastries are also popular items for home cooks. This recipe for zhough – a Yemeni garlic chilli paste – is best served with hummus and flatbread.