Israeli Seasoning - Shata Pepper
What is shata pepper - צילי שאטה ? Is there an English translation or an American equivalent? I'm finally getting around to making the Yemenite Foot Soup and the recipe I'm looking at calls for this shata pepper. I've run across it before in Israeli recipes but have no idea what it is.
In the Israeli pepper/chili universe there aren't a huge number of options (unfortunately). The shata pepper is a small red spicier pepper that sometimes comes dried and whole, sometimes powder (and often will go by the very misleading name of "hot paprika") or fresh.
I would start with cayenne (when I've asked for cayenne here in spice markets, I usually assume it's just shata) and then get more exotic from there. While Yeminite food is one of the spicier Israeli cuisines, compared to Indian/Thai/Mexican spice - it's really not that spicy. So I wouldn't go for anything very spicy or smoked (unless that's your personal preference).
I recently found a store in Jerusalem that was basically giving away some very basic "Mexican chili powder" because they couldn't find anyone who had any interest in mildly spicy and smoky. Great for me though.