My Quest to Reverse Engineer The Halal Guys' White Sauce Recipe

Published On 05/14/2015 Published On 05/14/2015
The Halal Guys White Sauce — Thrillist Recipes
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Halal White Sauce Recipe

Total Time:  5 minutes
Yield:  1 ½ cups


  • 1 cup mayonnaise (try to find one made of only egg yolks, not whole eggs)
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ¼  teaspoon ground caraway
  • ¼  teaspoon ground sumac
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • Just a sprinkle of ground turmeric
  • Pinch of xanthan gum
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste


  • Whisk mayonnaise, water, and lemon juice together until smooth and no lumps appear.
  • Add caraway, sumac, cardamom, and turmeric; stir until combined.
  • Add xanthan gum and mix until it thickens slightly.
  • Add black pepper to taste.
  • Store in the refrigerator. Use liberally.