Make this herby, flavorful and easy to make homemade Moroccan Chermoula. This North-African sauce has a wonderful balance of herb and spice, is gluten-free, paleo, keto-friendly, and is just the thing for you to use as a dressing or condiment for your fish, lamb, chicken, beef and vegetable dishes.
1cupcilantro (coriander) leaves and stemsroughly chopped
½cupparsley leavesroughly chopped
1tablespoonground smoked or sweet paprika
1teaspooncayenne pepper - or one chilli pepper (optional)
juice of one lemon
1tablespoonsalt(or more to taste)
½cupextra virgin olive oil
In a small bowl, combine the ground spices, namely, ground paprika, cinnamon, cumin, turmeric, granulated onion, salt, and cayenne pepper.
Add the parsley, cilantro (coriander), garlic, lemon juice, and the combined spices to a food processor or blender. While the blender is still running, add the extra virgin olive oil slowly and process it at a low speed to a puree that is slightly coarse in texture. Alternatively, use your pestle and mortar to grind all the ingredients into a thick paste. In this case, I recommend starting with the garlic cloves and the salt.
Use your Moroccan chermoula sauce immediately or store it in a suitable airtight container in the fridge or freezer, to use later.
Storage - chermoula can be easily stored in the fridgeand freezer for up to 2 weeks and 6 months respectively. To store in the fridge, transfer to an airtight container, pour some olive oil on top, then close the lid. The olive oil will help it retain its beautiful color. To freeze, use a teaspoon to scoop enough chermoula to fit each hole of an icecube tray. Put your desired amount of frozen chermoula into a bowl and leave it on the kitchen surface to thaw for a couple of hours when ready to use.Variations:
Make red chermoula by adding half a cup of pasted (or blended) sweet paprika. Alternatively, add a tablespoon of powdered paprika or simply make it spicy by stirring in some harissa.
Make it yellow - by stirring in half a teaspoon of yellow food powder or simply use slightly more turmeric.
Or just add a citrus note by adding 1-2 preserved lemons.
Use a ready-made spice blendIt is common for merchants to make a ready-made chermoula spice mix which can then be ground together with fresh parsley, cilantro, and garlic to make chermoula. Love saving time? Then I definitely recommend this method as you will have your sauce ready in a fraction of the time!