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Charmoula Herb Paste Recipe


A spoon dips into a pale green spread
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Charmoula is an all-purpose North African herb paste used as a marinade, sauce, relish, dip, and spread.

Course:
Sauces and Condiments
Cuisine:
African

Makes:

Servings: 2 cups

Takes:

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 large lemons
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves and flat leaf parsley, de-veined and lightly packed
  • 6 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ras el hanout
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
Notes:
Note. If you can't find flat leaf parsley or cilantro, you can use basil, mint, other parsleys, and other mild herbs.
 
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Method

  • Scrape off the zest of one of the lemons, just the thin yellow exterior, trying to not get the white pith, and add it to a bowl.
  • Cut the zested lemon and the intact lemon in half and squeeze out the juice into a separate bowl. Then strain it into the bowl with the zest.
  • Chop the greens finely and add to the bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl and stir. If you wish, you can add the whole thing to a food processor and puree it until smooth.