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Sharmula – Morroccan Marinade

“Moroccan cooks, to cook thicker cuts of fish, use a kind of relish-marinade of finely sliced or torn herbs and spices called chermoulla, tchermila, chermoula, or charmoula, which are various transliterations for sharmula, derived from the word meaning “to tear lightly.” Some cooks gently heat the sharmula in a pan or liquefy everything in a blender. The marinade can also be used with chicken. The suggested amounts in parentheses are in case you decide to put everything in a food processor.”

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Yield: Makes about 1 cup
Preparation Time: 1:15 hours

1/2 cup very finely chopped fresh coriander (cilantro) leaves (1 1/2 cups lightly-packed whole leaves)
1/2 cup very finely chopped fresh parsley leaves (1 1/2 cups lightly-packed whole leaves)
6 garlic cloves, peeled and very finely chopped
1 small onion, peeled and very finely chopped (1 whole small onion)
Juice of 1/2 lemon
6 to 8 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, as needed
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground cumin seeds
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon powdered saffron or a pinch of saffron threads, lightly toasted in an oven, and ground in a mortar
1 1/4 teaspoon salt

Mix all the ingredients together and refrigerate for 1 hour before using.


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