On of my favourite spice mixtures is the Moroccan chermula “sauce”. It’s the perfect spice to accompany a tajine. You can buy it ready made in good food stores but it’s easily made at home.

2 garlic gloves


1/2 tsp sweet paprika powder

a bunch of fresh cilantro

1/2 bunch fresh Italian Parsley

1/2 ground cumin

1/4 ground fresh black pepper

juice of one lemon

1 tsp vinegar

1 tbl oil

Mix the salt, garlic and paprika in a blender or mortar to a paste. Add the rest of the spices and herbs and mix together. Ad the lemon, oil and vinegar and mix till you have a smooth paste.

Slowly heat the mixture over medium heat to bring the the flavours together, but don’t let it cook.

Let the the chermula cold down before you use it.

Buy the way, carrots are very nice with chermula.



Fish tajine with lemon, fiq, tomato, potatoes and chermula.