Saturday, February 26, 2011

Green Mojo

Simona from Briciole is busy hosting both editions of Weekend Herb Blogging and this week I thought I'd turn my attention to Coriander (Cilantro).

coriander© by Haalo

I'll be using this coriander to make a Green Mojo - mojo means sauce and these sauces have their origins in the Canary Islands. There are also red and orange versions but I've settled on this vibrant green variety - delicately spiced with ground cumin and a touch of smoked paprika.

Green Mojo© by Haalo

Green Mojo

2 garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped
sea salt flakes
1 bunch coriander, leaves picked
½-1 teaspoon ground cumin, to taste
smoked paprika, to taste
sherry vinegar vinegar
olive oil

I've made this is a mortar and pestle - it takes less than a minute, you could also do this in a small food processor.

Place the garlic cloves and a pinch of sea salt flakes into your mortar - use the pestle to grind this into a smoothish paste. Sea salt flakes have a great cutting action and will turn the garlic into paste with very little effort.

Next add in the picked coriander leaves, using a pounding action to break the leaves up, then sprinkle in ½ teaspoon of ground cumin and a pinch of paprika. Use the pestle in a stirring action to form a rough amalgamated paste.

Pour in a little sherry vinegar and a tablespoon of olive oil and continue stirring. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

Finish off with enough oil to form a thick sauce - the consistency you're after is like a dipping sauce.

This sauce works well with fish and shellfish but also is a great match to potatoes - be they simply boiled or roasted in skin.


  1. This is almost the recipe for the coriander/ coriander-mint chutney that accompanies a lot of North Indian snacks. Instead of vinegar, lime/lemon juic eis used.
    Looks beautiful!

  2. I like the addition of cumin and smoked paprika. And I wonder how the recipe would work using parsley instead of coriander. I love the deep green color and also the small bowl in which you put it. Thank you!

  3. This looks like an awesome recipe, I'll definitely try it in the future

  4. So vibrant and I can just imagine the piquant aroma.

  5. I've used this recipes several times, it is wonderful!


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