Moroccan prawn m’chermal

Moroccan prawn m'chermal

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  • 4
  • Easy
  • Carb Conscious Health conscious Heart friendly Pescatarian
  • 20 minutes, plus 1 hour refrigeration time
  • 40 minutes


  • 1 small bunch of fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 small bunch of parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 t salt
  • 15 ml argan or extra virgin olive oil
  • 15 ml lemon juice
  • 16 large prawns, cleaned
  • For the m'chermel sauce (red sauce)
  • 1 red onion, quartered
  • 2 ml turmeric
  • 10 ml ras al hanout spice mix
  • 4 tomatoes, quartered
  • 60 ml pomegranate syrup

Cooking Instructions

Place the coriander, parsley, garlic and 2ml (½t) of the salt in a mortar then pound with a pestle until creamy.

Gradually add 7.5ml (½T) oil and 7.5ml (½T) lemon juice. Rub the sauce into the prawns then cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

About 30 minutes before serving, prepare the tomato sauce.

Heat a frying pan then add the remaining oil, the onion, turmeric, ras el hanout, tomato and pomegranate syrup.

Sprinkle with the remaining salt then simmer over a medium-low heat for about 8 minutes.

Add the prawns and cook for a further 4 minutes, or until pink in colour.

Taste, add the remaining lemon juice if necessary then serve hot.

Cook’s notes: This dish is rich in amino acids, omega-3 oils, phosphorus and antioxidants, B vitamins, selenium and zinc, and is an excellent food for the brain, memory, intellect and beauty.

Argan oil (a dark oil with a nutty fl avour made from the argan tree) is produced in Morocco, but can be bought at selected health shops.

Ras el hanout is a North African spice blend that can be bought ready-made at selected spice shops, or make your own ras el hanout at home.

M'chermal is the name of a traditional red sauce served with a variety of dishes in Morocco, or in which dishes are cooked.

Abigail Donnelly Recipe by: Abigail Donnelly
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