Common in Moroccan cooking, Charmoula is a paste, sauce, rub, or marinade used for seasoning meat, fish, poultry, and grilled vegetables. It is also a sauce that can be used as a food dip. Typical ingredients may include items such as onions, coriander, cloves, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, lemon juice, cilantro, parsley, and olive oil or vinegar. Some recipes use mayonnaise or yogurt cheese to add texture and a thicker consistency to the Charmoula. Another North African marinade that may be confused with this sauce is referred to as Chermoula, which is most often only used as a marinade.
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