Middle Eastern Green Sauce

Middle Eastern Green Sauce

Middle Eastern Green Sauce


This traditional hot green, herby condiment is served in little jars at my favorite falafel joint. Slather into a pita with hummus and tomatoes or a little grilled lamb, or on fried eggs and hash browns, or to brighten a yankee pot roast.


1 tsp. cumin seeds

1 tsp. coriander seeds

Leaves from 1 small bunch parsley

Leaves and tender stems from 1 small bunch cilantro

2 serrano or jalapeno chiles

3 garlic cloves

6 scallions

1/2 tsp. salt

¼ C. olive oil


Toast the cumin and coriander seeds in a small dry pan over medium-high heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Coarsely grind in a spice mill or with a mortar and pestle. Coarsely chop the parsley, cilantro, chiles, garlic, and scallions. Pulse with the salt in a food processor or blender until you have a rough puree. Transfer the herb puree to a bowl and stir in the ground spices and olive oil. This is best the day it is made.

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