Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is NOT safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


"Parsley - the jewel of herbs, both in the pot and on the plate."
Albert Stockli, Chef

The refrigerator light goes on...

I read a lot of cooking magazines and watch a lot of cooking shows. Occasionally I listen to "The Splendid Table" (usually only when I am in the car). I was running errands the other day and heard Martha Rose Shulman talking about Chermoula, a Georgian cilantro sauce. Her description was so vivid and rich I went right home and began researching. I found almost as many names for this recipe as different versions.

As with most recipes, there were different things that appealed to me about each version. Most of this recipe comes from the Kindzis Satsebela that I found at the website. I changed a few items to more common ingredients and lightened it up a bit. Like Ms. Shulman, I used dried apricots because the Georgian apricot "leather" is not widely available. I do think, however, that soaking the apricots longer and using the liquid lends a silkier texture.


Georgian Cilantro Sauce

Servings: 12 | Serving size: 3 tablespoons sauce

Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3.

This recipe keeps well for about 5 days in the refrigerator and goes really well on sandwiches.

1 quart water
1/4 lb dried apricots
2 ounces walnuts
2 cups cilantro leaves and stems
1 cup curly parsley
1/4 cup fresh basil
1 tsp fresh tarragon
1/2 tsp salt
fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
2 cloves garlic
1/4 small white onion
1/2 lemon (juiced)
2 Tbsp olive oil

Place the water in a small pot over high heat. Add the apricots. When the water boils, let the apricots cook for one minute. Remove from heat and strain out the apricots, reserving about 1 cup of the water. Place the apricots in a small bowl and cover the apricots with the reserved water.

It's best to let the apricots soak overnight, but they need to soak at least 3 hours.

After the apricots have soaked, place them in a blender along with any liquid remaining in the bowl. Add the walnuts, cilantro, parsley, basil, tarragon, salt, pepper, garlic, onion, lemon juice and olive oil.

Puree until smooth.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 3 tablespoons sauce

Servings: 12

Amount Per Serving

Calories 79 Calories from Fat 46
% Daily Value
Total Fat 5g 8%
    Saturated Fat 1g 3%
    Monounsaturated Fat 2g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 102mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
    Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
    Sugars 5g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A 19% Vitamin C 17%
Calcium 2% Iron 4%
Vitamin K 94 mcg Potassium 186 mg
Magnesium 15 mg