Chraime is a traditional Moroccan dish with a tomato based sauce. It’s spicy and has a lovely taste of cilantro.
By Maya Moscovich
Chraime is a traditional Moroccan dish of fish cooked in tomato based sauce. It’s spicy and has a dominant taste of cilantro which I love. Although I had no fish (minor detail right?), I used the shrimps I had in my freezer. The result was a delicious shrimp dish with strong Mediterranean flavor. Of course I immediately served it with a big piece of bread to dip in the sauce. I didn’t make it spicy this time because I wanted the kids to enjoy it as well however, in the recipe below you’ll have the option to make it spicy. Either way, it turns out fabulous.
- 600gr (1.3lbs) Shrimps (I cut the tails)
- ½ Cup Vegetable Oil
- 4 tbsp Sweet Paprika
- 12 Garlic Cloves - Minced
- 3 Fresh Tomatoes – Cubed finely
- 4-6 Slices of fresh Lemon
- ½ tsp Sugar
- 2 Cups Water
- 1 tbsp Ground Cumin
- 1 Bunch Fresh Cilantro – Finely Chopped
- 1 tbsp Hot Paprika - Optional For a Spicy Dish
- In a wide pot, heat vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the Paprika and minced garlic and stir well for about 1 minute. Stir consistently to avoid sticking.
- Add the tomatoes and keep mix them in.
- Add the water, sugar, ground cumin and lemon slices, mix all together and let boil.
- Once boiled, lower heat and add the shrimps and finely chopped cilantro.
- Let cook over low heat for about 30 minutes.
Being born and raised in Israel, Mayas nutrition always consisted of food that’s spiced well, light on the stomach and includes a lot of vegetables, fruits and olive oil. Now residing in Halifax, Nova Scotia, she is on a quest to reconnect with the food traditions of her home country.