Haroset from Morocco


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Haroset from Morocco

On the Passover seder plate, haroset symbolizes the mortar used by slaves in Egypt. This is a Moroccan variation on the recipe.


1 lb (500 g) dates, pitted and chopped
1-1/2 cups sweet red Passover wine
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
ground cloves ground cloves
1 cup (125 g) walnuts, coarsely chopped


Categories: Appetizer, Sephardic, spring, Vegan, Vegetarian, Pesach


Put the dates into a pan with the wine, cinnamon, and cloves and simmer, stirring occasionally, until you have a soft paste. Put through the food processor if you want a smoother texture. Let it cool and stir in the walnuts.

Variation: A Libyan version is flavored with ground ginger, nutmeg, and cloves -- 1/4 teaspoon of each.

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Claudia Roden

Claudia Roden is one of England's leading food writers. Her works include the James Beard Award winning The Book of Jewish Food and A Book of Middle Eastern Food.