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Monday, April 30, 2012

Amlou - Moroccan Almond Dip with Argan Oil


Ingredients

10 oz of unsalted raw Almonds
10 oz of Argan oil
Honey (to taste)
Directions

Roast the almonds in the oven at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes
Grind the almonds until you get an almond powder.
Add the Argan oil and the honey to the almond powder. Mix well with a spoon.
Note: To get a thinner consistency of Amlou, add more Argan oil. Adjust the sweetness of Amlou to your taste by adjusting the amount of honey.
Important information about Argan oil:.
1- Where does it grow?
Argan oil is considered 'Liquid Gold'. It is made from the nuts of the Argan tree that grows almost exclusively in the south of Morocco. If you drive by that region you can spot goats up in the Argan tree feasting on the fruit!
2- A beauty product?
Argan oil is exceptionally rich in vitamin E, carotenes, essential fatty acids, etc. It is believed to help all sorts of skin conditions: dry skin, acne, wrinkles, and so on. Moroccan women use it as a beauty product on their skin, hair and nails. Nowadays, you can find many commercial beauty products made of Argan oil.
3- Culinary oil?
In Morocco, Argan oil is used in many recipes including couscous, tajines, and salad dressings. The simplest recipe is to dip grilled bread in Argan oil and honey, and eat it as part of the breakfast meal.