2 cups cilantro leaves (2 large bunches)
1 1/2 cups parsley leaves (1 large bunch)
3-4 cloves garlic (to taste), halved
1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon salt (to taste)
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon coriander (I used 2 1/2 teaspoons of a cumin/coriander mix)
1/8 teaspoon cayenne (more to taste)
1/3 to 1/2 cup olive oil, to taste
1/4 cup lemon juice
Coarsely chop the cilantro and parsley. Then place them in a food processor and chop very fine, or chop on a cutting board. You should have 1 cup finely chopped herbs.
Place the garlic and salt in a mortar and puree. Add a small handful of the chopped herbs and gently but firmly grind until the herbs begin to dissolve. Add another handful. When all of the herbs have been mashed, work in the spices, 1/3 cup olive oil and lemon juice. Taste and adjust seasonings.
I don't have a mortar so instead, after I had the finely chopped herbs, I added chopped garlic and salt and tried to just mash it in with an ice cream scoop (it was all I could find that was vaguely pestle shaped). Then I added the other ingredients and just kind of mixed and attempted to grind. It's not quite as sauce-like as it would be as written but more has the consistency of a pesto. Still quite good.