Harissa – A traditional chilli paste used in Africa and Middle Eastern Cooking

by Hot Juan on April 24, 2010 · 2 comments

in Recipes

Harissa originates from North Africa / Middle East. It is a smooth paste made from dried chillies, garlic and olive oil, it can often include other ingredients such as caraway seeds, cumin, coriander and salt.


  • 2-3 large dried red chillies
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp caraway seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin, ground
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds, ground
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • olive oil

You can adjust the heat by selecting different chillie varieties.

Soak the chillies for about an hour in warm water, remove from the water and dry carefully, place in a blender with the peeled garlic, caraway, cumin and the salt. Add a little olive oil if required making the paste smooth.

Traditionally it is stored with a thin layer of olive oil covering the surface to stop oxidation.

An excellent sellection of dried chillies is available from on-line retailers like ChilliPepperPete and Hot-Headz

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