Recipe: Delicious Harissa!

harissa-pasteThis is a fiery North African paste that is orangey-red in colour. It’s a mixture of peppers, dried red chillies, garlic, caraway seeds, ground cumin and coriander, salt and olive oil. It can be used as a condiment or as an ingredient in cooking and provides a real boost as an accompaniment to a tomato sauce, stirred into soups or stews or added to a variety of meat dishes

Makes: 150ml jar

Preparation time: 15 mins


1 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tbsp caraway seeds
2 tsp cumin seeds
200g red chili peppers, roughly chopped
1 small red bell pepper, roughly chopped
1 garlic bulb, peeled and roughly chopped
1/2 a bunch of fresh coriander, roughly chopped
1 tbsp dried mint
1 tbsp salt
olive oil

Roast coriander, caraway, and cumin seed in a dry pan for about 2 minutes and ground in a pestle and mortar. (The smell of this will be incredibly fragrant!)
Put the ground spices, all the other ingredients, and about 2-3 tbsps of olive oil in a mixer or food processor. Blend until you get a thick paste. Fill into a sterilized jar and put a bit of olive oil on top to prevent drying-out. Keep in the fridge!

We are always looking for ways to add spice to our lives – what is your favourite spice recipe?

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Posted on May 3, 2012, in Recipes and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Looks great, will definately make some of this up! Might be a great side condiment to a big hot smoked salmon and avocado omelette…

  2. Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat.Com™ and commented:
    Harissa: A very spicy but very good “condiment” type paste for cooking or for using as a spread. Mix it into your tomato sauces for a kick from bland into bam. Thank you the blog: “Paleo Works.”

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