Harissa is the classic flavor of Tunisia, a fiery hot sauce that is widely used across Algeria and Morocco as well. Plenty of dried hot chili peppers, garlic and roasted cumin seeds give harissa a characteristic burst of fire that works wonderfully as a condiment for couscous, flatbreads and vegetables and also as an ingredient in soups, stews and salad dressings. If you're looking for a creative way to spice up any of these kinds of dishes, try adding a little harissa — but be sparing with it until you're used to it!
This is a typical version of harissa, although caraway seeds and tomatoes are often used in variations. It's a little trouble to make it, especially if you were to use the traditional method of grinding the ingredients with a mortar and pestle, but it keeps for months when stored in a jar with a tight-fitting lid with olive oil poured over the top.
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
Cuisine: North African
Published on May 19, 2007
Plenty of dried hot chili peppers, garlic and roasted cumin seeds give this traditional Tunisian condiment a characteristic burst of fire that works wonderfully for couscous, flatbreads, vegetables, soups, stews and salad dressings