Harissa Paste - Tunisia

Harissa is a Tunisian hot chili pepper paste.  The main ingredients of which are red peppers, serrano peppers and other hot chili peppers and spices and herbs such as garlic paste, coriander seed, or caraway as well as some vegetable or olive oil for preservation. It is most closely associated with Tunisia, Libya and Algeria.

Harissa is described as "Tunisia's main condiment", or "the national condiment of Tunisia".  In Tunisia, harissa is used as an ingredient in a meat (goat or lamb) or fish stew with vegetables, and as a flavoring for couscous. In European countries it is used sometimes as a breakfast spread for tartines or rolls. Harissa paste can also be used as a rub for meat or eggplants. In Israel, harissa is a common topping for sabich and shawarma.  

For the marathon this week the theme is Condiment from Countries, wherein we have to choose condiments, sauces, spreads or seasonings - its week 3 - day 13. 


10 - 15 Dry Red chilies - soaked in warm water
1 Tablespoon Coriander seeds
1 Tablespoon Cumin seeds
1/2 Tablespoon Caraway seeds
8 Cloves Garlic
Salt to taste
1/4 Cup  Oil


Deseed dry red chillies and soak in warm water for 30 minutes.  Here I,  have used Kashmiri Red Chillies.

Completely drain all the water from chillies before grinding (no water should be).

To make the harissa, first slightly roast coriander, cumin and caraway seeds and once cooled finely grind it. 

Grind together chillies, garlic and the ground powder by adding oil little at a time. Make a thick paste only using oil no water. You can store this in fridge and use to make chicken, meat, eggplants or even grilled potatoes.

Labels : Chutneys & Dips, Masalas, Homemade, Blogging Marathon, Continental Cuisine, Tunisia

Posting a new pics of the paste that is made today...

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Sneha's Recipe
Sneha's Recipe

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  1. Yes Harissa is a very popular sauce and a delicious one.

  2. wow cumin, coriander and caraway.. I am sure this would have flavorful and spicy. great color

  3. Guess many of us did Harissa...good one..

  4. Harissa is one of the popular condiment this time in BM.. nice choice

  5. Have to make this homemade harissa very soon, looks like everyone tried their hands with Harissa..

  6. Spicy & flavorful red chili sauce. Love that color.

  7. Besides hummus, this one too seems a popular choice of this BM. :)

  8. Looks delicious. Love the colour.

  9. I've been making this at home for a while now - love the creamy texture of your version