Added by CarolineB | Sat 07 Mar 2009 @ 18:56
Harissa is a Tunisian chili paste and is commonly used in the Maghreb region to season stews and other dishes. Depending on the type of chili the paste can be very hot!
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
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.
Note: You could also use dried chili peppers. Just let them soak in warm water for about 20-30 minutes and discard the water before blending.