Harissa paste is a Tunisian hot chilli pepper paste, the main ingredients of which are roasted red peppers, Baklouti peppers or Serrano peppers, spices and herbs such as garlic paste, coriander seeds, cumin and olive oil to carry the oil-soluble flavours. It can be enjoyed over squash or carrots with fennel. It can also be used with a lemon salad dressing or together with a Beef Hamburger as a condiment. If you love spicy and smokiness, this is for you
Serves: 10 Prep time: 30 Minutes Cook time: 0 Minutes Ready in: 30 Minutes
Nutrition: Calories 46 Carbs: 3.8g Protein: 0.9g Fat: 3.5g
100 g chillies 25 g coriander 25 g cumin 15 g coarse salt 6 garlic cloves, peeled 60 ml olive oil
1Add dried chilies to a mixing bowl or measuring cup and cover with hot water.
2Once submerged, cover and steam for 15-20 minutes to rehydrate and set aside.
3In the meantime, add cumin and coriander seeds to a small skillet and toast over medium heat for a few minutes, or until fragrant and they start to pop.
4Then transfer to a mortar and pestle (if you dont own one, just add to a food processor to mix later), and crush into a fine powder.
5Next add the minced garlic and salt, and mix until youve achieved a paste. Transfer paste to food processor.
6Once chiles are rehydrated, drain and remove the stems and seeds (I recommend wearing gloves to protect your hands), then add to food processor. At this point, all ingredients (besides olive oil) should be in the food processor.
7Blend for 1-2 minutes, scraping down sides as needed until a smooth paste is achieved.
8Then stream in the olive oil while blending to create a saucier consistency.
9Add more oil (or water) as needed until desired consistency is achieved.
10Taste and adjust flavour as needed, adding paprika for smokiness, or cayenne pepper for taste.
11If its not spicy enough at this point, you can add more chillies (rehydrated and seeds removed).
12Scoop paste into a jar to store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
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