Friday 15 February 2019

Harissa- Recipe Swap February

I am a member of the facebook Recipe swap group where food bloggers are paired with another blogger in the group and they get the opportunity to discover their partners blog and select a recipe to recreate. This is a great way to make new friends, discover new blogs to follow and learn new styles of global cuisines. 

The month of February I was allocated Mirelle's blog theschizochef . I am very familier with Mirelles blog as I have been visiting it for anumber of years. Mirelle used to actively participate in my flavours of series and create and carve series. What can I say about this Amazing blog? There is a recipe from every nation you can think of and the choice is so big that it was super hard to choose what to make. Ater spending hours looking through the recipes, Iwas  particularly  drawn to Mirelles African inspired recipes as I was born in East Africa and some of her recipes evoked lots of childhood memories.

After short listing something like 10 recipes, I finally settled on her home made Harissa recipe as I love spicy marinades and this Harissa paste has so many uses. I followed the recipe exact to her instructions, only exception was I reduced the quantity  to make one jar full only.

Yield: 1 jar

Harissa Paste

A spicy North Afican Red Chilli and garlic paste that is perfect for marinades and using as a dip when added to yoghurt and mayonaisse .
prep time: 30 minscook time: total time: 30 mins


  • 4 oz. dried chilles
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried mint
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3-4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro


  1. Place the chillies in a bowl with enough boiling water to cover. Let sit for 30 minutes, until chilies are softened
  2. In a dry skillet, roast the coriander, cumin and caraway until fragrant. Let cool. Using a spice grinder, grind to a powder.
  3. Drain chilies, reserving a little of the liquid.
  4. Add all the ingredients to a blender jug like the Optimum 9400 and blend to a smooth paste. If the consistency is a little stiff add a little more of the liquid that the chillies were soaked in.
  5. Transfer the Harissa to a sterilised bottle and keep refrigerated.
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I made my Harissa sauce in my Optimum 9400 Blender and it blended it to a lovely smooth paste in seconds. The blender is so versatile and powerful that it grinds, pulses, makes ice cream, soups and amazing smoothies and nut butters too. It is easy to clean and maintain too.

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  1. I'm glad you liked it and yes much better to make the smaller quantity. I usually give away some as gifts or freeze it. Harissa is one of my favorite condiments as it can be added to almost anything!

  2. The harissa sauce looks so tempting...i loved the ingredients used in it...i also love spicy sauces..need to give this a try

  3. This looks amazing! How do you use your harissa? I'd imagine it would be great to mix into eggs or as a replacement for ketchup.

  4. The sauce looks super flavourful and so inviting! I'd love to try this out some time - never tried making harissa at home, ever.

  5. I absolutely love Harissa! especially in my tagline recipes... they add such a quintessential flavor that cannot be replicated by any other chili sauce. I haven't made harissa myself yet but you recipe looks simple enough to follow and I'm definitely going to try this out. Bookmarking!

  6. I really like this sauce as it has some spices added to it.. Made it when I was in Brazil. You can use it in many ways.

  7. Homemade sauces are the best. Love the colour of the sauce and its such a doable recipe as the ingredients are not difficult to find.

  8. Love the sound of that harissa recipe. I remember trying to make some years ago before I had a decent blender and it wasn't very successful. Gorgeous photos.

  9. Harissa is such a flavorful sauce to have at home. I love your overhead click of Harissa along with the ingredients. It is such a hard task to pick a recipe from Mir's blog. She has such good options.

  10. I love harrisa sauce and you have very clearly givenn the step by step instructions. Loved the sauce and the presentation

  11. Awesome one ...Never tried my hand in making harissa at home ....The sauce looks super flavorful and so inviting as well !!

  12. I love to use Harissa in my cooking and always keep a homemade paste in my fridge. Such a flavourful and easy to make at home.

  13. Home made sauces are the best and this homemade harissa looks awesome

  14. Cooking sauces at home is quite realistic and easy if you follow all the rules for cooking.


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