Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 6 mins
The fire engine color of this sauce is a sign of what is to come; harissa is hotter then hot. Once it is given a chance to sit for a while, the flavors of the lemon, cumin and chiles mix to make a wonderful sauce. Used sparingly it adds zest to stews, soups, and casseroles, it is also great served with lamb and beef. Added to dips it kicks things up just a tad. Be careful it is HOT! Source: Condiments by Kathy Gunst
- 1 cup dried hot red chili pepper
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 4 garlic cloves, peeled
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice, approx
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin powder
- olive oil
- Place the chiles in a medium saucepan and cover with cold water.
- Place over high heat and let the water come to a boil.
- Remove from heat and let sit for about an hour.
- Drain the chiles and place in a blender or food processor along with the salt and garlic.
- Blend the mixture and add the lemon juice, bit by bit, to keep the mixture moving. ( If the peppers don't seem to be blending, add additional lemon juice as needed.).
- Once the mixture is thoroughly blended, remove and place in a small glass jar.
- Stir in the cumin and smooth the mixture down.
- Pour enough olive oil over the "harissa" to completely cover the top.
- Cover and refrigerate.
- Makes about 1/2 cup.
Delicious (but handle with care!). I can buy Harissa here as well mixed with cream cheese to be used as a sandwich spread-it costs a fortune and is not so versatile. I am very happy to have found this recipe! Thank you so much for posting.