Tunisian Harissa

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READY IN: 40mins
Recipe by Elmotoo

I found this on a Tunisian website where Paula Wolfert was credited with the recipe. It's different from all the others on the site. I also edited out the caraway since I don't like the stuff. Cooking time includes the 30 minutes soaking time. Enjoy!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place dried chiles in bowl and pour boiling water over. Allow to stand for 30 minutes.
  2. Grind chiles in food processor with garlic, spices, red bell pepper and salt. Add enough oil to make a thick paste.
  3. Pack the mixture into a small jar. Cover harissa with thin layer of olive oil.
  4. Will keep in refrigerator for 3 weeks under a thin layer of oil. Check periodically.
  5. Table Harissa sauce: Combine 4 teaspoons of the above harissa sauce with 4 teaspoons of water and the juice of 1 lemon. Serve in small bowl and use as dipping sauce for fish or other meats.

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