50 grams whole dried red chillies
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
2 teaspoons caraway seeds
4 clove garlic
1/2 teaspoon sea salt flakes
HARISSA is a Tunisian hot chilli paste . The word ‘Harissa’ derives from the Arabic verb, ‘harasa’ which means ‘to pound’ or ‘to break into pieces’. Make sure you grind your chillis to get the maximum flavour out of them – the clues in the name! Then add roasted red peppers, garlic, coriander seeds, cumin and extra virgin olive oil . Spread over a whole chicken and serve with roasted butternut squash, flatbreads and plenty of fresh coriander.
- Soak chillies in water for 1-2 hrs.
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees (400 Fahrenheit).
- Drain the chillies and reserve the water.
- Toss the garlic in some oil and place in the oven for 12 minutes or until soft.
- In a dry pan over high heat lightly toast all the seeds until aromatic and remove them from the pan to a food processor.
- Process all ingredients until thick.
- Add 2 tbsp of reserved water.
- Add 1/3 cup of olive oil and process until smooth.
- Personally I make about triple this amount as once Iíve made it I tend to put it on everything.
- It keeps for weeks in a jar, just cover the surface with a little oil and pop it in the fridge.