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Harisa - North African Chile Paste Recipe
Harīsa is sold in tubes by both Tunisian and French firms. The Tunisian one is better, but neither can compare to your own freshly made from this recipe.
Be very careful when handling hot chiles, making sure that you do not put your fingers near your eyes, nose, or mouth, or you will live to regret it. Wash your hands well with soap and water after handling chiles. After you make your first harīsa, with all the modern conveniences, I hope you can appreciate what exacting women’s work this was, making it in the traditional mortar.
|Mildly hot dried guajillo chiles||2 Ounce|
|Mild dried anaheim chiles||2 Ounce|
|Garlic||5 Clove (25 gm), peeled|
|Extra virgin olive oil||2 Tablespoon|
|Freshly ground caraway seeds||1⁄2 Teaspoon|
|Freshly ground coriander seeds||1⁄4 Teaspoon|
|Salt||1 1⁄2 Teaspoon|
|Extra virgin olive oil||1 Tablespoon (For Topping Off)|
Serving size: Complete recipe
Calories 673 Calories from Fat 449
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 49 g74.9%
Saturated Fat 3.7 g18.5%
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 2976.2 mg124%
Total Carbohydrates 54 g17.9%
Dietary Fiber 18.3 g73.1%
Sugars 26.1 g
Protein 9 g19%
Vitamin A 401.4% Vitamin C 258.2%
Calcium 9.9% Iron 24.9%
*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet
2. Transfer the mixture to a small bowl and stir in the caraway, coriander, and salt. Store in a jar and top off, covering the surface of the paste with a layer of olive oil. Whenever the paste is used you must always top off with olive oil making sure no paste is exposed to air, otherwise it will spoil.
Variation: To make a hot harīsa, use 4 ounces dried guajillo chiles and ½ ounce dried de Arbol chiles.
Note: To make āla al-harīsa (harīsa sauce) used as an accompaniment to grilled meats, stir together 2 teaspoons harīsa, 3 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons water and 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley leaves.
Makes 1 cup
Image and Recipe © Clifford A. Wright
This recipe is excerpted from the book Some Like It Hot by Clifford A. Wright.For more information or to purchase the book, please visit CliffordAWright.Com