Harissa Sauce

February 26, 2011

It can be quite frustrating... when your mind is set to cook a one particular dish... then upon running through the ingredients and found that the dish require that certain something... sauce or some fancy fresh produce!!!
and equally frustrating when you drove all the way to the stores (be it Woollies or Coles or IGA) and they dont have it on the shelf... very frustrating indeed!!!
Have you had that "moment"... when you go aaarrrggghhh...?

I would include Harissa Sauce in one of my 'aaaarrrrggghhh' list...
I have come across many recipes that uses Harissa Sauce but I have yet to see them making their appearances on the shelves... well I can only speak about the stores around my place ... give and take 5 km in radius from my house... 

That's when I started my hunt for the recipe... on the superspeed cyber highway... and came up with this Harissa Sauce

10 dried chilli -soaked
2 garlic - roughly chopped
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. Mix everything in a food processor and process into a paste.


  1. I never heard about this sauce, but similar to our chili pickle.. love the click & sauce looks so inviting..

  2. Whole Foods carries it in their refrigerated section.

  3. Saras,
    Originated fr Middle Eastern- Algeria and just like sambal to us.

  4. Allison,
    Whole Foods in Mt Lawley??? will check it out when I am in the area.
    Thank you for the info.. :)

  5. try it with pureed roasted red peppers (capsicum) fantastic!

  6. Brilliant, I usually don't make this as it's available everywhere here in Spain.

    But, sometimes it's nice to provide homemade when guests coming. I'm just a show off LOL.

    Thanks for sharing.

  7. I also have argh moments with harissa. In fact just had one on Friday. So glad I found your site, going to have to try this.

  8. I love your photo! It brings out the beautiful colour of the harissa!
    It's not surprising that so many recipes include it, it's very popular in Algeria (my country) and all of North Africa although usually served on or as a side to dishes rather than as an ingredient. I suppose the world likes to play with new ingredients in different ways!

    Gorgeous blog!

  9. Anonymous,
    That's a wonderful suggestion... :)

  10. Rochel,
    I know the feeling too well...:)

    Happy trying :)

  11. alglass
    Thank you.

    This is a beautiful sauce.. :D

  12. omgg i LOVE harissa!! There is a really good lebonese restaurant in NYC that i frequent called ilili and they havethe yummiest Harissa! Im definitely going to try your recipe!

  13. I love harissa. It's addictive as sambal :)

  14. ellie,
    it is... we finished the whole batch in one sitting :)

  15. This is new to me...and looks good too! TQ for sharing....

    I used to modify recipes when running out of ingredients until my eldest son got wise....so I told him to cook instead!

  16. Kak Yati,
    I loike the last bit..'told him to cook...' :D

  17. I ada one tube of harissa... was wondering it would be the same taste.

  18. Leemei,
    I have no idea how the ready made sauce would taste like... have not found one yet in Perth...
    Maybe you will be able to let me know... :)

  19. Ah you're my hero! Going to be making this for sure. (PS: pretty photos).

  20. Marisa,
    awww... you are so sweet :)