Harissa is a spicy sauce from Tunisia. You can use it in many many dishes.


As is always the case with traditional dishes, there are many variations. I like spicy so for instance I remove the seeds from only half the peppers. If you like a more mild sauce, remove all the seeds.

Dried red peppers

Please by your dried red peppers at a local oriental supermarket. They're so much cheaper! It's insane!

Food processor versus mortar

You could make this in a mortar but that's takes way more time than using a food processor, So yeah, even though you see a mortar on the photo, I made this using a food processor!


cooking time10 min
total cooking time40 min
servings: 8


  • 30 grams dried red chili's
  • 1 teaspoon koriander seed
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seed
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika powder
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 blikje tomato puree a 70 grams
  • salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar


  • Let your dried chili's sit in hot water for about 30 minutes.
  • Roast the cumin and coriander seeds.
  • Put the spices together with the paprika powder, garlic, lemon juice and tomato puree in the food processor.
  • Drain the chili's but save the liquid. Add the chili's to the food processor and whizz.
  • Gradually add the oil. Add some of the chili liquid if it's still too thick.
  • Breng als laatste op smaak met zout en suiker. Bewaar in de koelkast.

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