Harissa in a tube
Harissa is the iconic fiery paste from Tunisia. Traditionally associated with just Tunisian and Algeria. It has now spread in popularity across much of North Africa. The word harissa comes from the Arabic 'to break into pieces', traditionally done in a pestle and mortar.
A basic harissa recipe usually contains: bird eye chillies, red pepper, garlic, cumin, salt and oil. Caraway is a popular addition, as it is a little mint and paprika, and some varieties have rose petals added. The paste can vary in strength from a slightly tingly relish to spread on meats, to a mind-blowing fiery paste that leaves your nose numb.
Great mixed into a marinade with some oregano, garlic and olive oil, guaranteed to liven up couscous: just a teaspoon is all you need. Add a little to Greek yogurt as a dip with a kick. Why not try our harissa tasting set