Harissa with Fresh Chillies

Harissa paste is made from a blend of North-African spices and particularly from dried chillies. This recipe is adapted to make use of fresh chillies and for you to be able to adjust the heat according to your taste. Brush the paste onto any food that you want to add flavour to before cooking. Makes about 200ml. Keep refrigerated.

2 red bell peppers (sweet peppers)
2 red chillies
1 clove garlic
15ml tomato paste
15ml red wine vinegar
15ml smoked paprika
5ml salt
15ml coriander seeds
15ml caraway seeds
15ml cumin seeds

Roast/char the red peppers, remove the skin and seeds and add the flesh to the bowl of a food processor.
Chop the chillies and add it to the peppers.
Add the garlic, tomato paste, red wine vinegar, smoked paprika and salt.
Put a dry frying pan onto medium-high heat and toast the coriander, caraway and cumin seeds for 2 minutes. Shake the pan often to prevent the seeds from burning.
Grind the seeds and add to the rest of the mixture.
Process to a smooth paste.
Now taste the mixture and adjust according to taste. You may add more chopped chillies if you prefer more heat.
Spoon the harissa paste into a glass container and pour a small amount of vegetable oil on top.
Keep in the refrigerator.

2 thoughts on “Harissa with Fresh Chillies

  1. Hi Karen

    Thank you for all the wonderful recipes!

    I want to make a big batch of the meatballs in tomato sauce… do you think I must cook them before freezing, or freeze raw?

    I am on a cooking spree in The Netherlands to help my daughter stock up after her having a baby. I tried to scan through the recipes; are there any other ‘simple’ recipes that you suggest I can do in bulk (for 4 or 5 meals) and freeze?


    Esther Erasmus 463C King’s Highway Lynnwood 0081 SOUTH AFRICA +2782-856-3401



    1. Hi Esther congratulations on becoming a grandmother!! I too have a daughter living in the Netherlands!!
      I would cook the meatballs before freezing and then wrap in aluminium foil, so that it can be re-heated in the foil. Quick and simple recipes which I have frozen successfully are the chicken pie, pumpkin pie, broccoli-chicken bake, bobotie and greek mosaka.
      Happy cooking and enjoy every moment of your visit!!


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