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Recipe: Homemade Tunisian Harissa

Recipes and photos courtesy of Embassy of Tunisia in Japan.


Homemade Harissa



  • 2 cups hot dried chillies
  • 2 cups mild dried chillies
  • 5 gloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoon ground coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon ground caraway seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt



  1. Soak dried chillies in hot water for 30 minutes. Drain. Remove stems and seeds.
  2. Using mortar and pestle or a food processor, combine chilli peppers, garlic, salt and olive oil. Blend.
  3. Add remaining spices and blend to form a smooth paste.


Edited by Rika Sakai & Robert Sakai-Irvine