Harissa paste

To make your own harissa paste might be to over complicate things a bit, but when I saw the original recipe I had to try. Having done it once, I will do it again. However, I might follow the original recipe a bit more thoroughly then.
Harissa with a seven star chili
Ingredients to the harissa paste:

  • 4 oz of hot chili, I used a seven star chili I got from +Hua Yu Yang.
  • 1/2 cup of ground coriander
  • 1/4 cup of salt
  • 1/4 cup of garlic
  • 1/4 cup of ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil + extra olive oil

As the picture above shows, I did not follow the recipe that well. Mostly because when I really read it, I had no time to soak the chili. That plus I used whole coriander and whole cumin which made the harissa quite crumbly. It also took quite some oil to keep it together, but it tastes really good.
The recipe is easy if you only have time.

  1. Start by soaking the chilies in warm water for 2 hours. Then rinse them.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a blender and have the extra olive oil until it becomes a thick paste. For a finer consistency rub paste through a sieve.

But as I show it is possible to modify some steps and still get the great taste. It is clear, however, that my blender does not work as good as a mortar on the coriander and cumin. There I failed somewhat for trying to save time.
Harissa and chili


  1. well done, the chili has served its purpose i hope :)

    1. Most certainly, but I am all out now so I need more ....

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