by rayandskye

If you want to have a serous life changing experience then you need to try Harissa. Harissa is a North African condiment made with chilies and garlic and most importantly Cumin. I think Cumin has to be hands down my number one favorite spice Ever! I don’t even know where to being to describe the taste. Its earthy and nutty and spicy and smoky all at the same time. Its amazing.

This is my recipe for Harissa. I play it by ear sometimes and adjust the seasonings as I go along so feel free to do that as well.


  • 1 bag of small chili peppers (4oz bag)
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 2 T cumin
  • 2 tsp corriander
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 cups of olive oil
  1. Remove the seeds from the chili peppers (this can be very tedious and make you sneeze)
  2. Put the chili peppers in a bowl and cover with hot water and let steep for 1 hour
  3. Strain the chili peppers pressing out any extra liquid and put in a food processor
  4. Peel an entire head of garlic and put in the food processor
  5. Add the spices, salt and olive oil
  6. Blend until you get a smooth consistency and adjust spices to your liking

This makes three cups of Harissa. I put mine in two 12 oz Ball Jars and gave one away as a gift. After each use of Harissa you can drizzle a tiny bit of olive oil on the top to keep it from drying out.

I put Harissa on everything. Its great with eggs, potatoes or even mixed into tomato soup. Pretty much anything that you would put hot sauce on or want to add a kick to Harissa will be your go to spicy condiment. Trust me you’ll be addicted soon!