Saudi Arabia: Harissa Paste


“Harissa is a Maghrebian hot chili pepper paste. The main ingredients are roasted red peppers, serrano peppers and other hot chili peppers; spices and herbs such as garlic paste; coriander seed, or caraway as well as some vegetable or olive oil that act as a preservative. Harissa paste can also be used as a rub for meat or eggplants. The Saudi girls mentioned Harissa and meat so I suggest you give it a try.”

— Jackie Cameron

Yields: 250ml


  • 10gr Dried Red Chillies
  • 4 (600gr) Red Peppers
  • 3 cloves (15gr) Fresh Garlic
  • 2.5ml Fine ORYZ Salt
  • 45ml Olive Oil
  • 5ml Ground Coriander
  • 5ml Ground Caraway Seeds
  • 2.5ml Cumin


  1. Soak the dried chillies in hot water for 30 minutes. Drain, then remove the stems and seeds.
  2. Char-grill the peppers by placing them on an open gas flame or fire, keep turning them so they burn evenly. (This can be done within on gas oven on a tray drizzled with a little oil). Place these into a container, tightly wrap the top with cling wrap and allow to cool for 10minutes. Remove the black parts on the outside of the peppers, the stems and seeds.
  3. In a food processor blend all the ingredients together, to form a smooth paste.
  4. The paste can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge.