Homemade Harissa Paste Recipe

Condiment to flavour up African recipes

Archana Doshi
Homemade Harissa Paste Recipe
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The Homemade Harissa Paste Recipe is a versatile condiment/chutney that one must make to flavor a variety of dishes. Traditionally the red chilies used in a harissa is from a Northwest African chile pepper, but using local red peppers and dehydrated chillies also works well to get the flavors very similar to the original. There are a variety of recipes you can make with the Harissa Paste, from Pizzas to Pastas to Salads and many more.

Here are a few recipes that you can make with harissa paste

  1. Harissa Roasted Carrot Pizza with Pomegranate Sauce & Greek Yogurt
  2. Couscous Eggplant And Tomato Gratin Recipe
  3. Spiced Cauliflower And Almond Soup Recipe
  4. Spicy Moroccan Eggs Recipe

Cuisine: Continental
Course: Side Dish
Prep in

15 M

Cooks in

20 M

Total in

35 M


10 Servings


  • 4 Red Bell pepper (Capsicum) , deseeded and finely chopped
  • 4 cloves Garlic , roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup Sun Dried Tomatoes , soaked in olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Coriander (Dhania) Seeds
  • 1 tablespoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 4 Dry Red Chillies
  • 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar
  • Salt , to taste

How to make Homemade Harissa Paste Recipe

  1. To begin making the Homemade Harissa Recipe, all you need is a set of basic ingredients. Make sure you have all of them ready and kept aside.

  2. The first step is to roast the red bell peppers, you can roast them in the oven on in a wok. I personally prefer roasting it in the wok, as it gets done faster and gets great flavors as well. 

  3. Heat a teaspoon of oil in the wok, add the garlic, the chopped red bell peppers and sprinkle some salt. Stir fry the red bell pepper on medium heat until well roasted and softened. Once you notice the peppers are roasted and softened turn off the heat.

  4. In the next step, we have to roast the coriander, cumin and chillies. Heat a small pan on medium heat and add the coriander, cumin seeds and dry red chillies. Roast on medium heat until you smell the aromas coming through. This will take less than 2 minutes.

  5. The next step is to process all the ingredients in a food processor. Add the roasted peppers, the roasted coriander and cumin and the remaining ingredients including the olive oil into the food processor. Process all the ingredients to make a smooth paste. 

  6. The Harissa Paste is now ready for used as a condiment in a variety of dishes like Harissa Roasted Carrot Pizza with Pomegranate Sauce & Greek YogurtCouscous Eggplant And Tomato Gratin Recipe and more.