Harissa sauce is a Tunisian hot chilli sauce. This version is for the more faint hearted and has large roasted red peppers in greater quantity than the mouth exploding red chillies. I love it as it is very useful for any number of situations. I use it on fish, chicken, roasted vegetables and even on a salad with leaves and couscous. Its a really good thing to have in the fridge.
A word on “stuff in the fridge” The title “quarter master” springs to mind. By that I mean, if you want to have interesting healthy meals, they don’t just happen. Sometimes its a lot like hard work. I tend to have (on a sliding scale of freshness and availability), things like humous, baba ganoush, tahini sauce, roasted vegetables, pesto, roasted tomatoes, breads, cooked pulses, etc etc that get incorporated into salads or part of main meals or into sauces. You get my point? This all requires management. I think ahead, so if I know I have lots of mint growing, I’ll plan the ingredients for tabbouleh salad, or if I have basil, it’ll be pesto. I grant you I spend a lot of time thinking about food, but I believe planning must be involved to eat healthily, otherwise you simply throw together whatever is easiest and fills you quickest.
About 1 cup of sauce
1 large red roasted pepper skin off
1tbsp olive oil
1 small red onion chopped
1 red chilli finely chopped
3 garlic cloves crushed
1/2 tsp coriander seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp caraway seeds
juice 1 lime/1/2 lemon
1tbsp tomato paste
salt and pepper
Dry roast the seeds until they are popping and smelling delicious, then tip into a motor and pestle or spice mill and grind until as smooth as possible.
Heat the olive oil and gently soften the onion, garlic and chillies. When all the various ingredients are ready, tip into the food processor and blitz until smooth.
A nice addition particularly for the chicken and fish is to add a heaped tablespoonful of greek yogurt into the sauce and mix it in well. It just makes it a bit creamier.