If spicy is your taste, you need to try out the Harissa Sauce – it’s hot, it’s fiery, it’s trending and it can add some much-needed zing to plain old pita bread, your favorite vegetable stew, a boring sandwich or the new dish you’re making for dinner.
What Is The Harissa Sauce?
The Harissa sauce comes from North Africa and is a condiment made from chilli peppers, garlic, cumin, coriander, spices, mint and olive oil – something that people are eager to try out, thanks to their recent interest in African and Middle Eastern cuisine. It comes in the form of a red paste and can be used in cooking to perfect a Sunday family dinner.
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The recipe of a good Harissa sauce varies from region to region, and brand to brand with a variety of peppers – Serrano peppers, red peppers and Baklouti peppers mixed with the standard caraway, saffron, garlic, and coriander. Some brands contain tomatoes and rose petals as well, as the latter balances out the spiciness with its sweetness. All these ingredients are then blended into olive oil or vegetable in a paste form for added freshness and flavor.
Where Does It Come From?
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The origins of the Harissa sauce have been traced back to Tunisia, and is known as ‘the national condiment’ of the nation – aren’t we all glad about that? It’s extremely popular in the Maghreb region now occupied by Libya, Morocco and Algeria as well. Tunisia was the first African nation to use chilli peppers in their cooking, and it remains the highest exporter of Harissa even today.
Where To Buy?
Of course, nothing can beat the freshly-made, homemade Harissa sauce – the taste and flavor are on another level altogether. Thanks to the gift of globalization, you can buy them at an African or Middle Eastern store. If you don’t live near one, try looking at the international aisle of your nearest shopping center. If not there, go online.
What Can I Make It With It?
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Anything! Slather it on everyday dishes, vegetables, meats, soups, stews, and dips, tofu or even burgers and French fries! Just explore and play around with your chilies and sauces!
Doesn’t their mere thought make you think of your next meal? Why wait, when you can just grab a jar of Harissa sauce and drizzle it on everything – just be careful, though. Trust me, you don’t want your tongue going up in flames.
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