>> Sunday, August 24, 2008
Nicole from For the Love of Food started a food event named Taste&Create. The objective of creating this event was, and has been, to create a community of blogger who test each others’ recipes and share links. It's cool, isn't it?
After forgetting so many times to send email to her, finally I got a chance to join Taste&Create XIII. Yay! I was so exciting to know who's gonna be my partner. Then when Nicole sent me a partner list by email, I became more exciting. I really am lucky to be partnered with Zlamushka from Zlamushka's Spicy Kitchen because she has the same desired as mine about spicy food. Straightaway after looking around her kitchen, I chose this recipe.
I've eaten harissa chili sauce once when my better half and I was in Amsterdam last year. Harissa was served as condiment when we had shawarma as our lunch. I liked it very much and so did my hubby. By making this harissa, I hoped that I could surprise my beloved, and it worked! He did surprised that I know the recipe. For sure you know the rest! Yup, he kissed me for making his fav chili sauce.
Here I said that I made Tunisian chili sauce while Zlamushka only labeled it as African spicy harissa chilis sauce. I'm dare to tell you that the one that she made is originally from Tunisia since my hubby (who's happens to be Arabian) knows the difference of harissa between the African country. He said that not all parts in Africa know about this chili sauce. The part that made harissa is a region in North Africa known as western Arabic countries or named as Maghreb. By tasting harissa, he knew it directly that this harissa is belong to the Tunisian.
Zlamushka said "I have to admit myself, that this sauce is probably the one that I make most often, probably because (1) it is ready in no-time, (2) there are countless ways of using it and (3) a simple reason - everybody loves it".
I won't disagree with her since it is ready in no-time, can be used for every kind of food (I've tried it with Jamaican food and Indonesian fried rice), and my hubby loves it!
This one is definitely gonna be a keeper in our home.
I didn't make significant modification, I just added 2 more olive oil and my own method.
Thanks Zlamushka for the recipe!
African Spicy Harissa Chili Sauce
Recipe by Zlamushka, slightly modified by me
12 dried chilies, soak in hot water, drain
1 tbsp coriander seeds
2 tsp cumin seeds
3 cloves of garlic
½ tsp salt
7 tbsp olive oil
1. Dry fry the seeds and crush them in a mortar.
2. Add garlic and salt. Continue grinding.
3. Add chilies and keep on grinding until it become paste.
4. Place it on a sauce bowl and pour into olive oil. Mix well.