North African Harissa – Hot – 35g


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Product description

Tunisian Harissa is an integral ingredient in North African cuisine. It has an orangey-red and vibrant colour and scent. It is made from chillies, garlic, and various other spices and is characterized by its grainy consistency and tangy, slightly smokey flavour. It is often used as a paste or condiment by mixing a little olive oil and a dash of lemon juice.

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Flavour Notes:

North African Harissa has a peppery, smoky flavour with a slightly warm and fruity hint. Our Harissa blend is a hot variety, so perfect for adding a bite to a range of dishes like soups, grilled meats, curries or tagines.

Culinary Notes:

This bespoke spice blend is typical of the Tunisian style that is medium to hot. Harissa dishes are generally savoury, slightly sweet and tangy with medium heat, and sometimes slightly smokey. Add a little cayenne pepper to turn up the heat or add a little brown sugar to tone down the heat.Health Benefits:


Cumin, paprika, oregano, chilli, Australian sea salt (14.5%), garlic, caraway, mint, onion

country of origin:


Other names or spelling:

Tunisian chili paste, harissa mix, harissa, harissa sauce

How to use

  • Use 1 tbsp of spice to 500g of protein
  • Best added at the beginning of cooking to release the volatile oils in the spices to enjoy the full flavor
  • To enrich the flavor of your dish, add tomatoes and roasted red bell peppers.
  • Classic harissa paste is made by blending the harissa powder with a splash of hot water, chopped garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil. This can be used as a table condiment or a rub for meats, including chicken and fish, as well as for eggplant.
  • Mix with olive oil to form a smooth paste to drizzle into soups, stews, or rice dishes.
  • Use to flavor couscous dishes
  • Blend it into hummus to create a fresh and spicy flavored dip
  • Combine yogurt and harissa to create a spicy dip or condiment
  • Sprinkle Harissa on lamb, beef, fish, or chicken as a dry marinade/seasoning before roasting or grilling.
  • Traditionally, brown sugar can be added to help in the caramelization of the spices. To sweeten it up or if the spice is too hot please add 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon of brown sugar, to 1 tablespoon of the spice blend
  • Alternatively, for mild heat reduce the amount of spice to 2/3 of the recipe recommendation amount

The Spice People FAQs

Harissa Hot spice is known for its heat, but the level of spiciness can vary depending on the type and amount of chili peppers used in the blend. It’s generally considered to be quite spicy, so it’s recommended to use it cautiously, especially for those with a lower tolerance for heat.

Yes, you can adjust the spiciness of dishes made with Harissa Hot spice by varying the amount of spice blend you use. If you prefer milder heat, you can use less of the spice blend or mix it with other ingredients like yoghurt or coconut milk to temper the heat.

To preserve its flavour and potency, it’s best to store Harissa Hot spice in an airtight container in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Proper storage can help extend the shelf life of the spice blend.

Yes, Harissa Hot spice is typically suitable for vegetarians and vegans since it’s made from plant-based ingredients like spices and herbs. However, it’s always a good idea to check the label or contact the manufacturer to confirm.

The Spice People FAQs

Simple or smoke paprika along with cayenne pepper is the best alternative. Paprika tastes similar to Kashmiri Chilli, while cayenne paper adds to its spice.

Dried Kashmiri chilli is more flavorful than hot, ranging from 1,000-2,000 Scoville Heat Units. It’s mildly hot but not too spicy.

These spices are different. Paprika is the sweet cousin of Kashmiri chilli specific to western cuisine. Kashmiri chilli popular in Indian cuisine and is hotter than paprika.

Place the Kashmiri chilli under the sun for two days. When the chillies turn crispy, grind them in a food mill. Cool down the powder and store it in an airtight jar.

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