Try This Homemade Harissa Paste and Let Your Tastebuds Go Wild

Harissa is a North African chili paste that is simply divine. It’s healthy, vegan, and bursting with flavor, so make it today and add it to all your favorite dishes!


  • 4 ounces of any dried chiles 
  • 1 teaspoon of caraway seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
  • 3 or 4 cloves of peeled garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of  kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil


  1. Put the chilies in a bowl and cover with boiling water for 30 minutes.
  2. In a dry pan, toast the caraway, coriander, and cumin seeds on low heat until they’re fragrant. 
  3. Put the spices in a spice grinder or use a mortar and pestle. 
  4. Strain the chilies but save the water in a separate bowl. 
  5. Take the stem and seeds out of the chilies and put them into a food processor with the spices, garlic, and salt. 
  6. Run the food processor and drizzle in olive oil until a paste forms. If it seems too thick, add in the reserved water. 
  7. Taste it, season it more if necessary and then pour it into a jar and cover with a little more olive oil.
  8. Use for up to a month, but make sure you top it with extra olive oil every time you take from it!