Try A New, Magical Ingredient

dinner Until last week, I had rather ignorantly never heard of Harissa paste, a mixture of peppers, dried red chillies, garlic, caraway seeds, ground cumin and coriander, tomato purée, salt and olive oil and even some crushed rose petals. I found a simple recipe on the Tesco website, which is a great way of wisely food shopping – check out recipes you fancy making in the week and then you click on “shop ingredients”. Simples.

Anyway, after a lengthy session in the gym – if you count lengthy as 40 minutes, as I do – I decided I wanted a very nutritious dinner and remembered the recipe I had found on Tesco. Using butternut squash, peppers and red onions as well as couscous and greek yoghurt mixed with mint, this is a hearty but guilt-free dish that smells and tastes of Morocco. Adding some garlic and olive oil made this even better – you can tweak the recipe however you wish. I love the taste of Harissa: abundant in herbs and spices, it adds genuine fresh North African flavour and vibrant colour to any dish.

I’m sorry the photo doesn’t do it justice, but please trust me when I say that you should try this dish out!


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  • toribobs

    Oooo, I love harissa! It was on the menu (can’t remember what with – oh, actually, I think maybe falafels?!) at my old work and I had a sneaky few tastes here and there (and by sneaky I mean I was actually offered a taste – I didn’t, weirdly, eat it off of a customers plate!) I’ll definitely have to try this recipe out! xx

    • howdoesitfeeltobe

      Mmmm harissa with falafel that sounds AMAZING! I will definitely have to try that :) xx

  • thepaddingtonfoodie

    I adore harissa too. So much so that I posted a recipe for it on my blog just a few weeks ago. The home-made version really sings and only takes a few minutes to grind up. In our house any leftovers are used to spice up toasted sandwiches.If you love harissa you have to try chermoula. Harissa’s cooler sister.

    • howdoesitfeeltobe

      Ahh toasties are one of my favourite meals! I would never have thought to pop some Harissa in one but that sounds delicious. And I think I may try to make my own – I’ll use yours as inspiration. Your chicken pot with harissa is one I’m also going to try! Thanks :) Bella x

  • kirschplunder

    I love Harissa, in fact I just had it in a salad dressing this evening! It’s so tasty! I especially like it as a sauce with like Halloumi and Mushroom Burgers yum yum

    • howdoesitfeeltobe

      Another great idea, thank you!xx

  • paperbagblog

    This looks incredible!

  • Alice

    Bella this sounds so yummy! I’ve heard of harissa but never used it- maybe I should!!! xx

    • howdoesitfeeltobe

      Thanks Alice! You definitely should :) x

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