Spice up your life with the fiery taste of harissa! This potent paste is a healthy way to give meals big flavour — without extra salt!
If you’ve ever enjoyed an exotic Moroccan tagine or a spicy Middle Eastern meal, you may have tasted harissa. This spice blend combines the fire of dried chillies with fragrant coriander, caraway, paprika and garlic. A great way to pump up the flavour of a few weeknight meals, harissa is readily available in delis and supermarkets in the form of powder or paste.
Versatile harissa works well in any tomato-based sauce or stew, giving pasta and bolognese a quick and tasty twist. This vibrant condiment also tastes great with chicken, fish, lamb and vegies.
Just remember that a little harissa goes a long way — and that’s a good thing, because a jar of this spicy paste often contains added salt and oil. Use just one teaspoon or tablespoon to give your meals a satisfyingly spicy blast of excitement!
Make the most of it
Mix it with yoghurt, lemon juice and mint to marinate lamb or chicken
Toss it through roast root veg with olive oil and herbs
Add it to reduced-fat hommous
Stir it through tomato pasta sauce or vegetable soup
Whisk it into reduced-fat sour cream to make a jacket-potato topping
Spoon it onto burgers or spread it onto wraps
Three easy meals with harissa
Tomato baked eggs
Place canned tomatoes, 1–2 tablespoons harissa paste and chopped capsicum in a large frying pan; cook for 8–10 minutes, or until sauce thickens. Create a small well in sauce for each egg; crack an egg into each well. Cover pan and cook for 3–4 minutes, or until eggs are cooked to your liking.
Spiced chicken with chickpeas and wilted spinach
Sprinkle chicken fillets with harissa spice mix. Pan-fry chicken for 3–4 minutes per side, or until cooked through. Add drained chickpeas to pan with baby spinach; cook for 1 minute and serve.
Fiery four-bean wrap
Spread 1–2 teaspoons harissa paste over wholegrain wraps. Top wraps with four-bean mix and tabouli. Roll up wraps to enclose filling and serve.