Category: Appetizer/Side   |     Prep Time: 35 mins


Harissa is a Tunisian hot sauce made of piri piri, herbs, garlic, coriander and red chili powder. Harissa is also enjoyed in Libya and Algeria, and it is a common topping for falafel in Israel. This sauce is very spicy, so eat with caution! 


There are 4 SOS Children’s Villages in Tunisia! You can read more on our work in Tunisia here.


Did you know?  “Harissa” comes from the Arabic verb “harasa,” meaning “to pound.”




  • 11 oz. dried red chilies
  • ¾ cup chopped garlic
  • 2 cups toasted caraway seeds
  • ½ tsp. coriander seed
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Falafel or pita bread (optional)



  • Small bowl
  • Food processor



1. Clean the stems and seeds from the chili peppers and allow them to soak in cold water for 20 minutes.

2. While the peppers are soaking, place the garlic, caraway, coriander and salt in a food processor. Pulse until smooth.

3. Drain the peppers and pat them dry before adding them to the food processors. Pulse until smooth and creamy.

4. Place the mixture in a small bowl and top with olive oil. Eat with falafel or pita bread.

5. Enjoy with family and friends!





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