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harissa

[ huh-ri-suh, hah-ree-suh ]

noun

  1. a pungent paste or sauce made with chiles, garlic, cumin, caraway, coriander, paprika, and olive oil, used as a condiment and flavoring in North African and Middle Eastern cooking.


harissa

/ həˈrɪsə /

noun

  1. (in Tunisian cookery) a hot paste or sauce made from chilli peppers, tomatoes, spices, and olive oil, often served with couscous


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Word History and Origins

Origin of harissa1

First recorded in 1905–10; from Arabic harīsa, originally a dish of bulgur and meat pounded together into a porridge, from harasa “to pound, crush, break”

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Word History and Origins

Origin of harissa1

C20: from Arabic

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Example Sentences

Forget making dough and just grab pita bread to make these small, messy, handheld pizzas with a mix of spinach, olives, harissa, pine nuts and feta.

The meat, carved into two chunks, rests on a whip of turnips and alongside carrot coins ignited with harissa.

Kari suggests harissa, chile crisp, relish, gochujang, sriracha and mustard.

The chicken legs were red and wild from a soak in harissa and lemon juice, and the nearby steamed carrots benefited from a sprinkle of farm-fresh spring garlic.

This assortment from the New York-based company features their signature fiery harissa, zingy preserved lemon paste, warming Baharat and bright sumac berries.

From Time

Best eaten with strong, spicy harissa as a condiment, to counter the fattiness of the meat.

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