One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A hot sauce or paste used in North African cuisine, made from chilli peppers, paprika, and olive oil.
- ‘Whether it's kimchi in Korea, harissa in Tunisia, or achar in India, spicy condiments remain constant in the daily meals of very different countries.’
- ‘In the past two weeks I have barbecued skinny lamb chops marinated in spicy harissa, Greek sausages, calamari and some beautiful little sardines.’
- ‘And even quite good couscous restaurants will serve you the customary accompanying hot condiment - harissa - straight out of a tin.’
- ‘A little ready-made harissa (hot chilli paste) will turn up the heat, Lamour-style.’
- ‘Sometimes they invited us to share, and the spicy sausages, with a smudge of fiery harissa, were wonderful, though it was hard to see our hosts through the smoke.’
2A North African and Middle Eastern dish consisting of ground meat and couscous or bulgar wheat, served or prepared with a chilli sauce and other spices.
- ‘Harissa, a traditional meal, consists of wheat grain and lamb cooked over low heat.’
- ‘Harissa is the name used in some Arab countries, notably Syria, the Lebanon, and Iraq, for a porridge-like soup of wheat and lamb which is described under haleem, which is the name used in the countries where the dish probably originated.’
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