Definition of harissa in English:



mass noun
  • 1A hot sauce or paste used in North African cuisine, made from chilli peppers, paprika, and olive oil.

    • ‘In the past two weeks I have barbecued skinny lamb chops marinated in spicy harissa, Greek sausages, calamari and some beautiful little sardines.’
    • ‘A little ready-made harissa (hot chilli paste) will turn up the heat, Lamour-style.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And even quite good couscous restaurants will serve you the customary accompanying hot condiment - harissa - straight out of a tin.’
    • ‘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.’


From Arabic.