Recipe: HAREESA ~ Hot Red Pepper Sauce

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From the Vitality Food Feature ‘Peasant Comfort Foods for Deep Winter Dining‘.

This sauce is served with every meal in Tunisia, North Africa.  It is an excellent condiment for those who like their food fiery hot. A little, or a lot, of this hot sauce can be added to the entrées which follow to fire up the degree of ‘heat’ as one so desires.


  • 1/2 cup fresh ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 Tbsp ground caraway
  • 1 Tbsp salt

1) Thoroughly mix all ingredients, then pour into a jar with a tight fitting lid.

2) Cover and refrigerate and use as needed.

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