Tuesday, June 2, 2009
The fiery Harissa is got to be the spicy lovers favorite hot sauce.The Splendid North African chile sauce is a perfect spicy replacement for ketchup,goes well in bean soups ,salads and as spread on sandwiches.Marinating tofu ,seafood ,chicken or meat in harissa gives an amazing spicy flavor.
The following recipe is from Hasan M'souli's Modern Morrocan,adding roasted bell peppers and mint certainly eases some of the heat from the hot peppers,although you could use any other kind of green like cilantro or Parsley.And the surprisingly common ingredients makes it possible to adjust the spice ,use a hot or mild Chile,as per your heat index.
6 dried red chili peppers
1 Red bell pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon Olive oil
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 cup fresh mint ,Chopped
Char the pepper on high heat in a broiler or grill or stove top.Turn occasionally with tongs, until skins are blackened, 15 to 20 minutes. Allow to cool then peel and remove the peel and seeds.
Blend all the ingredients together in a processor along with the roasted peppers until well combined and smooth. Use the sauce in salads or marinate tofu,meat or spread on sandwiches. Can be refrigerated up to a month in an air tight container.
(Thanks to Pooja)The Harissa is my entry for AFAM, hosting Bell Peppers is Priya's Easy N Tasty treats.
Mint Harissa Chicken With Freekah
The bland chicken gets a whole new make over with the enticing hot sauce.Served with any kind of whole grains and greens,the meal is good balance of flavor and nutrition.And of course vegetarians could make replace chicken with Firm tofu.
2 tablespoon Mint Harissa
1 chicken breast(about 1 pound),cut in cubes
1 teaspoon Extra virgin Olive oil
Marinate the chicken in Harissa for about 30 minutes.Baked at 375F for 25minutes.Serve with Whole grains like Freekah,Quinoa,Couscous or Broken wheat.
2 cups Freekah(green wheat)[or use whole grain couscous or bulgur wheat,change the cooking time accordingly]
1 medium onion, chopped
1 ripe plum tomato, finely chopped
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Chilly powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin and coriander powder
2 cups fresh greens for garnish(romaine lettuce or arugula)
Heat a big skillet over medium flame. Add extra-virgin olive oil, cumin seeds and onion . Saute for few seconds before adding turmeric, chilly powder and other dry spices. season with salt.Add the broth to the skillet and stir and add the freekah. Cover and cook for 30 minutes until freekah is soft. Serve with Baked Mint Harissa Chicken and garnish with fresh greens.
This chicken dish is my entry for Vicki's Potluck-chicken Event.