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Dec 17, 2006 11:25 PM

Harissa in downtown Toronto???

Does anyone know where I can find Harissa in downtown TO? I used to be able to get some somewhere, years ago, but now I can't seem to find it!
any suggestions would be most appreciated!

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  1. I believe I've seen it at Whole Foods.

    1. Or just make your own:

      1 teaspoon caraway seeds
      1 teaspoon coriander seeds
      1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
      2 cloves garlic, quartered
      salt to taste
      3 tablespoons sweet paprika
      1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
      1 tablespoon olive oil
      additional olive oil


      Toast the caraway, coriander, and cumin in a skillet over medium heat until very aromatic, about 2-3 min. Let cool and grind to a fine powder. Add the garlic and salt and grind again until smooth. Add the paprika, pepper flakes, and 1 Tbsp oil and grind till well combined. The harissa will be very thick and dry. Transfer to a small jar and cover with olive oil. It will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for 6 months.


      4 (115 g) ounces dried chilies, soaked overnight
      8 cloves garlic, chopped
      1/2 tablespoon ground coriander
      1 tablespoon ground caraway
      2 tablespoons mint, chopped
      2 tablespoons cilantro leaves, chopped
      1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves, chopped
      1/2 tablespoon rock salt
      1 tablespoon tomato puree
      1 tablespoon sugar
      2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

      Simmer the chilies for 2 minutes in a little water and soak for 1 hour.
      Blend with all the remaining ingredients in a food processor until smooth.
      Pass through a sieve to remove any lurking chili seeds.
      Put in a sterilised glass jar, dribble extra olive oil over the surface to create an airtight seal.

      Google will find many more variations. Just pick one you like.

      1. La Salumeria on Yonge North of Davisville.

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        1. re: Cat123

          thank you, thank you, thank you.

          I never even checked at whole foods! duh- last time i looked for it was before whole foods came to TO.... and if that fails, off to La Salumeria I go....

          hopefully it won't come to me making it- but thank you for recipes...

        2. alltummy, I'm sure you could also find it at St. Lawrence Market.

          1. I've seen it (Le Cap brand, I think) at Sobey's on St. Clair just east of Yonge.