I’ve been on a major cous cous roll lately. I’ve always loved the pearl cous cous for salads and with my veggies but the tiny grains of regular cous cous are absolutely delightful! I’m not sure why I’m discovering it so late in life but I’m so glad it’s finally on my radar because it makes for delicious veggie bowls, sides to meat or you can make it into a salad! We made these bowls for lunch the other day and when I reached into the pantry to grab some harissa, I realized I didn’t have any! This of course led me to making a homemade version! The recipe for the harissa is adapted from this Bon Apetit recipe that I didn’t quite have all of the ingredients for but needless to say I loved what I ended up with!
Harissa is a spicy paste made from dried red chilis, and originates from Tunisia. You’ll see it often in Israeli, Moroccan, Libyan (and more) dishes and it packs great flavor, spice and has such a beautiful vibrant color from the dried red chilis! My version is by no means authentic but I made it with what I had on hand and I think you guys will love it! If you don’t have the time or energy to make a homemade version, Harissa is usually found in the ethnic section of most grocery stores and tastes great!
You can also mix harissa with a bit of yogurt to cool it down or have it just as is! I hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as I did! The cous cous sounds super simple but I promise you its sooo good! If you make this, be sure to tag @thechutneylife so I can see all of your hard work! Happy eating ?