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Harissa Tomato Sauce


  • 3 tomatoes large, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 onion medium, diced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup sambal oelek
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground caraway
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a pan over medium heat, heat the oil, then add the onions, sambal oelek,  garlic, cumin, caraway, coriander, and chili powder. Stir the onions and spices, until the onions are softened/translucent (approximately 5 minutes). 
  • Add the tomatoes and stir to combine. Allow the mix to simmer, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes. 
  • Remove the pan from the heat and cover. Allow the ingredients to rest, covered, for 10 to 15 minutes. 
  • Uncover and pour the mix into a blender or large bowl (if using a hand held food processor). Blend/process the mix until smooth. 
  • Add lemon juice, salt, and pepper to taste. Serve immediately, or for best flavor allow the harissa tomato sauce to chill in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours to allow the flavors to meld.