What to eat in Tunisia
Most common in Tunisia, Libya and Algeria, the hot chili sauce harissa is served with every meal, even simple snacks consisting of just bread. Although the core ingredients making up this spicy condiment vary from kitchen to kitchen, the basic recipe is comprised of piri piri, serrano and other hot chili peppers, garlic, coriander, red chili powder, caraway seeds and olive oil. For those of you on the go but don’t like to skip the requisite dosage of heat with your meals, prepared harissa is sold in jars, cans, bottles, tubes, plastic bags and other containers. In Tunisia, harissa can be found in dishes as diverse as stews made of goat, lamb or fish stewed with vegetables, or as a flavoring for couscous. It is also used for lablabi, a chickpea soup usually eaten for breakfast. A sucker for hot sauces from around the world, I will definitely be experiencing harissa on my next jaunt through North Africa. What about you? Do you dare to go hot or do you stick with the mild?