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Spicy Devil Harissa Spice Paste

Hot chili peppers, also known as chilies, are a popular spice used in many cuisines in Africa. 

Chili peppers are known for their distinctive fiery taste and pungent aroma, but they also offer a variety of health benefits. Boosts metabolism: Capsaicin, the compound that gives chili peppers their spicy taste, can increase metabolism and help burn fat. 

Reduces inflammation: Capsaicin also has anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce inflammation and pain in the body. Supports heart health: Chili peppers contain antioxidants and other nutrients that can help improve heart health by reducing cholesterol levels and preventing blood clots. 

Helps regulate blood sugar: The compounds in chili peppers may help regulate blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity. Boosts immunity: Chili peppers are rich in vitamin C, which is essential for a healthy immune system. Promotes digestion: Capsaicin can also help stimulate the digestive system and relieve digestive issues like bloating, constipation, and nausea. 

Note that consuming large amounts of chili peppers can cause digestive discomfort and may aggravate conditions like acid reflux or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). As with any food, moderation is key.

Fast hot and spicy seasoning Harissa spice paste is known as the devil hot pepper seasoning made from the hottest ground red peppers.

Spicy Devil Harissa Spice Paste

Harissa is the basic seasoning used in North African and Middle Eastern cooking and is extremely hot but good. Harissa is typically made hot and served with vegetables, grilled meats and couscous. 

Harissa is also used as a condiment, or mixed with soups and stews to flavor stews, soups or couscous. Harissa can be made five days ahead just simply keep covered in the fridge. 

Harissa is a devilish flavorful hot chili pepper paste made from dried chilies, tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, and toasted spices.

Harissa pepper spice recipe

Harissa paste recipe
Harissa Paste

Make Harissa devil hot 5-Minute homemade spicy seasoning with step-by-step directions.

½ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 African bird hot peppers, diced, do not remove the seeds. You can use red Thai chili peppers instead.
1 tablespoon ghost chili powder
1 garlic clove, chopped
2 tablespoons cumin seeds, toasted
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
2 large red tomatoes, chopped
Small handful of coriander leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon fine sea salt

Spicy Devil Harissa Spice Paste

Lightly toast the cumin and coriander seeds in a small frying pan over medium heat, stirring often, until fragrant around 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool. Add the cooled seeds with the remaining ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve with vegetables, grilled meat, chicken or flat bread.

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