Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Urban Vegan Tester #10 - Cumin-Harissa Dipping Sauce

Today I tried out a new food item called harissa.  It's new to me, anyway.  Harissa is a North African condiment, a paste made from hot chili peppers, garlic, salt and olive oil. I found this brand, called Cap Bon, at Whole Foods.

I used the harissa to make a dipping sauce found in the Urban Vegan's upcoming cookbook. The spicy, creamy sauce tastes just fine on a seitan burger, but it really excels as a dip for sweet potato fries. Its heat is a perfect match for the sweet potatoes' intrinsic sweetness.

If you're someone who habitually adds hot sauce or crushed red pepper to your food, I encourage you to seek out your own little can of harissa!


  1. Hi Sara, I think this sounds awesome! I am wondering if I can find a recipe without the oil in it? I would love to try it with your suggestion of sweet potato fries.

  2. I'm loving all of your "Urban Vegan" posts. Also, I'm looking forward to this new book, I may even pick up the latest one too.

  3. Yum yum, I DO add hot sauce to everything and have wanted to pick up some harissa lately.

  4. I don't know what it is about seitan on a sandwich mixed with creamy sauce; it's what I almost always pick at a veg restaurant.