Thursday, June 09, 2005

Harissa Chicken

Harissa is a spicy African chili blend (and incidentally also the name of one of our kittens - the one who's grinning in the picture I posted a few days ago. The other two are Habanero and Honey.) and it seems that there are a ton of recipes for it - just do a google search. I, however, didn't use any recipe, but instead used a ready-to-cook spice mix from Santa Maria. Cheating, for sure, but sometimes, dinner just has to be FAST. Very, very fast.

This was one of those days. So, I cut up some chicken (thigh fillets, juicy and flavorful) and fried them real fast, added the spice mix and water, and let that simmer for five minutes. Done! Meanwhile, I made couscous the perfect way - 120 g of couscous, pinch of cumin and salt, 300 ml boiling water, cover with plastic wrap, let stand for 10 minutes - and added chopped tomatoes, spring onions, red bellpepper and coriander. A simple sauce of creamy yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, mustard and chili.

Very satisfying.

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