Prawns and harissa

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We've been using some amazing fresh king prawns caught on the east coast, a great example of a product that doesn't need much doing to it. Harissa originated in North Africa and is customarily made with dried red chillies.

Prawns and harissa
Photo: Natalie Boog

Ingredients

  • 10 long red chillies, split, seeded, roughly chopped
  • 80ml olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp whole white peppercorns
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • Extra olive oil
  • Vegetable oil
  • 12-16 king prawns, peeled and deveined
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Method

For the harissa

Cook the chillies, olive oil, salt and bay leaves in a frypan over a medium heat until chilli is soft and starting to brown; about 12 minutes.

Dry fry white pepper, fennel, cumin and coriander seeds to refresh, then grind in a coffee grinder or mortar and pestle. Pass through a fine sieve, add to chilli and cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat and discard bay leaves.

Add garlic clove and sugar and blend to a paste with a stick blender, add extra olive oil if needed. Adjust seasoning if necessary.

For the prawns

Heat a little vegetable oil in a pan and fry prawns on both sides until just cooked through. Serve with harissa on the side.

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  • Cuisine - African

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