Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search



Phonetik.svg This entry needs pronunciation information. If you are familiar with enPR or the IPA then please add some!

Etymology 1[edit]

 Harissa (dish) on Wikipedia
Harissa (Armenian porridge) served with vegetables

From Armenian հարիսա (harisa), ultimately from Arabic هَرِيسَة (harīsa) and originally identical to Etymology 2 below.


harissa (countable and uncountable, plural harissas)

  1. A traditional Armenian dish similar to keşkek; a kind of homogeneous porridge made of previously stewed and boned chicken and coarsely ground soaked wheat.

Etymology 2[edit]

 harissa on Wikipedia
Harissa (chilli paste)

From Arabic هَرِيسَة (harīsa).


harissa (uncountable)

  1. A North African spice mix, containing chillis, garlic and salt, used as both a condiment and an ingredient.
    • 2000, Catherine Hanger, Morocco[1], page 37:
      Another sauce, mainly used as a condiment, is harissa, made from pulverised chillies, garlic, salt and olive oil. Harissa is not generically Moroccan, but nevertheless is often found accompanying tajines and couscous.
    • 2008, Chris and Carolyn Caldicott, World Food Café 2[2], page 25:
      Tunisians love spicy food and harissa is the main ingredient used to provide the heat.
    • 2010, Dave DeWitt, Pita Pockets Stuffed with Harissa-Spiced Moroccan Lamb Brochettes, in 1,001 Best Hot and Spicy Recipes, page 451,
      Harissa is a fiery pepper paste that is used as an ingredient in couscous and grilled dishes or as a condiment served on the side of a Moroccan meal.




harissa f (plural harissas)

  1. harissa