Elaine’s Rose Harissa Spice Mix

I fell in love with this mix when I first saw Elaine’s post. Rose petals and lots of spicy seasonings truly appealed to my taste buds. For Elaine’s original recipe go here. As a matter of fact I picked it to be a feature and it was that week! Many have already seen Elaine’s Rose Harrisa Spice Mix post and if not please go visit her wonderful blog full of unusual but delicious vegetarian recipes. Her photos are much better too!

I made mine a little spicier, which Elaine did suggest, using red chili flakes versus red bell pepper and garlic powder instead of garlic cloves even though the picture below shows garlic cloves. I love the fact that this spice mix is salt free – who needs salt when you have all of these spicy ingredients.



I said “goodbye” to McCormick extra spicy seasoning with this wonderful mix of Elaine’s that just smells so good every time I open the jar, let alone how good it tastes.


The spice mix can be used in a number of different dishes. The first recipe I made with the spice mix is roasted potatoes. Cut up some red potatoes, toss in a little olive oil and Elaine’s spicy mix. Roast at 400°F for about an hour. No more McCormick extra spicy seasoning mix! I look forward to trying it in all kinds of recipes. I used these potatoes as sides for grilled lobster tails and grilled pork tenderloin.



Elaine's Rose Harissa Spice Mix

  • 2 tsp. each of caraway, coriander and cumin seeds
  • 2 whole star anise
  • couple dashes of garlic powder instead of 2 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
  • 1-1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 2 tbsp. dried red chili flakes (to taste) instead of 2 heaping tbsp. red bell pepper
  • 2 heaping tbsp. dried tomato flakes
  • 1 tbsp. Aleppo chili flakes
  • 2 tsp. lemon peel powder
  • 2 tbsp. food grade dried rose petals

Toast the caraway, coriander and cumin seeds, whole star anise, garlic and paprika over a low heat until the spices become fragrant. This should only take a couple of minutes; allow to cool.

Combine all of the ingredients in a spice grinder and blend completely.

Recipe by cooking with aunt juju https://cookingwithauntjuju.com/2016/04/26/elaines-rose-harissa-spice/

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Linking this to Fiesta Friday #117 where Angie and her two co-hosts Mollie and Scarlett are helping with the party.

42 thoughts on “Elaine’s Rose Harissa Spice Mix

  1. Such a flavorful and aromatic spice mix – those ingredients look too good. Elaine does come up with all sorts of interesting concoctions – she has no fear of trying anything, I like that. Thank you so much for selecting my fish tagine for a feature Judi. That’s so kind of you 🙂

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  2. I don’t know how I missed Elaine’s post, but I’m so glad you shared it Judi! Now I have 2 versions to choose from when concocting my own spice blend. Looks like the perfect seasoning for summertime grilling. 🙂


  3. Oh I remember this! I’ve been meaning to make some but keep forgetting. Thanks for reminding me. I love so many of Elaine’s recipes. I love it when she roasts vegetables and then drizzle tahini sauce on it. It always makes me drool 😀 Some day I’ll be able to cook veggies the way she does 🙂


    • Elaine posted this last year and I’ve had all of the ingredients, just needed to make it. I’m sure glad I did as it is an excellent spice mix. Elaine has a skill for making things like this – I’m so glad she shared it 🙂


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