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/