Algerian dersa is a spicy garlic and chile paste, similar to harissa, made by blending garlic, chile, cumin, and paprika together using a mortar and pestle. It is used a lot in the Maghreb region as a seasoning for fish, meat, or potatoes. Not everyone uses exactly the same proportions or the same spices. Some people add lemon juice, others add parsley. In short, there are as many variations as there are tastes, but the basic ingredients are almost always the same: garlic, cumin, chile or cayenne pepper, and olive oil.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
total:
15 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place garlic, chile pepper, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper in a mortar; grind into a paste using a pestle. Pour in olive oil and mix well.

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Nutrition Facts

70 calories; protein 0.5g; carbohydrates 2.1g; fat 7g; sodium 292.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2017
This was delicious! The 1/2 of a small red chile pepper is vague. I didn't know what kind of red chile but it turns out all I could find fresh that was red was a jalapeno. Because jalapeno's are typically mild in the heat department for us, I used the entire pepper and also left the seeds in. So while I'm not sure I made this as intended, it still came out excellent! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/17/2020
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Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2017
This was delicious! The 1/2 of a small red chile pepper is vague. I didn't know what kind of red chile but it turns out all I could find fresh that was red was a jalapeno. Because jalapeno's are typically mild in the heat department for us, I used the entire pepper and also left the seeds in. So while I'm not sure I made this as intended, it still came out excellent! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2020
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Rating: 3 stars
03/17/2020
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