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Spicy Flame-Grilled Bell Pepper & Tomato Salad

spicy flame grilled bell pepper tomato salad recipe
Twice cooked salad, yes twice!

Veggies flame-grilled on a gas stovetop until evenly charred. Blackened skins of peppers gently scraped away using the blunt side of a knife. Tomato skins more easily pulled away from juicy ripe inner flesh using one's fingers....

This hot and spicy side dish is based on Algerian H'miss but, instead of finely chopping the peppers some are given a rough dice and others a thick slice, thus the overall appearance becomes less dip-like more salad-like.....warm salad.
Smokey sweet bell peppers paired with fiery chilli, this is definitely a salad to keep you warm this autumn.
spicy flame grilled bell pepper tomato salad recipe
All coloured peppers would work for this dish, yet I ventured for the sweeter red (my favourite) and yellow variety. 

Finely chop juicy tomatoes, add both veggies to a pot that's already been warming a glug of extra virgin olive oil, pungent garlic, red hot chilli, a squeeze of north african harissa and a pinch of earthy cumin. 

Now it's just a matter of covering the pot with a lid, leaving over a low heat and letting the flavours get acquainted whilst the sauce / dressing reduces. 

I especially like this spicy salad warm, garnished with fresh coriander and served alongside grilled meats or poultry and my favourite bread however, It will taste just fine at room temp if your in warmer climes. 
                                      spicy flame grilled bell pepper tomato salad recipe

Spicy Flame Grilled Bell Pepper & Tomato Salad 

Serves: 2 
Level: requires a bit of effort
1st cooking time: 10-15 mins
2nd cooking time: 10-15 mins
preparation time: 10 mins
total time: 30-40 minutes


2 bell peppers 
2 salad tomatoes
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped (NOT crushed)
1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
glug of extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon tomato paste
big pinch of ground cumin
harissa, to taste *optional
salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Over a high flame on gas stove top, carefully place your peppers and tomatoes . Grill, using tongs turn veggies every few minutes until evenly charred, should take about 15 minutes Tomatoes will take less time than the peppers. In between turns chop garlic and chilli, set aside.
  2. Once charred remove tomatoes and peppers, set aside on your chopping board. Put a pot with a lid over low heat add a glug of olive oil then add your garlic, chilli leave to fry over low heat until fragrant. 
  3. Using the blunt/back side of your knife scrape the blackened skins off the peppers, chop / slice however you like. Add tomato paste, cumin, salt, pepper, harissa to pot cook for 1 minutes before adding peppers to pot stir and leave over low heat. Using your hands peel skins off tomatoes, remove any hard core, finely chop,  add to pot, stir then cover and leave to cook over low heat until sauce has reduced and is clinging to the peppers about 10 minutes.

P.S. different dish same familiar plate sorry  not sorry for my lack of food props/serveware also the fact all these photos are missing part of the plate, I do have an excuse.... I was hungry!

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At 26 October 2014 at 12:07 , Blogger Мекка Нурисламова said...

Assalamu aleikum, ma sha Allah, its great dish for cold russian fall! i catch it) thanks.
nice to meet you, my name is Makkah, and this is my blog - burtukal.blogspot.ru ))

At 26 October 2014 at 18:46 , Blogger Halal Home Cooking - UmmHamza said...

Wa Alaykum Assalam Makkah, jazaaki Allahu khair for stopping by my blog. Glad you like my dish. You have a nice blog Allahumma Baarik

At 27 October 2014 at 13:56 , Anonymous Henna said...

mmm! This sounds like it would be wonderful as a burger topping as well!

At 27 October 2014 at 14:04 , Blogger Halal Home Cooking - UmmHamza said...

ooh yeh great idea! i do love a good burger.

At 28 October 2014 at 16:27 , Anonymous Lail | With A Spin said...

As salamu alaikum! I have one word for this salad - Scrumptious! Love it. I'll try to make it soon, IA.

At 28 October 2014 at 21:37 , Blogger Halal Home Cooking - UmmHamza said...

Wa alaykum assalaam wa rahmatullah. So glad you like it lail and yes do try it in shaa Allah


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