Ras el Hanout – Moroccan Spice Blend

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Last Updated on July 7, 2020 by Chef Mireille

Ras el Hanout Spice Mix on a spoon

Do you make your own spice blends?

Why not? It’s cheaper, fresher and you can customize it to your own palate!

5-10 minutes of your time and you will be loving your own homemade spice blends.

Ras el Hanout is a North African spice blend, used especially in Moroccan ciuisine.

For me, it’s pretty easy to get my hands on it. Half an hour away in Cobble Hill is Brooklyn’s Middle Eastern enclave or I can take the subway into Manhattan and visit one of our gourmet supermarkets like Fairway or Whole Foods. However, for people in other countries or in other US cities who aren’t lucky enough to live in such a diverse city, it might be challenging for you.

When I posted this recipe for Raz el Hanout Vegetable Saute & Saffron Couscous, a reader asked me what this tasted like and really it’s like a very mild curry powder.

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Raz el Hanout means “head of the shop” in Arabic. Different spice merchants in Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco will each have their own heavily guarded recipe. It’s a mixture of a variety of spices and herbs and can include up to 100 different ingredients, many of them only regionally available.

After consulting many sources, I came up with this recipe using ingredients that are more easily attainable.

Check out my IGTV episode to see how easy it is to put together homemade Ras el Hanout Spice Mix

You may notice the homemade version has a deeper color than store bought versions, especially if it is an American brand. I have found the American brands are more a brighter yellow in color than this homemade version or the version I get from Middle Eastern markets.

I did a raw taste test with the store bought one I had received from someone. The one from the store had only 7 ingredients listed and was brighter yellow, however it was an American brand. Mine came out the color closer to the ones I see in the Middle Eastern markets.

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Roast for a few minutes until fragrant. Leave to cool.

Using a coffee/spice grinder, grind with the turmeric, ginger, cilantro, parsley, mint and rose.

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Ras el Hanout – Moroccan Spice Blend

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Spice Blends
Cuisine: Moroccan
Calories: 130kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a dry skillet, roast mace, cinnamon, fennel, cumin, coriander, cloves, bay leaves, cardamom, peppercorns, onion seed, chile and allspice.
  • Roast for a few minutes until fragrant. Cool for a few minutes.
  • Using a coffee/spice grinder, grind with the turmeric, ginger, cilantro, parsley, mint and rose.

Notes

Yield: approximately 1/2 cup

Nutrition

Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 27mg | Potassium: 381mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 484IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 230mg | Iron: 9mg
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Comments

  1. Shobha Keshwani

    Very flavourful with so many spices. I get a suya spice mix from West Africa. This seems to be similar to that. We only add ground peanuts while using the suya spice.

  2. Renu

    Wow 100 ingredients..When I was reading, I thought how much you have used. But saw a good small list and was yes this is doable. I have most of the ingredients except 3, and would love to try this different mix and also flavour my curries using this.

  3. Mayuri Patel

    Its so true that most readymade spices lack flavour and aroma. Even the colour differs. As for the raz el hanout such a flavorful spice mixture with so many spices. I’ve used it for a soup and salad and enjoy the flavours.

  4. Jayashree T.Rao

    This sounds so flavoursome, I would like to try this one with a dish from your blog. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Swati

    Such a flavourful masala.. I am sure it can be used in so many curries, pilafs too apart from it’s traditional use,

  6. Mina Joshi

    Use whole spices and roasting them before grinding them must really bring out the spice fragrances. Lovely combination of spices.

  7. Priya Srinivasan

    such an aromatic spice blend. i always have it in my pantry. The aroma of roasted whole spices is always mesmerizing!!!

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