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Ras El Hanout Recipe - Moroccan Spice Blend



Moroccan Spice Blend Ras El Hanout

Photo © Christine Benlafquih

Ras El Hanout is a complex, aromatic Moroccan spice blend. Most recipes include cardamom, nutmeg, anise, mace, cinnamon, ginger, various peppers, and turmeric, but 30 or more ingredients might be used. Typically prepared by grinding together whole spices, dried roots and leaves, this recipe keeps things simple by using ground spices.

Ras El Hanout's literal translation from Arabic is “head of the shop," implying that it's "the best (or top) of the shop." While some Moroccans might use it in daily cooking, the majority reserve it for specialty dishes. Moroccan Recipes with Ras El Hanout will give you ideas on how to season with it.

Also see the video of How to Make Ras El Hanout.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cardamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground mace
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground anise seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves


Blend all of the spices in a bowl. Transfer to a glass jar, and store in a dry, dark place.

Use Ras El Hanout to season tagines, stews, meat, poultry, fish and vegetables. It keeps well for several months.

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