Moroccan spice blend: Ras el Hanout


Ras el Hanout is a Moroccan blend of spices for which there is no one authentic recipe. In stead there are no less than hundreds – if not thousands – of different family recipes.


The name means something like “Best of the shop” and that is just what Ras el Hanout is. Some mix 15 to 20 different spices, while others mix as much as a hundred to create the best, aromatic blend.

It’s a wonderful, fragrant and slightly complex tasting spice blend that really spruces up your soups, stews, tagines, shish kabab, marinades, grilled chicken, couscous and even salads. Pretty much anything you can think of… and then some.



  • 3 tsp black pepper corns
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 2 tsp coarse sea salt


For this simple version of Ras el Hanout, you’ll need 13 different spices.

You can make this spice blend by using a spice mill, a mortar and pestle or even a food processor.

Simply combine the black peppercorns, chili flakes, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, ground ginger, turmeric, paprika powder, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cumin and cloves.

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