Easy Ras El Hanout Recipe - Simplified Version

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Moroccan Spice Blend Ras El Hanout. Photo © Christine Benlafquih
    10 mins
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Ras el hanout is a complex, aromatic Moroccan spice blend that's so famously associated with Moroccan cuisine, it makes the list of Foods to Bring Back from a Trip to Morocco.

The literal translation of ras el hanout from Arabic to English is “head of the shop," implying that this mix of spices is the very best offering in a spice shop. Due to its liberal use in mrouzia, a lamb and honey dish with intense seasoning, ras el hanout is also sometimes called mrouzia spice. 

While most recipes include cardamom, nutmeg, anise, mace, cinnamon, ginger, various peppers, and turmeric, a total of 30 or more ingredients might be used in varying quantities. No two versions are quite the same, so if sampling ras el hanout from different sources, you'll notice slight flavor variations.

The blend is typically prepared by grinding together whole spices, dried roots, and leaves. This recipe, however, keeps things extra simple by using ground spices you may already have at home. If you'd like to try making a lengthier, more complex and robust version, try the Authentic Ras El Hanout Recipe.

Note that relatively few Moroccans use this spice blend in daily cooking; instead, 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 or Buy Ras El Hanout Online.

What You'll Need

  • 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

How to Make It

1. Measure out all spices into a bowl, then stir to combine evenly. Transfer the spice mix to a glass jar and store in a dry, cool place away from heat and sunlight.

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