Ras el hanout is a blend of spices from North Africa (Morocco). The name is Arabic for “head of the shop” and implies a mixture of the best spices the seller has to offer. It is a complex and distinctive mix of about 20 to 27 spices and herbs, the quantities of which vary according to the maker. Specific quantities are a much guarded secret from one spice shop to the next, and blending is considered an art. Ras el hanout is used with poultry, meat, game, rice and couscous. It is regularly used for cooking in tagines.
Commonly used ingredients in Ras el Hanout include cardamom, clove, cinnamon, ground chili peppers, coriander, cumin, peppercorn, paprika, fenugreek and turmeric. Some spices may be particular to the region.
The Ras el Hanout that we regularly stock at The Garden Shed and Pantry does not include chili, so that people can add heat to the extent they desire.
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