What is Moroccan Ras el Hanout?
Originating in the spice markets of North Africa, Moroccan Ras el Hanout is a renowned Middle Eastern spice blend. ‘Ras el Hanout’ directly translates to ‘top of the shop’ and was a blend devised of all the spice market producers’ best spices. If you’re new to Moroccan or Middle Eastern cooking, our Ras el Hanout blend is a great way to start – its versatile flavour makes it perfect for soups, marinades, grills, slow-cooks – anything! It works perfectly with poultry, game, fish, vegetables, and rice and couscous dishes. Once you’ve found your cooking feet with this foundation blend, you can begin to explore our extensive range of blends from Africa & the Middle East.
What is Moroccan Ras el Hanout’s flavour profile?
Made from a delicate blend of 14 herbs and spices, Ras el Hanout’s flavour is indicative of Moroccan cooking – sweet, spicy, savoury, and fragrant. The sweetness from nutmeg, cassia, sweet paprika, and allspice; Savouriness from sea salt, fennel, caraway, and cumin; Warmth from cayenne, turmeric, galangal, and ginger, and a herby fragrance from coriander. This blend is mild in heat, however, can be made hotter with the addition of some extra Cayenne Pepper or Crushed Chilli Flakes. This blend is ideal for a traditional tagine or simply sprinkled over meat or veg before grilling or roasting. Give this versatile blend a go and get your Moroccan-cooking journey on the road!
Recipes for Moroccan Ras el Hanout
Below is a list of recipes we’ve created to show you the best of this blend and help you to get traditional Moroccan flavours in a flash:
- Moroccan Lamb Shanks
- Simple Moroccan Lamb Curry
- Moroccan Fish Fillets
- Ottolenghi’s Spicy Moroccan Carrot Salad
- Moroccan Baked Eggplant with Harissa Yoghurt
- Moroccan Carrot Soup with Ras el Hanout Spice
- Apple & Mint Pastilla with Moroccan Ras el Hanout Ice Cream
- Moroccan Rice Pilaf with Caramelised Onion, Orange and Pistachios
- Moroccan Ras el Hanout Chicken Traybake
- Moroccan Beef Tagine with Pumpkin and Chickpeas
- Moroccan Chicken with Honey and Carrots
Falling-off-the-bone lamb cooked in the wonderful Moroccan fragrance of our Ras el Hanout spice blend.
All in the name – a simple, easy-to-cook lamb curry full of Moroccan flavours using our Ras el Hanout that you can whip up in minutes.
Moist, flaky snapper fillets crusted in our Moroccan Ras el Hanout spice blend. Serve on a bed of couscous and minted yoghurt.
A classic all-veg Ottolenghi dish made simple with the addition of our Moroccan Ras el Hanout blend and served with cooling creamy Greek yoghurt.
Sweet carrot soup with the spicy addition of Moroccan Ras el Hanout and served with tangy, cooling sour cream.
Crispy, sweet apple and mint pastilla with Ras el Hanout-scented ice cream. The perfect Middle Eastern dessert.
A caramelised onion and pistachio-studded rice pilaf flavoured with warming Moroccan Ras el Hanout.
Tender chicken thighs baked with chickpeas, tomatoes, and onions all coated in Moroccan Ras el Hanout spice blend.
Succulent, slow-cooked beef in Ras el Hanout spice with sweet pumpkin and tender chickpeas.
Tender carrots and succulent chicken thighs cooked in honey, Ras el Hanout spice and tangy preserved lemon.
Moroccan Ras el Hanout – Med
Moroccan Ras el Hanout translates in Arabic to “top of the shop”, implying the spices used are the best the seller has to offer. Our mixture has 14 different herbs and spices delicately balancing the sweet and savoury flavours to give it a complex and well-rounded flavour without being overly spicy.$3.45
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