Ras el Hanout

Makes 4 Tbsp

This heady North African spice conjures up the flavour of food hailing from places such as Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria. When we think Moroccon we think tagines but this spice mix is much more versatile than this. Ras el hanout means the top of the shop in Arabic, so it includes some of the finest spices. Ras el hanout can contain between 10-100 different spices. This is my favourite combination.

Think North Africans version of the Indian Garam Masala. Fabulous rubbed on vegetable kebabs or on tofu.

Yes, we can easily buy this spice but it is so easy to make it up yourself. It uses a mixture of pungent and sweet aromats. I love adding a little to my falafels.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 tsp chili flakes
  •  1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 3/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 3/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 3/4 tsp of sugar

1. Mix all the spices together, I give them a quick whiz in a food processor but can just as easily be done by hand.

2. Sore in an airtight container until ready to use.

 

I tend not to make a huge amount of this mix at once, mainly because it is not a spice I use as frequently as a cajun spice.

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