Ras EL Hanout Spice Mix

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Ras EL Hanout Spice Mix

Postby Canuk » 5 Jan 2019, 1:33pm

Has anyone ever used this famous Moroccan spice mix? I just bought a load from a local market because they were retiring. I think it's a staple of Tagin cooking, but interested to see if anyone has any suggestions for use in Western style cooking or any recipes. I've got about 800gr worth! :oops:


2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cardamon
2 teaspoons ground mace
1 teaspoon ground 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

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Re: Ras EL Hanout Spice Mix

Postby fossala » 5 Jan 2019, 1:55pm

Yup, use it at work to cook tagine.

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Re: Ras EL Hanout Spice Mix

Postby al_yrpal » 5 Jan 2019, 1:56pm

Use it regularly, the Tesco square tin variety is excellent. Good flavour for lentil and bean dishes.

This is a superb recipé https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/764 ... otato-mash

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Re: Ras EL Hanout Spice Mix

Postby 661-Pete » 5 Jan 2019, 3:57pm

Well, you have a pretty comprehensive spice mix there - although if I was concocting it, I'd leave out - or at least cut down - some of the ingredients (like the ground ginger, say). And the nutmeg might tend to overwhelm a bit.

Ras-el-hanout is, I believe, a fairly generic term covering a wide variety of different spice mixes - a bit like "garam masala". What we have in our kitchen (only used rarely I admit) seems to comprise pepper, ginger, paprika, allspice, cardamom, mace, nutmeg, turmeric, cayenne, cloves, rose petals (?). But one which I recall buying in France was just a mixture of the regular 'curry' spices: turmeric, coriander, cumin, chilli, mustard, fenugreek. A bit of a come-down, seeing as France is very much a second home for Maghrebi cuisine. Perhaps we shouldn't have bought it at LeClerc...
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Re: Ras EL Hanout Spice Mix

Postby Mick F » 5 Jan 2019, 6:42pm

Sounds awful.
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Re: Ras EL Hanout Spice Mix

Postby Canuk » 5 Jan 2019, 6:54pm

It's supposed to be the spices the 'head of the kitchen' would use. Hence the name. So not for everyday dishes but special occasions. On the nose it does remind me of quite a strong curry flavour, but it's sweeter and has an almost floral bouquet. We bought it from a proper Algerian family and they are well known locally for providing top quality products.

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Re: Ras EL Hanout Spice Mix

Postby mumbojumbo » 13 Jan 2019, 9:56pm

| would omit anise-never heard of that used in tagines,but good for Chinese.

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Re: Ras EL Hanout Spice Mix

Postby thelawnet » 16 Jan 2019, 4:34pm

you can put it anything, on chicken for BBQing, in a curry, whatever, don't feel you have to make tagine.

fwiw it's nothing special in that there's nothing particularly African there but if it's cheap why not. I always like to pep it up with smoked paprika.