Friday, November 9, 2012

Ras el Hanout

Ras el hanout is a simple, ubiquitous Moroccan spice blend that serves as the flavor bed for countless dishes. It is somewhat similar to berbere in Ethiopian cooking or jerk seasoning in Jamaican cuisine in that it is a fundamental ingredient made a little differently in all households and by spice merchants. Indeed, ras el hanout translates to “best of the shop” because merchants simply combined their best available spices into a blend to sell to shoppers. Additional ingredients can include anything from saffron, mace, paprika, and cumin to rosebud, insects, and even hashish. Rad. 

1 TBSP ground cinnamon
2 tsp dried, ground turmeric
1 tsp dried, ground ginger
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground black pepper
½ tsp ground nutmeg
½ tsp ground allspice
½ tsp ground cardamom
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground cloves

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Store in an airtight container.

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