Ras el Hanout Spice Mix Recipe

Yields: About 1/4 cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

Core Spices

  • 2 tablespoons ground coriander
  • 2 tablespoons ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon paprika (sweet or smoked)
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Optional “Elevating” Spices

  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust for heat preference)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

Specialty Ingredients (Rare, but add unique depth):

  • A small pinch of dried rose petals
  • A small pinch of lavender buds
  • A small pinch of saffron threads

Instructions:

  • Measure and Combine: In a small bowl, combine all of your chosen spices. If using whole spices, grind them finely using a mortar and pestle or spice grinder.
  • Mix thoroughly: Stir the spices well until they form a fragrant, homogenous blend.
  • Store: Transfer the Ras el Hanout to an airtight container (a small mason jar works perfectly) and store it in a cool, dark place for maximum freshness and potency.
  • Enjoy: Use your homemade Ras el Hanout in marinades, rubs for meat and fish, tagines, stews, soups, sprinkled over roasted vegetables, and even as a popcorn seasoning!

Tips:

  • Toast for more flavor: For an even more intense flavor profile, toast the whole spices in a dry skillet over medium-low heat until fragrant before grinding.
  • Customize: Ras el Hanout recipes vary greatly. Experiment with different ratios and spice combinations to find your perfect blend!
  • Shelf-life: This blend will maintain its potency for several months if stored correctly. For the freshest flavor, make smaller batches to use up more quickly.

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