Moroccan Fragrant Spice Blend (Ras el Hanout)

Ras el Hanout literally translates to “head of the shop,” referring to the quality and number of spices that are included in this mix. It is a blend of fragrant and warm spices that can be used to add a delicate flavor to slow cooked stews (tagines), or as a spice rub for meats before they are grilled.

Moroccan Ras El Hanout

Ras el Hanout- Moroccan Fragrant Spice Blend

Ras el Hanout adds a distinctive Moroccan flavor to dishes. It's well worth having some in your pantry, and it can be made at home using this simplified recipe. It takes 5 minutes to combine dried and ground spices that are typically already in your home.
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Course: BBQ, Spice Mix
Cuisine: African, Morocco, North Africa
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cup
Author: My Hungry Traveler


  • Frying pan
  • Spice grinder or mortar and pestle


Whole Spices

  • 1 large Cinnamon stick (broken up)
  • tbsp Whole black peppercorns
  • tap Whole allspice berries
  • 1 tbsp Cumin seeds
  • 10 Green cardamom pods
  • 2 small Whole cloves
  • 1 Star anise

Spices and Herbs

  • 1 tsp Ground ginger
  • 1 tsp Ground mace
  • 1 tsp Ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Lavender
  • 1 tsp Dried rose petals


  • Toast Whole Spices – Add all whole spices to a dry frying pan set over medium-low heat. Lightly toast until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Shake so spices don't burn. Let it cool slightly and remove cardamom pods. Crack them open with a pan or anything else heavy and remove seeds. Discard the pods and move seeds back into the pan.
  • Grind Spices – In a coffee or spice grinder, blend the cooled spices from the pan to a gritty texture. Add the rest of the spices and herbs and grind everything to a fine powder. Ras el Hanout will keep for 6 months or longer when stored in a sealed container away from the light.


Calories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 22mg | Potassium: 658mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 204IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 243mg | Iron: 10mg

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