By Nasseh on October 30, 2007
Photo by Annacia
Photo by Annacia
"Ras el Hanout ( "top of the shop" ) is a spice mixture from Morocco that can contain anywhere from 10-100 different spices. After checking cookbooks & searching online I decided on this combination for this spice mix."
Serving Size: 1 (56 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
"Can't believe I didn't review this right off the bat the first time I made it. Noticed while making a huge batch for the six children for Christmas ( along with my special kashi pilaf recipe). Anyway this is a fabulous blend for use on lamb, pork , chicken. I like to rub it into lamb shanks and braise slowly for 3 hours or so. Then I pull the meat, add a little more seasoning and incorporate in pilaf finished with a brown butter sauce ( also seasoned with R-E-H) to which I have added scallion, pistachios, garlic and some preserved lemon among other things. My children go wild over this so each is getting a pilaf starter set for Christmas...this spice blend, some pistachios, a box of Kashi and a jar of preserved lemons. Thanks so much for turning me on to Moroccan cuisine !"
"This is an outstanding blend of spices! Aromatic when cooking, and with layers and layers of flavor from sweet to spicy (but not overwhelmingly so) when eating. Have used it twice on recipe #454193; once with chicken as called for, then again braising with lamb. With grilling season starting can't wait to try it as a rub."
"Wonderful blend of spices, a perfect blend of sweet and spicy! I love that I can make such a complex spice mix with spices I already have on hand. I have used this in some of your delicious tagines and look forward to trying it as a dry rub for meat as a previous reviewer has suggested. Thanks for posting, I will use this frequently! Made for Spring 2010 PAC."
"Thank you for sharing this version of Ras El Hanout, Nasseh. We really enjoyed all the flavors in this spice mix. You could taste all the different spices easily, nothing over powered. Made exactly as written but omitted the cumin as both dh & I both react poorly to it. I used this to make recipe #505620 #505620 which was wonderful, partially because of your excellent spice mix. Made for Name That Ingredient Tag Game."
"Great spice blend -- one I will enjoy keeping on hand. Used this mix on recipe#494977 tonight and it really added a great depth of flavor to the potatoes. Thanks for the post."
"This is a great recipe.. the best for Ras El Hanout that I have found. I have been experimenting with it, invited friends over.... and now I am handing out gifts of Ras El Hanout, as they all loooove it!"
"We used this spice mixture on a whole roasting chicken - and we just loved the flavour it brought to the chicken. Another great thing about the recipe is that the spices needed are generally ones you already have in the spice rack, so easy to mix up in a flash."
"This is a very hot spice mix. Although it is a bit too hot for my personal tastes...it does have a lovely flavor. I was surprised that I liked it as much as I did. DH really liked it. Made for ZWT#6 - 2010."
"ZWT6: Excellent, unique combination of spices! We rubbed this on pork chops - YUM!"
"A wonderful blend of Middle Eastern spices. I am so pleased to have a supply of ras el hanout on hand. Thanks so much for posting."
"This is really great! I can't wait to find more ways to use it. I know versions of this can include a list of spices a mile long, so this was just about right...had everything in the pantry already. Thanks for posting! ZWT6"
"This is lovely and fragrant as I toasted the cumin and would do the same to the other spices next time. I did not use nutmeg as it is an intoxicant and "Every intoxicant is haram. Something that intoxicates only when consumed in large quantities, is not allowed to be taken even in a lesser quantity." I used white sugar left out the cayenne and cloves out of preference. I can't wait to try this in different recipes. So far I have used this spice mixture in Recipe #291700 which was very delicious! Made for Ramadan Tag."
"Great spice mix! Rich and warm and just spicy enough. I used this in your recipe #291700 and I think it will be great on chicken and pork as well. Thanks for posting this recipe!"
"Loved the deep, complex aroma that came from this mixture as I blended it together. I used it to make burgers from your kebab recipe, and I am very glad I did. I am also glad I made a lot more -- I used tablespoons for all measurements instead of teaspoons, so now I have this wonderful spice mix in my pantry to use again and again."
"Really a wonderful spice mix. We used last night in Recipe #291700 but love the suggestion to use on chicken which I think I will do later this week. We have an awful lot of spice mix to use up and I'm not exactly sure what to do with it just yet. EDITED TO ADD: I put this rub on a pork roast tonight for Easter dinner and it is out of this world."
"I halved this recipe because I wasn't sure what to expect, but wish I'd doubled it instead. I love the way the flavors blend and present themselves."
"I used this to rub on some chicken to bake in the oven. The blend of flavors both spicy and sweet were very nice on the chicken. We really enjoyed having a new chicken recipe to try. We will have this again, and I may try it on pork the next time! Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe with us Nasseh! Made for Zaar Stars 1/08 Linda"
"Such a rich and complex mix! I used this to make Chicken & Lentil Tagine (Recipe #287439). Could be added to many things to add depth and intensity to the flavor."
"A terrific spice mix! I used it in Recipe #291700. Thank you for sharing the recipe!"
"This mix is beautifully rich and complex; perfect for so many dishes. My first use was as an ingredient in your Recipe #291700. Sheer perfection. Thank you, Nasseh, for posting!"