This is an authentic Moroccan dish featuring the spice mix ras el hanout. If you are not able to purchase it commercially, there are a couple of recipes for the mix posted here on Recipezaar. While the dish is well-flavored, it is not "hot". If you are looking for an easily-prepared comforting meal, I invite you to give this one a try. As a side note, I was quite amused to find that it tastes amazingly similar to a typically Belgian dish, "Stoverij" (Beef Carbonnade).