Casablanca: Ras el Hanout

Ras el Hanout - or "top of the shop" -

is a spice powder made of more than a dozen ingredients. You can buy versions of it online and at Middle Eastern groceries. Or, you can make your own. If you're not going to use the spices for other dishes, it can be a costly collection to acquire. On the other hand, making fresh ground Ras el Hanout will make your dish even more richly flavored.


  • 1/2 teaspoon aniseed
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 8 whole allspice berries
  • seeds from 8 cardamom pods
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 15 whole black peppercorns
  • 1 stick cinnamon, broken in half
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seed
  • a pinch dried red pepper flakes
  • a pinch ground mace
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg


Print the Ras el Hanout cheat sheet by clicking here. Put the ingredients on the specified places on the sheet. Fold the sheet and pour it into the spice mill. Pulsing frequently, grind the mix to as fine a powder as possible. Reserve in an air tight container.

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