Ras El Hanout

I first came across the name of this spice blend in a quiz posted by PinkPolkaDot. As I like to make all my own spice blends I gave this a go. According to my cooking Moroccan each spice shop has its own ras el hanout which translates to ‘shopkeepers choice’ or ‘top of the shop’. This mixture may contain as few as 10 or as many as 26 different  ground spices, depending on the whim of the shopkeeper. This recipe is a simplified version.

Ras El Hanout
Ras El Hanout

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Ras El Hanout

Recipe Category: Spice Blend
Makes enough for: 1 batch Ras El Hanout
All Rights Reserved: An original recipe from Lavender and Lime


  • 22.5 mls ground nutmeg (or 2 freshly grated nutmeg)
  • 15 mls ground cinnamon
  • 15 mls ground coriander
  • 10 mls ground allspice
  • 10 mls ground cardamom
  • 10 mls freshly ground black pepper
  • 10 mls ground cumin
  • 10 mls ground ginger
  • 10 mls turmeric
  • 5 mls fenugreek seeds
  • 5 mls dried rosemary
  • 2.5 mls cayenne pepper
  • 2.5 mls ground cloves
  • 1.25 mls lavender petals
  • 3 small rosebuds
  • 1 star anise


  • Place all of the ingredients into a dry frying pan
  • Place onto the stove over a low temperature and leave until you can smell the spices
  • Put the star anise into a spice grinder and grind until fine
  • Place everything into a mortar and pestle and gently crush to combine
  • Store in an airtight container and use as needed


you can add dried thyme, mace, paradise (melegueta pepper), orris root, cubeb pepper, belladonna

Ras El Hanout

Do not be intimidated by the ingredient list. Most of these spices are standard pantry items. And if you do not have something, just leave it out. I often do not have ground cloves at home but it is easy to make your own using whole cloves. Just be sure to toast the cloves before you grind them. And make sure you use a spice grinder that is not used for coffee! Otherwise your coffee will be tainted. If you do not like spicy blends then leave the cayenne pepper out. And if you prefer your food on the hotter scale, then add more.

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