Ingredients: Chili, Cinnamon, Cumin, Ginger, Turmeric, Coriander, Green Cardamom, Black Pepper, Allspice, Mace, Rosebud, White Pepper, Nutmeg, Saffron, Cloves, Bay Leaves
Ras el Hanout has a reputation of being the very pinnacle of all spice blends. The name Ras el Hanout, loosely translated, means “head of the shop” and is meant to represent the very best the spice merchant has to offer. What makes this blend so special is the number of ingredients, sometimes over twenty, and the subtle manner in which all these unique spices merge to form a balanced, full-bodied blend with no sharp edges. Ras el hanout is subtly curry-like with a spicy yet floral fragrance and robust yet subtle flavor. When sprinkled onto chicken and fish before pan-frying, grilling, or baking it gives a golden color and mild, aromatic spiciness that is very agreeable. Ras el hanout goes well with lamb, game, tagines, and couscous dishes.
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