Ras El Hanout
Ras El Hanout is Arabic for "top of the shop," and is the blend of the finest wares the spice shop has on hand. This popular spice blend is widely used in Arab and Sephardic [Spanish/Middle Eastern Jewish] cuisines, adding vibrant golden color and rich flavor to all sorts of dishes.
Ras el hanout is used in almost every kind of food, sometimes rubbed on meat and stirred into rice. It is often believed to be an aphrodisiac.
As with so many other spice blends, Ras El Hanout's ingredients vary from region to region, and shop to shop. But typically, Ras El Hanout will include fragrant and curry-like spices like cardamom, clove, cinnamon, ground chili peppers, coriander, cumin, nutmeg, peppercorn, and turmeric. Whatever the particular combination, the spices in Ras El Hanout are reminiscent of curry, with a spicy kick, a floral fragrance, and an overall robust flavor.
Use Ras El Hanout seasoning blend with meat and vegetable tagines, meatballs, or lamb. Ras El Hanout complements any Middle Eastern vegetable dish, and is a frequent seasoning for curried rice and roasted vegetables. Try Ras El Hanout to season roast chicken, with some dried apricots and couscous for authentic North African flair.