Moroccan Spice Mix (Ras el Hanout) the
Classic, Complex North African Blend

Probably the most famous Moroccan spice mix has to be Ras el Hanout! And if you're feeling adventurous, and have a well stocked spice cupboard, I recommend you give this recipe a go! It really gives you a chance to push the boat out and use ingredients you may not get another chance to use. (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)

What You'll Need: (makes about 10 tablespoons)

2 tbsp coriander seeds 
1 tbsp mustard seeds
1 tbsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp allspice berries
1 tbsp cubebs
1 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp galangal powder
2 tsp grains of paradise
2 tsp turmeric
2 tsp sumac
1 tsp annatto seeds
1 tsp szechuan peppercorns
1 tsp ginger powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp nigella seeds
1 tsp ajwain seeds
3 inch piece cassia-cinnamon
3 blades of mace
20 dried curry leaves

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Break up the cassia-cinnamon and mace blades
  • Grind the cassia and mace with the other whole ingredients and curry leaves
  • Sieve into a bowl
  • Add the powders and combine everything thoroughly

That's it! Even though it uses a lot of ingredients, it's still really quick and easy-to-make.

Note: For this ras el hanout recipe, try and use as many whole ingredients as possible. Of course if you don't have them all, just use pre-ground powders and reduce the amounts by roughly half. So if it says 2 tablespoons whole coriander seeds you use 1 tablespoon pre-ground coriander. Reduce any others you don't have by half as well and stir in with the other powders when making.

Storing and Grinding Tips:

Picture of Ras el Hanout

Store your Moroccan blend in an airtight jar out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months.

Note: As this is probably the most complex blend you'll ever make, I recommend taking it a step further and dry toasting the whole ingredients before cooling and grinding.

This releases the most fabulous aromas and flavours. Click here for "step-by-step" info on this simple process. (Link opens in new window)

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