Ras El Hanout

Ras El-Hanout
Ras El-Hanout

The Moroccan Carrot Salad recipe from the other day requires an ingredient called ras el hanout. Some people might wonder what that is, and some people might not be able to find it already made. Ras el hanout is a spice mixture originating in North Africa. It could be considered as the North African version of the Indian garam masala. Ras el hanout is associated mainly with Morocco, but it is also used in the neighboring countries.

You can find it in a spice jar in many grocery stores and speciality markets, but if not, or if you’re crazy like me and love to do these things from scratch, here is the recipe I’ve been using for a while. I’m not sure where it’s from or who gave it to me, but it sure tastes great. You could even go as far as grinding each individual spice before mixing them.

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Ras El Hanout

  • Author: Karine K
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
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Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Instructions

Whisk everything together in a small bowl. You can keep this spice blend in an airtight container at room temperate, away from the light, for about a month. You can use it to flavor dressings, you can rub root vegetables before roasting them, you can stir into a couscous. There are so many possibilities for this complex and tasty spice mix. Bon appétit!

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Ras el hanout

  • Author: Karine K
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
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Ingredients

  • 1 c. à thé de cumin moulu 
  • 1 c. à thé de gingembre moulu
  • 1 c. à thé de curcuma moulu
  • 3/4 c. à thé de cannelle moulue
  • 3/4 c. à thé de poivre noir, fraîchement moulu
  • 1/2 c. à thé de poivre blanc, fraîchement moulu
  • 1/2 c. à thé de graines de coriandre moulues
  • 1/2 c. à thé de cayenne
  • 1/2 c. à thé de piment de la Jamaïque moulu
  • 1/2 c. à thé de muscade moulue
  • 1/4 c. à thé de clou de girofle moulu

Instructions

Mélanger tous les ingrédients dans un petit bol. Conserve le mélange d’épices dans un contenant hermétique au réfrigérateur pendant un mois. Vous pouvez l’utiliser dans une vinaigrette, pour assaisonner des légumes racines avant la cuisson au four, ou même pour relever un couscous. Ce mélange à épices est vraiment versatile. Bon appétit!

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Moroccan Spiced Carrot Salad

Moroccan Spiced Carrot Salad
Moroccan Spiced Carrot Salad

Go ahead, finish the whole bowl! This Moroccan Spiced Carrot Salad is so good, even the kids asked for more. The sweetness brought in by the maple syrup mixes perfectly with the lingering cumin aroma.

It all started with some Fruit Bliss Agen plums. Fruit Bliss‘s fruits are simply delectable, it’s sometimes hard to use them for anything else than eat as is. But I was set on something no-cook for dinner. I had carrots on hand. I always have chickpeas and herbs, so it was decided. A Moroccan-inspired carrot salad with chickpeas, mint, and the delicious plums.

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Moroccan Spiced Carrot Salad

  • Author: Karine K
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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ras el hanout (homemade or store-bought)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Salt, to taste
  • 4 cups shredded carrots (on a box grater or food processor)
  • 1 can chickpeas (15-ounce), rinsed and drained
  • 1 bag (5-ounce) dried plums, quartered (I used Fruit Bliss, they’re the best)
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 1/3 cup almond slices, toasted

Instructions

For the dressing, toast the cumin seeds in a dry skillet until aromatic and lightly browned, about 1-2 minutes. Transfer to a mortar and pestle and grind.

In a small bowl, combine the cumin seeds, ras el-hanout, olive oil, lemon juice, maple syrup, salt, and red pepper flakes.

In a large bowl, combine the shredded carrots, chickpeas, dried plums, and mint. Mix gently. Add in the vinaigrette, toss until evenly coated. You can serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to eat. Before serving, garnish with the almond slices. Bon appétit!

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Salade de carottes aux épices marocaines

  • Author: Karine K
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Ingredients

  • 1 c. à soupe de graines de cumin
  • 1/2 c. à thé de ras el hanout (fait maison ou acheté)
  • 1/3 tasse d’huile d’olive
  • 3 c. à soupe de jus de citron frais
  • 1 c. à soupe de sirop d’érable
  • 1/8 c. à thé de flocons de chili
  • Sel de mer, au goût
  • 4 tasses de carottes râpées
  • 1 boîte de pois chiches (15 onces), rincés et égouttés
  • 5 onces de prunes séchées, coupées en quatre
  • 1/4 tasse de menthe fraîche, émincée
  • 1/3 tasses d’amandes ciselées, rôties

Instructions

Pour la vinaigrette, faire rôtir les graines de cumin dans une petite poêle jusqu’à ce qu’elles soient aromatiques, environ 1 à 2 minutes. Transférer dans un mortier et moudre à l’aide du pilon.

Dans un petit bol, mélanger le cumin moulu, le ras el hanout, l’huile d’olive, le jus de citron, le sirop d’érable, le sel de mer, et les flocons de chili.

Dans un grand bol, combiner les carottes râpées, les pois chiches, les prunes séchées, et la menthe. Ajouter la vinaigrette et mélanger délicatement. Vous pouvez manger immédiatement ou placer au réfrigérateur jusqu’au moment de servir. Bon appétit!

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