10 Moroccan Recipes That Use Ras el Hanout

Ras el Hanout

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Ras el hanout is a classic Moroccan spice mix that is often used in spice rubs, marinades, soups, and other recipes. It is made up of 13 spices, and you can buy it already mixed in the gourmet or international food section in grocery stores or online. It's also very easy to make ras el hanout at home because all of the spices are surprisingly common.

The combination of ginger, cardamom, mace, and other spices instantly adds a boost of flavor to any dish. After trying a few of these recipes, you'll discover why it's a favorite spice blend.

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    Mrouzia (or m'rouzia) is a sweet and spicy Moroccan tagine of lamb, raisins, almonds, and honey. Ras el hanout is a key ingredient in mrouzia, and saffron contributes to the tagine's unique flavor. This dish is traditionally prepared in the days following Eid al-Adha (or Eid al-Kabir), though it's delicious any time of the year.

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    Tagine of Lamb With Dates

    Tagine of Lamb With Dates

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    While ras el hanout is optional in this easy Moroccan tagine of lamb with dates, it's highly recommended that you add the seasoning. The recipe works just as well with beef as it does with the traditional choice of lamb. The meat is cooked until tender with saffron, ginger, ras el hanout, and pepper. It's then finished off with soft dates in a cinnamon-flavored syrup and traditionally garnished with sesame seeds and fried almonds.

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    Vegetarian Carrot and Chickpea Tagine

    Moroccan Vegetarian Tagine with Chickpeas and Carrots

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    This spicy vegetarian carrot and chickpea tagine is quite versatile. You can increase the cayenne pepper to give it a fiery quality or add a bit more honey and the optional raisins for a sweeter dish. Splitting the water with an equal part of a vegetable or chicken broth adds some depth to the flavor as well. It's the foundation for a memorable meal and is a recipe you'll want to make often.

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    Pumpkin, Chickpea, and Tomato Soup

    Moroccan soup with chickpeas, pumpkin and tomatoes

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    Fresh pumpkin and chickpeas come together in a fragrant pumpkin, chickpea, and tomato soup that is sure to delight your family. It's flavored with customary Moroccan spices, including saffron, ginger, cinnamon, and ras el hanout. Honey adds just a touch of sweetness, which is a nice complement to the pumpkin and can be adjusted to suit your personal taste.

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    Couscous Tfaya

    Couscous Tfaya With Chicken

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    Choose chicken or lamb for couscous tfaya—it's delicious either way. The word tfaya is used to describe the caramelized onions and raisins that offer a sweet and spicy flavor to the dish. You can also go the easy route and use instant couscous or choose to create an authentic experience by steaming the couscous in a couscoussier.

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    Chicken and Onion Tagine

    Chicken in a tagine

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    This easy Moroccan chicken and onion tagine recipe is particularly delicious when prepared in a clay or ceramic tagine with free-range chicken (called djaj bildi in Morocco). Although well-seasoned, the dish is not spicy and won't overshadow the prized flavor of a free-range bird. The onions, some of which caramelize during cooking, add ​a subtle sweetness that brings all the flavors together.

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    Tagine of Meat, Quinces, and Honey

    Lamb and quince tagine

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    This easy tagine of meat, quinces, and honey is a delicious way to enjoy quinces (called safarjal in Arabic). Like other Moroccan fruit tagines, the recipe features a savory combo of spicy and sweet, with a combination of garlic, ginger, turmeric, ras el hanout, honey, and sugar. It also comes with the option of beef or lamb.

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    Chicken With Chickpeas and Raisins

    Chicken and chickpea tagine

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    Chickpeas, raisins, and tomatoes form the base for a delicious stewed chicken with chickpeas and raisins tagine that's filled with flavor. The spicy, fragrant sauce uses a combination of cinnamon, saffron, and ras el hanout (among other ingredients) and cooks up nicely in a tagine or more conventional cookware. Bake up some chewy khobz dyal Zraa' bread, and your traditional Moroccan meal is complete.

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    Tagine of Lamb With Preserved Lemons and Olives

    Lamb tagine
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    If you're looking for a dish to use up both preserved lemons and ras el hanout, this tagine of lamb with preserved lemons and olives recipe is the one you need. It's also a great excuse to make either ingredient at home. It features lamb, olives, ginger, and saffron, and you can also try it with beef or goat. Your family will love that it's traditionally served with french fries, which are surprisingly easy to make from scratch, too.

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    Moroccan Spiced Goat Stew

    Moroccan Spiced Goat Stew

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    Ras el hanout adds a nice punch of flavor to a delicious goat stew. This Moroccan spiced goat stew recipe combines the spice blend with cumin, caraway, fennel, cloves, and cardamom. The stew is slowly cooked in the oven and is great comfort food, making it an exceptional choice for chilly days.