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Ras el Hanout


From EatingWell:  September/October 2008

Ras el hanout is a special blend of spices used to flavor many North African and Middle Eastern dishes. The combination varies depending on who prepares it, but most blends contain cinnamon, ginger, black pepper and nutmeg. The saffron in this blend imparts a lovely yellow color. Make a large batch and keep it on hand—it's so delicious you'll want to use it as a rub for fish or meat, try it in vegetable stews or add it to roasted vegetables.

1 1/2 tablespoons | Active Time: 5 minutes | Total Time: 5 minutes



  1. Crush saffron and salt together in a mortar and pestle until a coarse powder forms. (Alternatively, place saffron and salt on a cutting board and use the flat side of a chef’s knife to grind into a coarse powder.) Combine with ginger, turmeric, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper in a small bowl.


Per 1 1/2 tablespoons : 29 Calories; 1 g Fat; 0 g Sat; 0 g Mono; 0 mg Cholesterol; 6 g Carbohydrates; 1 g Protein; 2 g Fiber; 4653 mg Sodium; 86 mg Potassium

Exchanges: none

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