Ras Al Hanout means “top of the shop” in Arabic. Merchants would develop their own blends to compete for their customer’s loyalty. As with many other long standing spice blends, you’ll probably never find two that are the same. Poke through your spice cabinet and you will probably find that you have most of what you need already. You don’t need to have everything, and you can add as you go. There are few rules, but to get the traditional flavour profile, you need to have paprika, hot or sweet, or both, as you like it, cinnamon, black pepper, cumin, cardamom and coriander, cloves and nutmeg. From there, you can dig into the background ras al hanout and come up with your own signature blend. 

Ras Al Hanout

Lori Franko

Use ras al hanout in your favourite North African recipes, or give your everyday meatloaf, chicken pieces, hamburgers, or mac and cheese a boost!

Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Cuisine North African
Servings 1 Jar


  • coffee mill or mortar and pestle


  • 2 tsp paprika (sweet, hot or a mixture of both)
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp whole black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tsp cardamom seeds
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp mace or nutmeg
  • 8 whole cloves


  • Use a mortar and pestle or a coffee mill to grind the whole spices into a fine powder. Mix with the other ground spices. Store in a cool, dry place in an airtight container.
Keyword spice, north africa


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Lori Franko

I've been a knitter for my entire life and I have taught and designed patterns for a pretty good part of that life. I love creating and sharing my passion for knitting. You won't hear about anything else from me. I really hope that what you read here helps improve your enjoyment of this amazing craft!