Literally translated, Ras Al Hanout means ‘head of the shop’, perhaps because this exotic mixture can contain nearly every ingredient in a spice shop. It is used in Moroccan cuisine to flavour a range of dishes from couscous to the lamb sausages called merguez, to the hearty stews known as tagines. While the mixes typically contain aromatics and flower petals they may also contain such dodgy ingredients as ‘Spanish fly’. It’s all part of the adventure.
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