Saturday 23 January 2010

Ras el Hanout powder/ Poudre de Ras el Hanout

Ras el Hanout powder is a mixture of spices used across North Africa in many dishes like the popular "Couscous". Each family make their own combination of this mixture of spices and this is a recipe I borrowed from one of my friends. One can very well find this powder in the supermarkets too but can never be compared to fresh home-made ones, isn't it?

Ingredients you'll need for making your own Ras el Hanout powder/ Les Ingrédients pour faire le poudre de Ras el Hanout:

1 tsp black pepper/ 1 c. à thé de poivre noir
4 cardamom pods / 4 cardamomes
1/2 tsp of cinnamon powder/ 1/2 c.café de cannelle moulue
1 tbsp cumin seeds/ 1 c. à soupe de graines de cumin
1 tsp dry ginger powder/ 1 c. à thé de gingembre moulu
1 tsp turmeric powder/ 1 c. à thé de poudre de curcuma
1 teaspoon salt/ 1 cuillère à café de sel
¾ teaspoon cinnamon powder/ 3 / 4 cuillère à café de cannelle en poudre
½ tsp white pepper powder/ ½ c. à thé de poudre de poivre blanc
2 tbsp coriander seeds/ 2 c. à soupe de graines de coriandre
2 or 3 dry red chilies or cayenne pepper/ 2 ou 3 piments rouges secs ou poivre de cayenne
½ tsp nutmeg powder/ ½ c. à thé de noix de muscade en poudre
3 or 4 cloves/ 3 ou 4 clous de girofle

Method/ La préparation :

Toast all the ingredients in a pan on low medium flame and grind to make a fine powder; It can be stored in an airtight bottle for a month / Toaster tous les ingrédients dans une poêle sur feu moyen et les mixer afin d’obtenir une poudre fine; Il peut être conservé dans une bouteille hermétique pendant un mois.


Parita said...

Wow you are so fluent in french??? did u learn all by urself?

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Love the make-urself podi. Sounds fabulous.

About what I made from your recipe-list, its non-vegetarian and yes it was a big hit at home. I didn't even have much leftover to photograph..but I managed somehow. It was from one of your recent posts too. :). I certainly will be making it again.

Jean's Saappadu said...

Hi Parita,
I've been living here since 15 years now, so it's normal... & moreover all at home speak (my dad & surroundings) it wasn't really a new language to me dear :)

hello Cool Lassi(e),

thank you!!!
but I'm going to give you some strong knocks on your head for doing this to me lol
ok, let me guess, is it vermicelli kesari or lemon rassam?

N S said...

Sounds interesting. Can you tell me in which Indian dish we can use this podi other than Couscous? Sorry for my ignorance.

Jean's Saappadu said...

Dear N S,

As this spice mixture contains almost similar ingredients which is in the "garam masala", maybe this can be used in some Indian dishes too.. I have never tried though...

Until now, I have used only in the Couscous and some Tajine recipes... maybe we should try it in our dishes too, after all it's a wonderful spice mixture.... :)

Gita said...

The spice mixture sounds interesting da....I think I can even add it in some of our traditional dishes :)

Siddhi S said...

wow nice spice mix...loved its ingredients...

Sashi said...

Thats interesting !! I am marking it if I plan to make one day !!

Padhu said...

Nice spice powder .Refreshing my French by reading your blog in French.

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