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Where to find ras el hanout Moroccan spice blend

jennyjen Feb 8, 2012 09:05 AM

Does anyone know where to find a good, complex blend of ras el hanout? It's hard to make properly at home... Thanks!

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  1. Delucacheesemonger Feb 8, 2012 09:37 AM

    Kalustyan on Lexington in Manhattan. Very fresh spices and superb inventory, eg, urfa turkish peppers at 1/4 the cost of Zingerman's. Bitar's on South 10th St here might have it as well.

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      purplesachi Feb 8, 2012 10:51 AM

      isn't ras el hanout a blend of spices that varies with each cook? i was at RTM two weeks ago and asked a woman at the moroccan stand if they had this spice blend, and she had no idea what i was talking about. she was asking if i wanted a 7-spice blend, and i didn't know if that's what ras el hanout was, so i declined buying anything. meh.

      i ended up using a spice blend from savory spice shop that my sister-in-law gave that was labeled 'moroccan' when i made the moroccan merguez ragout with poached eggs on food52.com.

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        mookleknuck Feb 10, 2012 09:57 AM

        I don't know if it's <the> 7-spice blend that the woman at the RTM was trying to sell you, but shichimi togaroshi (sp?) is a Japanese 7-spice blend that is not like ras el hanout.

        I saw a mass-produced version of ras el hanout from McCormick's in a Plymouth Meeting Giant spice aisle recently. It must be getting pretty popular if it's at the supermarket! Can't verify its complexity nor freshness, however.

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        travelmad478 Feb 8, 2012 12:41 PM

        Try Makkah Market, 4249 Walnut St. Otherwise I second the Kalustyan recommendation, and you don't have to go to NY--you can buy from them online. I get my ras from them in big bags. Here is the page on their website that lists it:


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        1. re: travelmad478
          Boognish Feb 9, 2012 08:03 AM

          Makkah Market does not carry it unfortunately. They are currently carrying za'atar if you're looking.

          I order mine online from Mustapha's.

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          Bob Loblaw Feb 8, 2012 05:37 PM

          I have some ras el hanout I got at di bruno brothers. seems fine. when i cook with it i'm usually adding so many other spices that it gets lost in the crowd, but the end results are always delicious.

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            asmith Feb 9, 2012 07:58 AM

            Have you tried Penzeys in Chestnut Hill?

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              purplesachi Feb 9, 2012 09:23 AM

              penzeys does not carry it.

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              SpdRcr069 Feb 9, 2012 09:22 AM

              One of my favorite Moroccan restaurants Marrakesh http://www.marrakesheastcoast.com/. You may try calling them or emailing them asking if there are any markets that sell this specific spice blend. Good Luck!
              *Was going to recommend Makkah Market, but it looks as though they do not carry this spice blend...


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