North African Ras El Hanout

North African Ras El Hanout

 

North African Ras El Hanout

North African Ras El Hanout

When a spice shop owner in North Africa uses its magic to create an extraordinary spice blend, it is called Ras El Hanout, "head of the shop". The quantity and quality of the selected spices depend on the wealth of the customer. This recipe includes a blend of 23 ingredients, including precious long pepper, grains of paradise, rosebud, and mace. You will love it!
 
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Algerian, Egyptian, Moroccan, Tunesian
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 1.25 lb chicken breast or thighs cut into 1/2 inch strips
  • 1 lb white carrots roughly cut
  • 1/2 lb turnips roughly cut
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Ras El Hanout Culinary Spice Kit

  • Cumin, coriander, paprika, black pepper, nutmeg, allspice, grains of paradise, ginger, nigella, caraway, cinnamon, rosebud, mace, anise, brown mustard, turmeric, chamomile, long pepper, cardamom, fenugreek, cloves, chili, lavender

Suggested Sides

  • couscous
  • rice
  • boiled potatoes

Instructions
 

Vegetables

  • In a POT, steam carrots and turnips or cook them over low heat in a little bit of water with salt to taste.
  • Use only as much water as needed to prevent the vegetables from burning.
  • Once the vegetables are tender, mash them with a fork or potato masher. Add salt & pepper to taste.

Chicken

  • In a large PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  • Add the chicken, Ras El Hanout spices, and salt to taste. Mix well.
  • Fry the chicken until it is cooked through and turned brown on all sides.

Serve

  • Serve the chicken on a bed of vegetable mash with your preferred sides.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Substitute the chicken with turkey, lamb or pork tenderloin, sirloin beef, or your preferred steak. For lamb or beef, fry it to your desired doneness.
  • If you really want to miss out on the turnips, substitute them with potatoes.
  • Substitute white carrots with colored carrots.
Alternatively, use the Ras El Hanout spices for one of the following recipes:
Keyword grains of paradise, long peper, mace, nigella, rosebud
Moroccan Couscous 7 Vegetables

Moroccan Couscous aux Sept Légumes

 

Couscous aux Sept Légumes

Couscous aux Sept Légumes

'Couscous with seven vegetables' is a traditional dish in North African countries and much loved by its visitors. Saffron supports the rich flavor of plenty of fresh vegetables. Don't worry about the chopping! Luckily, the vegetables are used in a larger size for this dish. Couscous is also cooked with lamb or sheep. A typical topping is Tfaya, caramelized onions, raisins, and cinnamon. With Tfaya, arrange for a longer cooking time.
 
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Moroccan
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

Shopping list

  • 1 lb chicken pieces with skin or lamb or beef
  • 10 oz couscous
  • 1/2 small white cabbage quartered
  • 0.5 lb pumpkin cut in 2-inch thick pieces
  • 0.5 lb carrots cut in half
  • 0.5 lb turnips or daikon cut in 8 pieces
  • 1/2 bunch parsley or cilantro or mixed finely chopped

You might have

  • 1 medium onion halved and sliced
  • olive oil
  • salt

Optional vegetables as (partly) substitutes

  • 1 large zucchini halved and cut lengthwise
  • 2 tomato/es quartered
  • 1 cup green beans

Optional

  • 1 cup garbanzo or fava beans (from a can, rinsed)
  • 3/4 cup raisins

Tfaya

  • 4 medium onions halved and sliced
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1-2 tbsp sugar

Culinary Spice Kit

  • Pouch [1] paprika, turmeric, ginger, black pepper, saffron
  • Pouch [2] cinnamon, cardamom

Instructions
 

Tfaya (optional)

  • In a POT, melt butter.
  • Add sliced onions, salt & Couscous Spices [2] to taste.
  • Cook over medium-low heat for 2 minutes, stirring constantly to detach the onions.
  • Add 2 tbsp of water.
  • Cover and cook for about 30 minutes until the onions are soft. Stir occasionally.
  • Add raisins and sugar.
  • Cover and cook for about 30 minutes until the onions are caramelized. Stir occasionally.

Stew

  • In a large POT, heat 2 tbsp olive oil over medium heat.
  • Fry meat and onions until the meat turns slightly brown on all sides.
  • Add vegetables, salt to taste, and Couscous Spices [1].
  • If you use zucchini, add them after 10 minutes.
  • If you use lamb or beef, cook meat in water and spices until it's almost tender, before you add the vegetables.
  • Add 2.5 cups of water.
  • Cover POT and bring to boil.
  • Cook over medium-low heat for 15 minutes.
  • Add the herbs and optionally garbanzo beans and/or raisins and Couscous Spices [2] to taste. Mix well.
  • Continue to cook for about 5-10 minutes until all ingredients are soft but not mashed.

Couscous

  • Prepare couscous according to package instructions.

Serve

  • On a large plate, serve stew over couscous.
  • Optionally, top with Tfaya.
  • Enjoy!
Keyword cardamom, cinnamon, saffron
South African Bobotie

South African Bobotie

 

South African Bobotie

South African Bobotie

Bobotie is a popular South African dish. It was most likely influenced by the Malaysian and Dutch cuisine. The creamy meatloaf balances a sweet-sour-spicy flavor. Optionally, you can make it as a stir-fry in a pan. The spice blend contains dried mango called amchoor. Don't miss the apricot-ginger chutney.
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine South African
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

Shopping list

  • 1.5 lbs ground lamb or beef or mixed
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 2 medium onions chopped
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup lime or lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 2-5 tsp sugar
  • butter & oil
  • salt & pepper

Suggested Sides

  • Cooked rice, opt. colored with turmeric 
  • Apricot-ginger-chutney (recipe in the blog) 
  • Salad of your choice 
  • Steamed root vegetables 

Culinary Spice Kit

  • Pouch [1] Amchoor, coriander, onion, chili, cumin, turmeric, garlic, curry leaves, fenugreek, cilantro leaves, ginger, yellow mustard, cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper
  • Pouch [2] Lemon verbena, nutmeg. turmeric

Instructions
 

Meat

  • In a PAN, heat 2 tbsp butter.
  • Fry onions over medium-low heat until golden.
  • Add meat, salt to taste, and Bobotie [1] spices.
  • Stir-fry meat until it is crumbled and cooked.
  • In a BOWL, whisk 1 egg and mix it with a 1/4 cup of milk.
  • Add this egg-milk, sugar, and almonds to the meat. Mix well.
  • Stir in vinegar and lime juice. Adjust salt.
  • Fill into a non-sticking greased BAKING DISH (8 x 8).

Finishing

  • Preheat the OVEN to 350°F.
  • In a BOWL, whisk 2 eggs.
  • Mix it with 1/2 cup of milk, salt to taste, and Bobotie [2] spices.
  • Pour mixture over the meat.
  • Bake in the OVEN for 30-40 minutes until the topping is no longer liquid and turned slightly brown.

Serve

  • Serve bobotie with rice, and optional chutney and/ or vegetables or salad of your choice.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

▪ Substitute meat with lentils (tips in the blog).
▪ Substitute almonds with other nuts.
▪ Add 1/4 cup chopped almonds and/ or 1 oz raisins to the meat or rice.
▪ Press 3-4 fresh or dried leaves (bay, curry, or basil) into the topping before baking or add later as garnish.
Keyword amchoor, lemon thyme

Creole Green Papaya Chutney

Creole Green Papaya Chutney

When referring to green papaya the immature fruit is meant. Its flesh has less flavor than in the ripened state but is loved for the crunch.
Cuisine Creole

Ingredients
  

  • 1 green Papaya
  • 1 red onion finely sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 limes for juice
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Optional

  • fresh red chilies halved and finely sliced

Instructions
 

  • In a BOWL, finely grate the papaya into thin strips.
  • Sprinkle the papaya with salt to taste.
  • Cover and let rest for 15 minutes.
  • Squeeze the papaya until all its liquid is drained.
  • Season papaya with lime juice and pepper to taste.
  • In a PAN, heat 1 tsp oil and fry the onions until translucent.
  • Optionally, add chilies and stir for about half a minute.
  • Add the papaya. Mix well.
  • Cook over medium-low heat a couple of minutes until the papaya is tender. Stir occasionally.
  • Serve with Seychellois Kari Koko or Pwason Griye.

Notes

Substitute papaya with deseeded English cucumber.

Seychellois Ladob

 

Seychellois Ladob

For ladob as a side dish, sweet potatoes are cooked in spiced coconut milk. Optionally, go for a Ladob banana dessert with our online recipe.
Cuisine Seychellois
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 1 can coconut milk 14-15 oz

Ladob Side Dish

  • 1 lb sweet potatoes cut into 1-inch pieces

Ladob Dessert

  • 3 bananas cut each in 3-4 pieces
  • sugar to taste (brown or coconut recommended)

Ladob Spices

  • 1.5 tsp nutmeg
  • 0.5 tsp cinnamon

Instructions
 

Ladob Side Dish

  • In a POT, add potatoes, coconut milk, Ladob spices, and salt to taste.
  • Cover. Cook 10 minutes over medium heat, then about 25 minutes over low heat until the potatoes are cooked.
  • Serve as a side for Kari Koko or grilled fish (Pwason griye).

Ladob Dessert

  • In a POT, add bananas, coconut milk, Ladob spices, and salt & sugar to taste.
  • Cover. Cook 10 minutes over medium heat.
  • Change the heat to low heat and continue to cook until the bananas are soft.
  • Enjoy!
Keyword cinnamon, nutmeg
Seychellois Pwason Griye

Seychellois Pwason Griye

Seychellois Pwason Griye

Seychellois Pwason Griye

Grilled fish, “Pwason Griye”, is the most popular fish dish on the Seychelles Islands, right after octopus coconut curry. The whole fish is grilled and served at the beach when family and friends come together on Sundays. Garlic, ginger, and chili peppers are key ingredients in its seasoning. Serve it with a tropical tamarind-tomato chutney.
Cuisine Seychellois
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 1 whole red snapper cleaned and scaled, 2 lbs
  • 1 cup finely chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro or parsley
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1 inch ginger grated
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 1-2 lime or lemon
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Optional

  • 1-4 red chili finely chopped

Suggested Sides

  • cooked rice
  • fresh salad of your choice

Culinary Spice Kit

  • Pouch [1] tamarind, garlic, ginger, black pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves
  • Pouch [2] cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, thyme, coriander, white pepper

Instructions
 

Chutney

  • In a small POT, heat 1 tbsp oil.
  • Add onions and sugar.
  • Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes. Stir frequently.
  • Add tomatoes, salt to taste, and Pwason Griye [1] spices.
  • Cook over slow heat for about 15 minutes to thicken the sauce.
  • Let cool.

Paste

  • In a BOWL, mix garlic, ginger, herbs, Pwason Griye [2] spices, and 1 tbsp oil.
  • Add chili (optional) and salt to taste. Mix well.
  • To prepare the fish, cut 3-inch-long parallel deep slits on each side of the fish, each about 1 inch apart.
  • Season the fish with salt and fill the slits with the paste.
  • Rub all sides of the fish with oil.
  • Grill the fish over medium heat for about 20 minutes until it’s cooked. Turn the fish halfway.

Serve 

  • Sprinkle plated fish with lime juice.
  • Serve it with rice, chutney, and salad.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

▪ Substitute red snapper with halibut or sea bass.
▪ Substitute the whole fish with 1 lb fish filet, marinated in the paste for 1 hour.
 
Keyword cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, tamarind, thyme, white pepper