ras el hanout

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ras el hanout

also ras al hanout  (räs′ əl hə-no͞ot′)
n.
An aromatic Maghrebi spice blend containing a great variety of ingredients, including dried rose petals and often cardamom or turmeric.

[Arabic ra's al-ḥānūt, literally, head of the shop (because the blend contains the best that a spice shop has to offer) : ra's, head; see rʔš in Semitic roots + al-, the + ḥānūt, shop (from Aramaic ḥānūtā, arched chamber, cell, shop, from ḥənā, to bend; see x̣ny in Semitic roots).]
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Flavors of the Middle East: Spiced and Aromatic Recipes from the Ancient Lands is a recommendation for readers new to Middle Eastern foods and culture, and provides a pairing of lovely color photos with recipes for such traditional dishes and ingredients as Lemons Preserved in Salt, Lamb and Apricot Tagine with Ras el Hanut spice, and Fish Cakes with Apricots, Sunflower Seeds and Cinnamon.