Ras El Hanout (spices) means something like top shelf or first class so these spices will turn your plain food into a lovely dish one would get served during dinner in an Arabic fairy tale. This should be on your to do list today! A lovely and healthy but creamy Ras el Hanout Potatoes & Spinach dish is on the menu. Get into that spicy mood with me!
My parents told me that I was as a very loud and very active kid but somewhere down the road I became shy. So I befriended some kids that were a bit shy too. I never had friends of my own origin and I used to attract Moroccan friends. During play time when we felt hungry, we talked about the foods we ate at home and there were of course similarities and differences between our kitchens. Eating with our hands was known to both cultures and I always wondered how dinners at friend’s homes looked like. However, at that age, I never ate at a friend’s house. I became a vegetarian at 10 and I wasn’t allowed to eat anywhere except at home. Frankly that was the only way I knew. We never ate in restaurants or diners and we always had home cooked dinners.
Still, today I got inspired by the memories of my childhood classmates and friends. One of the spice mixes Moroccan people use in their kitchen is Ras el hanout. A beautiful mix of spices such as nutmeg, cumin and ginger. Ras El Hanout means ‘head of the shop’ and it is called like that because the mix contains the best spices a spice shop can offer. Ras El Hanout can be compared to Indian Masala mixes and has similar ingredients. It is such a great mix to give very plain dishes a delicious, spicy and an extraordinary upgrade!
I have been craving potatoes lately and this time I have a great recipe of potatoes with spinach, coconut milk and delicious Ras el Hanout spices. Served with some vegan fish fingers, this is another comforting evening meal. The dish is easy but you don’t have to settle for less than tasty. I have baked the potatoes first. After that, I have added all spices and frozen spinach, which is great because of its fine structure and with some creaminess, it will turn into a spinach sauce. Add some coconut milk and sprinkle some lemon juice, poppy seeds and toasted sesame on top after cooking and you have a healthy, wholesome, North African inspired dish. Read on for the recipe and enjoy that Ras el Hanout dinner 🙂