Each time I host a Moroccan-themed party, my guests ask me if I have a secret and authentic Moroccan spice blend recipe they can use to cook Moroccan tagines. Well, guess what? I do have that Moroccan seasoning recipe and my friends and brothers loved it so much that I decided to share it here with you
I learned to make that Moroccan spice mix in my teen years in Morocco. It’s the perfect Moroccan spice blend recipe when you don’t have time or want to make sure you always have all the spices required to season a traditional Moroccan tagine. It’s also the perfect spice mix to season any of your chicken-based dishes.
Spices are Moroccan cuisine basics. Moroccan cuisine doesn’t use a lot of fancy ingredients, in fact, its philosophy is even the opposite. It brings the best out of simple ingredients by using the right aromatics and spice mixes.
One of Morocco’s most loved dishes is the Couscous with 7 vegetables, a dish made with semolina and vegetables leftovers. When looking at the ingredients, this dish can look basic and uninteresting but the use of definite spices and aromatics makes the biggest difference. When cooking, vegetables soak in delicious flavors creating one of the most hearty dishes you can have.
Moroccan cuisine also loves fragrant spices. The first time I left Morocco for France and started cooking there, I couldn’t figure out why my dishes were not as fragrant and hearty as usual. Then it hit me. I was using frozen, processed ingredients and I grabbed my spices from random deli shops.
Whereas Moroccan cuisine thrives on fresh ingredients.
Still now, whenever I visit my family in Morocco, I see how fresh ingredients are, especially the spices. My mother still prepares her own spices by roasting the grains and grinding them herself. It takes a little time but the result is soo worth it!
So I try to make my own spices as often as possible. When I am busy, I make sure I get good quality spices from my local supermarket. Good quality spices are those that are 100% natural, that have a strong fragrance, and that have been ground only a few months ago.
Moroccan Spice Blend Recipe
Moroccan spices are not mixed randomly. Moroccans know what combinations work. Chicken loves ginger, for example, and chickpeas thrive on cumin.
The authentic Moroccan spice mix I will share with you combines all the spices used for making traditional Moroccan chicken tagines. It is super easy to make and uses simple spices that you probably already have in your kitchen. If you don’t, you will find them at any local market, just make sure they are a minimum fresh, otherwise, you will need to use more quantities.
I prefer to not add salt to this Moroccan spice blend. Adding salt separately when cooking avoids oversalting and ruining your dish.
I also prefer to use fresh garlic as it gives a better taste, but if you prefer, you can add garlic powder to this spice mix as I will share with you below.
This Moroccan spice blend can be used as a tagine spice mix to cook the traditional Moroccan chicken tagine. You can also add it to any of your chicken-based recipes. You will love it I promise! Just add one to two tablespoons to your tagines and chicken dishes, and magic will happen!
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Moroccan Spice Blend Recipe | Moroccan Seasoning
- 4 tbsp ginger powder
- 2 tbsp black pepper powder
- 3 tbsp turmeric powder
- 1 tbsp garlic powder optional
- 1 tbsp coriander powder
- 1/2 tbsp cinnamon powder
- Mix all the spices in a bowl. Make sure the bowl is perfectly dry otherwise, the Moroccan spice mix can mold
- Store in an air-proof glass jar up to 4 months
simple and tasteful
This is what I needed to spice up my dishes a little bit. Thanks so much!
love love love!
I just made this spice blend and my family really loves it! it’s easy to make and makes so much of a difference in my chicken stews.
I made this Moroccan spice mix yesterday and used it to season my roasted potatoes and chicken cubes. I added salt and used fresh garlic as Safa recommends. It was delicious!
is garlic powder mandatory?
I don’t like the garlic taste, is it mandatory?
Response from Moroccan Zest
Hi, I would say no, especially if you use a little bit of fresh onion with your dish. Garlic (or onion) helps get rid of the strong smell of chicken. xx
this spice blend will change the way you cook, believe me! So So So tasteful. Thank you!