Tabil, pronounced “table,” is a word in Tunisian Arabic meaning seasoning that once referred to ground coriander, this blend’s main ingredient. Tabil is used together with
harissa to season stews with meat, chicken, fish, or preserved lamb. On its own, it seasons cooked vegetable salads and stuffings for vegetables.
1Combine coriander seed, garlic, caraway seed, and crushed red pepper flakes and grind. Spread out onto a baking tray and dry in a low oven (200°F) for about 1 hour. Cool, then grind again to a fine powder. Add Ras el Hanout (optional). Store in an airtight jar up to 4 months.
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