Hawaij (Yemeni spice mix)

    5 min

    An all-purpose spice mix inspired by a recipe I got for traditional Hawaij, which is from Yemen and also popular in Israel. A simple blend of spices that has become one of our favourite seasonings. I use this as a rub for chicken a lot, but it is also great for rice, fish, pork, prawns and mixed veggies.

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    Makes: 10 tablespoons hawaij

    • 3 tablespoons coarsely ground black pepper
    • 3 tablespoons ground cumin
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons turmeric
    • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
    • 1 teaspoon sumac
    • 1/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt (optional)

    Prep:5min  ›  Ready in:5min 

    1. Combine pepper, cumin, turmeric, cardamom, sumac and salt together in a bowl. Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

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    Great! Enjoyed it very much. It filled the house with such a fragrance that even the neighbors were curious of what I was making. Thank you for the recipe!  -  28 Feb 2015  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Simple and wonderful. Didn't have sumac so I used lemon pepper and cut back on the pepper a tad.  -  26 Jan 2014  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Sumac? - the only sumac I am familiar with is growing out in my back yard with the red cones flowers, I thought it was poisonous. Oh no, i didn't know that photo was going to show up and i can't get rid of it- hope no one eats it.  -  13 Oct 2014  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)