Hawaij Spice Recipe (Yemeni Spice Blend)

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This Yemeni spice blend is a traditional addition to chicken soup. It’s also a great all-purpose warm spice mix. Use as a rub and smear liberally on chicken, lamb, or beef one hour before cooking. If you can find fresh turmeric root, grab it and give it a try in this mix.


hawaij spice recipe

  • ¼ cup ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon ground cardamom
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • ¼ cup freshly ground black pepper


  1. Toast the cumin, turmeric, cardamom, and coriander In a cast-iron or heavy-bottomed skillet over low heat, stirring constantly, for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in the pepper.
  3. Store in a tightly-sealed container at room temperature for up to 1 month.

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