Hawaij Spice Guide

Hawaij Spice Guide from This Healthy Table. Hawaij (also known as Hawayej, Hawaj, and Hawayij) means "mixture" in Arabic. It's a spice blend with primarily cumin and black pepper and often contains cardamom, coriander, turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.

Hawaij Spice Blend

Hawaij (also known as Hawayej, Hawaj, and Hawayij) means "mixture" in Arabic. It's a spice blend with primarily cumin and black pepper and often contains cardamom, coriander, turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. There are two primary blends of hawaij - one for savory dishes and one used in coffee and desserts. Recipes for both blends are below. 

Hawaij is primarily used in Yemeni and Israeli cuisine. The savory mixture is often used in soups, curry dishes, and rubs on meat. The mixture for coffee and desserts can be used in cakes and other baked goods. Examples of recipes using hawaij can be found below. 

 Instant Pot Hawaij Spiced Chicken with Zhug from The Daley Plate

Instant Pot Hawaij Spiced Chicken with Zhug from The Daley Plate

 Carrot Cake with Hawaij and Tahini Caramel Frosting from my name is yeh

Carrot Cake with Hawaij and Tahini Caramel Frosting from my name is yeh

Hawaij Spice Blend Recipe

Yield: 3/4 cup

Hawaij Spice Blend (for savory dishes)

This hawaij spice blend can be used in savory dishes - like soups, curries, and as a rub on meat.

prep time: 5 minscook time: 10 minstotal time: 15 mins

ingredients

  • 1/4 cup cumin seeds

  • 1/4 cup whole black peppercorns

  • 3 tablespoons turmeric 

  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander seeds

  • 1 tablespoon green cardamom pods

  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves

instructions

  1. Heat a small frying pan over low heat. 
  2. Combine all the spices in the pan and stir to combine. Let toast for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally
  3. Grind the toasted spices in a spice mill or with a mortar and pestle. 
  4. Save in an airtight container for up to a month. 

Where to Buy Hawaij

You can buy hawaij online from World Spice Merchants or Amazon

Alternatives for Hawaij 

If you can't find hawaij or don't have all the ingredients to make the hawaij spice blend, you can use a mixture of equal parts black pepper and cumin. 


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