What is Hawaij Spice?
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.
Recipes Using Hawaij
Hawaij is such an interesting spice blend because it can be used in both savory and sweet dishes. If you’re looking for a creative way to use hawaij spice, check out these excellent recipes:
Carrot Cake with Hawaij and Tahini Caramel Frosting from My Name is Yeh