Hawaij Spice Blend - Savour the
Flavours of Yemeni Cuisine

Travel to Yemen and you may get to enjoy food delicately spiced with the hawaij blend. This traditional recipe is a combination of spices with many regional variations. Some are basic, some more elaborate, but all are excellent when added to soups, stews, lentil and rice dishes. There is even a lighter version which is often added to coffee, desserts and pastries. (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)

What You'll Need: (makes about 6 tablespoons)

2 tbsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp black peppercorns
2 tbsp green cardamom pods
1 tbsp coriander seeds
2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp saffron strands (optional)

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Grind the cardamom pods, peppercorns, cumin and coriander seeds
  • Once ground sieve into a bowl
  • Add the turmeric powder to the bowl and combine
  • Finally, and if using, crumble in the saffron strands and combine again

Store your hawaij in a cool place in an airtight jar out of direct sunlight and. Use within 3 months.

Note: If you used whole ingredients, you can dry toast the coriander and cumin seeds, peppercorns and cardamom pods prior to grinding and combining. This will release even more flavours and aromas to your recipe. Read more on toasting and grinding. (Link opens in new window)

Ingredient Note:
Except for turmeric, the recipe uses whole ingredients. But if you don't have them all, or just some of them, you can use pre-ground powders. If you do, reduce the amount you use by half. So instead of 2 tablespoons of cumin seeds you use 1 tablespoon of pre-ground cumin. Reduce any others you don't have whole by half as well and stir in with any powders when making.

HawaijHomemade Hawaej

A Step-by-Step Instructional Video

Here's a video of how I made a version of the above hawaij powder. The ingredients may be slightly different but the process is exactly the same. If you enjoyed it, you can click the subscribe button in the bottom right corner in the video, OR click the subscribe link below the video...

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