Hawayij Spice Blend - Recreate the
Flavours and Aromas of Yemeni Cuisine

This is hawayij (hawaij), a simple combination of 6 spices that you'll find in Yemeni cooking. If you're lucky enough to be travelling in the Yemen, you'll find many regional variations ranging from the simple, like the one below, to more complex versions that are used in coffee and pastries.  (See the bottom of the page for other recipes)

Note: If you don't have all whole ingredients you can use pre-ground powders. In that case, just reduce the amounts by half. So instead of 1 tablespoon of coriander seeds you use 2 teaspoons of pre-ground coriander. Reduce any others you don't have whole by half as well.

Homemade Hawayij Recipe

What You'll Need: (makes about 8 tablespoons)

3 tbsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp green cardamom pods
1 tbsp black peppercorns
1 tbsp coriander seeds
2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp grated nutmeg

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Extract the seeds from the cardamom pods and discard the husks
  • Grind the cardamom along with the cumin, peppercorns and coriander
  • Sieve into a bowl
  • Add the nutmeg and turmeric and combine

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

Note: You can dry toast the cumin, coriander and peppercorns prior to cooling and grinding.

The heat from the toasting releases the most fabulous flavours and aromas. Read more about this recommended cooking technique. (Link opens in new window)

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