Hawaij Yemeni Spice blend Middle eastern Spices.

This Yemeni spice mix, also known as “Hawaij,” is warm, fragrant and slightly peppery. This Middle Eastern spice mix is perfect for soups, chicken and rice, kebabs, curry dishes, or any Middle Eastern dish. With this Hawaij spice you can create Middle Eastern dishes at home that are as flavorful as the dishes at your favorite Middle Eastern restaurant! This seasoning is perfect for slow cooker chicken and chickpeas. Have fun with it on different dishes and enjoy!

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Hawaij Middle Eastern seasoning spice blend

This spice blend is perfect to keep on hand for your favorite middle eastern dishes. This spice blend can be used on chicken, fried rice, lamb, beef and more!
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Course Spice
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 Tablespoons


  • 1 tablespoon turmeric powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1/3 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika


  • Gather the spices listed above and measure each one carefully. Place each spice in a small bowl then stir to combine. Store in a sandwich bag or an air tight spice container for up to 6 months.
Keyword Hawaij, Middle eastern, spice blend, Mediterranean spice
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Equipment needed for this Yemeni spice blend:

  • Mixing bowl A small mixing bowl is needed to combine the spices needed for this Yemeni Spice Blend. I prefer to use a small serving bowl or a stainless steel bowl that is dish washer friendly for mixing up the spices in.
  • Measuring spoons Measuring spoons are good to have on hand for measuring out all the spices needed for this middle eastern spice blend.
  • Zip-lock bags If you do not have spice containers on hand, you can store this Yemeni spice blend in a small zip-lock bag. Be sure to seal the bag tightly, then the spice can be stored for a long time.
  • Spice container A spice container is nice to have for storing this Yemeni spice blend in. I like to have a spice container simply because it makes seasoning chicken, lamb and other dishes much easier.

Recipes to try this Yemeni Spice blend with:

Use to season chicken along with salt and pepper, then bake or fry the chicken and serve with cooked rice. You can also use this spice blend on the chicken in Middle Eastern chicken and rice dinner (instead of the seasoning mixture listed in the recipe) or in my personal favorite, Slow cooker Moroccan chicken. Try adding Iraqi Naan Bread to your meal for the full Middle Eastern experience! See below for photos and anecdote on this seasoning.

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Instructions: Gather the spices listed above and measure each one carefully. Place each spice in a small bowl then stir to combine. Store in a sandwich bag or an air tight spice container for up to 6 months.

Yemeni Spice Blend (Hawaij).

Recently my husband and I got to visit a neighboring city and spied a small Middle Eastern shop and Restaurant while driving to our destination. After finding a parking spot we struck out and ended up walking about a mile to find the shop again. All that walking was well worth it, because we found a treasure trove of middle eastern foods, sweets and spices inside. I purchased a Yemeni seasoning on a whim and then when I tried it out at home I was very excited to find a seasoning that really brings out those Middle Eastern flavors I miss so much from my time overseas. Luckily for us, the seasoning package had all the spices listed in the ingredients. After some trial and error I was able to come up with a close replicate for you all to try, Enjoy!

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