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!
Prep time: 10 min.
Yield: Around 4 tablespoons
- 1 tablespoon turmeric powder
- 1 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon ground coriander
- 1/3 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 1/4 teaspoon Allspice
- 1/8 teaspoon paprika
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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.
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. Try adding Iraqi Naan Bread for the full Middle Eastern experience! See below for photos and anecdote on this seasoning!
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 much trial and error I was able to come up with a close replicate for you all to try!