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Hawaij - Traditional Spice Mix from Yemen
From: Um Safia

Hawaij is essential to the cuisine of Yemen - use it liberally as a rub for vegetables. Try it sprinkled into soups, stews, sauces, and rice to liven the flavours up a bit!

1 1/2 cups

  • 6 1/2 tablespoons black peppercorns
  • 1/4 cup cumin seed
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons coriander seeds
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons green cardamom pods
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons whole cloves
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons ground turmeric

Put everything except the turmeric into a frying pan & dry fry (no oil required) for a couple of minutes.

Allow to cool, grind using a spice / coffee grinder or mortar & pestle. Add the turmer, mix well & store in an container in a cool, dark place.