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Hawaij Spice Mix for Soup

There are two completely different Hawaij spice mixtures, both hailing from Yemenite cuisine: one for soup and one for coffee. The soup mixture is used also in stews, curry-style dishes, rice and vegetable dishes, and even as a barbecue rub. Basically, it consists of cumin, black pepper, turmeric and cardamom. More elaborate versions may also contain cloves, caraway, nutmeg, saffron, coriander and ground dried onions.

  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cardamom

  • 1/2 tablespoon ground caraway

  • 3/4 tablespoon ground turmeric

  • 1/2 tablespoon ground coriander seeds

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1/2 tablespoon ground dried coriander leaves

Mix all the ingredients and keep in an airtight jar.

photo: Dania Weiner

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