Hawaij -- Hawayej -- Hawaiege -- Yemeni Spice Mixture

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 0 mins

There’s a history lesson in this spice blend: Yemen and India were stops on the ancient trade route, so this turmeric-based mix bears a resemblance to some Indian masalas. Hawaij is used extensively by Yemenite Jews in Israel and its use has spread more widely into Israeli cuisine as a result. The basic mixture for soup is also used in stews, curry-style dishes, rice and vegetables dishes and even as a barbecue rub.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Finely grind peppercorns and seeds in grinder, then transfer to a bowl and stir in turmeric.
  2. Keeps for a month, covered in a cool place.
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I first tried this in meatballs but preferred it better the second try as a wet rub for skinless, boneless chicken thighs! Yum! Used fresh turmeric, too! Thanks!

COOKGIRl March 08, 2012