Hawaij - Traditional Spice Mix from Yemen.

READY IN: 7mins
Recipe by Um Safia

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

Top Review by COOKGIRl

Outstanding spice mixture which we used as a dry rub for cut up chicken. My husband slow roasted the chicken for 2 hours @ 325 then switched to broil and cooked each side 5 minutes for crispy skin. The chicken tasted like it had been grilled outdoors. Delicious! The best part is there was no salt added to either the chicken or the rub but it tasted like it did. Served with simple sidedishes of quinoa, fresh local green beans, corn on the cob; and a fruit platter with plain yogurt, orange blossom water and honey. We'll be enjoying the leftovers for dinner tonight. Thank you!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Put everything except the turmeric into a frying pan & dry fry (no oil required) for a couple of minutes.
  2. 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.

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