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How To Make Hawaij

Updated: May 5, 2022

People have been asking me about this spice blend from my previous Shurbah Baydah recipe. So, here it is. And I totally agree that this spice blend deserves a standalone post. You can use this for any type of meat or stew. I'm not sure if I should say this, but this is like the Yemeni garam masala.

As I went deeper down the rabbit hole, there is another type of Hawaij that Yemeni used for their beverages. Yes! I was just as mindblown as you are! To be honest, I don't think I can go back to pumpkin spice cos this is 10x better! Don't believe it? Give it a shot and thank me later. Well, of cos, I'd included both spice blends below (I got you covered, as always).


Ingredients For Savory:

(Make 1/2 Cup)

  • Black Peppercorns Preferably Hexa, 3 TBSP

  • Cumin Seeds, 2 TBSP

  • Coriander, 2 TBSP

  • Green Cardamoms, 1 TBSP

  • Cloves, 1 TBSP

  • Turmeric Powder Homemade, 2 TBSP



  • Cast Iron Skillet / Pan

  • Spice Grinder



  1. Please visit my "How To Make Turmeric Powder" page for the recipe.

  2. Add everything, except for the turmeric powder, into a skillet over medium heat.

  3. Toast lightly until aromatic.

  4. Transfer into a spice grinder.

  5. Blitz until powder forms.

  6. Add in turmeric powder.

  7. Give it a few pulses to combine well.

  8. Transfer into a sterilized mason jar.

  9. Cover tightly and store in a dry cool place. I like to keep the spices in the freezer.


Ingredients For Sweet:

(Make 1/4 Cup)

  • Ginger Powder, 1 TBSP

  • Green Cardamon Ground, 1 TBSP

  • Nutmeg Freshly Grated, Pinch

  • Mace Ground, Pinch

  • Cloves Ground, 1 TBSP

  • Cinnamon Ground Preferably Hexa, 1 TBSP



  1. Mix everything together until well combined.

  2. Transfer into a sterilized mason jar.

  3. Cover tightly and store in a dry cool place. I like to keep the spices in the freezer.

  4. Use this spice blend for your coffee or tea. I used 2 parts coffee and 1 part hawaij ratio.

Of cos, with a little help from Hexa...

Trust me, this tastes better than pumpkin spiced latte...


Recipe Video:

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