Monday, September 29, 2014

Hawaij/Yemeni Spice Mix ~~ Yemeni Cuisine

As like 'Q, W and X', the alphabet 'Y' dont have that much option when its comes to a Country name starting with alphabets and obviously i sticked with Yemeni Cuisine as am running a whole month of blogging marathon with Around the World in 30days as theme..Its wonderful to know that this cuisine is influenced very much by Indians as well, obviously most of the Indian spices are used in this cuisine.

Yemen has 2 major regions: North and South Yemen, which used to be different states until the end of the 20th century. The traditions and the cultural habits are similar in the 2 regions of Yemen and the cuisine seems to be unique and general. Because it is mostly a rural country, the agriculture occupies the wide territories, filled with Wheat, coffee and the local qat.The most traditional dish is the saltah. Saltah is a soup like stew where vegetables and meat are removed from the cooking liquid and served separately. The soup is then served with a sauce made from ground fenugreek called Helbah. It is served with lunch and is considered the national dish of Yemen. *

The most important feature of the Yemeni cuisine is the fact that it is very spicy and the hot taste is the most frequent one. There is a wide range of such sauces and dressings, used to spice up the meat or the salads. Since cereals are grown in the country, Yemen people also make their own traditional bread, called the mellawach, which is served with a spicy hot sauce that contains many spices, called the zahaug. Zahaug (zahaug is salsa in which we call it in the west) is also put on grilled meat, besides the hilbeh (hilbah is another name for saltah), fenugreek or coriander paste. The Yemen cuisine includes Lebanese and Indian aliments and spices and also the Arabic general rules, Egyptian and Persian tastes, in a unique combination and authentic cuisine. Yemeni cuisine is extremely popular among the Arab States of the Persian Gulf

Yemeni Spice Mix,Hawaij, Yemeni Vegan Spice Powder

While searching for a simple recipe from this cuisine, i saw this spice mix and got completely hooked to it. This Hawaij, the popular Yemeni spice mix is quite used in most of the Yemeni dishes.This flavourful spice mix is very much needed to flavor the meat dishes and broths there. Even though this spice mix is easily available in market in Yemen, this mix can be prepared easily at home. But trust me,freshly grounded spice mix will be much more strong in flavor when compared to the store bought ones.Even i tried adding this spice mix for making a quick rice, and the rice came out simply awesome with a beautiful flavor.

Recipe source: Queen of Sheba

1/3cup Coriander seeds
1/3cup Cumin seeds
1/4cup Black peppercorns
2tbsp green cardamom pods
5nos Cloves
2nos Cinnamon sticks
1 tbsp Turmeric powder

Place all of the whole spices (except turmeric) into a frying pan, roast on medium heat for 2-3minutes. Dont burn the spices.

Once the spices  gets cool, place them into a coffee grinder or a spice grinder.

You could also use a mortar and pestle. Grind until smooth.

Sieve the mixture to remove the large pieces.

Then mix in the turmeric.

Store in a glass jar or wrap in plastic bags to give as a gifts.


MySpicyKitchen said... Reply To This Comment

The spices used are common spices in every Indian kitchen. I am sure the spice was flavorful. Nice spice mix for Yemen.

Varada's Kitchen said... Reply To This Comment

Very useful spice mix. Should add a lot of flavor

vaishali sabnani said... Reply To This Comment

It is interesting to use different spice mixes in your curries and rice..the flavour changes with different spices.

Julie said... Reply To This Comment

interesting one!

chow and chatter said... Reply To This Comment

fun to learn about other cuisines

Harini R said... Reply To This Comment

Sounds like a flavorful spice!

prethika said... Reply To This Comment

bookmark worth recipe..yemeni spice mix looks to be easily made at home

great-secret-of-life said... Reply To This Comment

interesting spice mix it almost looks like Indian spice mix

nandoos kitchen said... Reply To This Comment

very interesting post dear

Mayuri Patel said... Reply To This Comment

the spice sounds interesting and easy to make as all the ingredients are readily available in an Indian kitchen. Going to make some so I add a different flavour to my daily sabji and dals.

Suma Gandlur said... Reply To This Comment

That must be flavorful and it almost sounds like an Indian spice mix.

Srivalli said... Reply To This Comment

I always love to try all the spice blends..this one looks so good...bookmarking!

Joanne T Ferguson said... Reply To This Comment

G'day What a great Spice blend indeed Priya! Cheers Joanne @ What's On The List

Pavani said... Reply To This Comment

That is a very flavorful Yemeni spice powder.

Padmajha said... Reply To This Comment

Nice spice mix Priya. I am sure they will add an extra dimension to the regular soups / curries

Unknown said... Reply To This Comment

Very flavorful spice mix..

Unknown said... Reply To This Comment

Very flavorful and aromatic spice pd :) sure they will a lot of flavor to curries :)

Gayathri Kumar said... Reply To This Comment

What a flavourful spice mix. I think most of us did dishes from Queen of Sheeba's website..

Chef Mireille said... Reply To This Comment

guess this spice mix is why I love the food so much at my local Yemeni restaurant

cookingwithsapana said... Reply To This Comment

Flavorful spice mix, surely a keeper recipe.