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Hawaij/All-Purpose Seasoning

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"This is inspired by a recipe for traditional Hawaij. A great and simple blend of spices that has become one of our favorite general seasonings. I use this as a rub for chicken a lot, but it is also a great seasoning for rice, fish, pork, even shrimp and mixed veggies."
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5 m servings 4
Original recipe yields 36 servings


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  1. Whisk pepper, cumin, turmeric, cardamom, sumac, and salt together in a bowl. Store in a container with a lid in a dark place for up to 6 months.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Salt can be omitted. The ground sumac really adds an additional layer of flavor to this mix. Cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes can easily be added if a little heat is desired.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 4 calories; 0.1 0.7 0.2 0 14 Full nutrition

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Great! Enjoyed it very much. It filled the house with such a fragrance that even the neighbors were curious of what I was making. Thank you for the recipe!

Simple and wonderful. Didn't have sumac so I used lemon pepper and cut back on the pepper a tad.

Sumac? - the only sumac I am familiar with is growing out in my back yard with the red cones flowers, I thought it was poisonous. Oh no, i didn't know that photo was going to show up and i can'...