Sunday, June 16, 2013

Hawayij : recipe of a protective spice blend of Saudi Arabia

Many observers believe that the Hawayij blend of Saudi Arabia in traditional diets has health

benefits :

Ingredients :
• 2 Tablespoons black pepper - Piper nigrum -
• 1 Tablespoon caraway seed - Carum carvi -
• ½ teaspoon cardamom seed - These are of the genus Elettaria , commonly called cardamom, green cardamom, or true cardamom, distributed from India to Malaysia or of the genus Amomum commonly known as black or brown cardamom, kravan, Java cardamom, Siamese cardamom, white cardamom, or red cardamom and distributed mainly in Asia and Australia -
• 1 teaspoon saffron threads - spice derived from the flower of Crocus sativus native to Greece or South West Asia -
• 1 teaspoon turmeric - Curcuma longa native to tropical South Asia -

Recipe :
Black pepper, caraway and cardamom seeds are toasted and stirred over high heat for 2–3 minutes with a wooden spoon and ground in a mortar to a powder. Then the dried slices of Curcuma longa are ground and added with the saffron threads to the mortar and mixed. Read more on the role of spices in the Saudi Arabian cuisine :

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