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Somali Xawaash spice blend

Somali Xawaash spice blend

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Xawaash (pronounced Ha-wash) comes from the Arabic word hawaij, which is used to describe Yemeni spice blends. Xawaash features in just about every Somali dish going. It’s like the garam masala of Somalia, and the mix of flavours is truly the flavour of the Indian Ocean. Use this seasoning in your curry, stews or even in your bolognese.


Turmeric, Fenugreek, Cumin, Cloves, Black Pepper

Quick-fire Bariis iskukaris recipe

Similar to a chicken biriyani, use the Somali Xawaash spice blend to make Bariis iskukaris which is a delicious, traditional Somali 1-pot dish, that is not only gorgeous but also easy to make! Takes 10 minutes to prepare and 45 minutes to cook.

You can use our BIG BANG! Xawaash spice blend to speed things up. Just swap out the cinnamon, cumin seeds, turmeric and cumin powder and add 2 teaspoons of the Xawaash spice blend instead! Easy made super easy. 

Check out this step-by-step guide to cooking Bariis iskukaris




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