One of the things I like most about Sephardic food is the enveloping aroma of warm spices that just screams comfort food. It’s like a cure for everything from physical to mental.
Besides the Jewish-Lebanese-Syrian food we ate at home, we were exposed to a variety of different Sephardic cuisines. The first time we tasted a Yemenite soup was 7 years ago, and we still remember the warming comforting spiced broth, that we could not get enough of.
Yemenite soup is typically made with Hawaij, a spice mix that combines black pepper, cumin, cardamom, cloves, turmeric and coriander. For the Yemenite Vegetarian soup we made today, we used a mixture of turmeric, cumin, coriander and black pepper. We added a whole bunch of veggies and some enoki mushrooms for texture. The result is a warming,comforting and satisfying soup perfect for any occasion.
If you have a particular spice you love, or feel like getting creative, you can absolutely play around with the basic Hawaij and make it your own!