Xawaash (Somali Spice Mix) Mélange d’épices Somali حوائج – بهارات صومالية

Xawaash – Somali Spice Mix (Xawaash) Xawaash – Mélange d’épices Somali حوائج – بهارات صومالية

Xawaash – Somali Spice Mix

www.xawaash.com

Xawaash (pronounced Hawash) comes from the Arabic word Hawa’ij (حوائج). Hawa’ij can be translated as ‘requirements’ or ‘essentials’. For example, there are the essentials accompaniments for Arabic coffee, Hawa’ij al-Qahwa (حوائج القهوة). The Hawa’ij spice mix is believed to have originated in Yemen.

In the southern regions of Somalia, Xawaash refers to the spice mix that is added to savoury dishes: meats, stews, soups, etc. However, in the northern parts of Somalia, Xawaash is used in a broader sense and it refers to any spice mix, even the spices that are added to tea and coffee.

Keep in mind that the types of spices used and their proportions are not cast in stone. There are regional variations dictated by personal taste as well as the availability of certain spices.

The use of the aromatic Xawaash is what gives Somali food its unique character and flavour.

 

Print Recipe

Print Recipe with Photos

 

Ingredients:

(Tbsp is a tablespoon; tsp is a teaspoon)
(1 cup = 237 mL = 2.4 dl; 1 Tbsp = 15 mL; 1 tsp = 5 mL); all are level measurements

 

Xawaash Ingredients


 

Xawaash:

  • ½ cup Cumin seeds
  • ½ cup Coriander seeds
  • 2 Tbsp Black peppercorns
  • 1 Tbsp Cinnamon bark
  • 1 Tbsp Cardamom pods
  • 1 tsp Cloves (whole)
  • 2 Tbsp Turmeric powder

Directions:

Steps for preparing the spice mix

  1. Put all the spices, except the turmeric, in a pan set over medium heat.
  2. Toast and stir for about 4 to 5 minutes or until you smell the spices. Do not burn. It is better to under-toast rather than to over-toast.
  3. Cool down the toasted spices.
  4. Transfer to a spice grinder.
  5. Grind very well.
  6. Grind in batches.
  7. Sift then regrind any coarse spices.
  8. Add the turmeric powder.
  9. Store the spice mix in an airtight jar.

 

Using a mortar and pestle to grind the spice mix

  1. Place all the spices, except the turmeric, in the mortar
  2. Grind well with the pestle
  3. Grind in small batches
  4. Sift then regrind any coarse grains. Add the turmeric powder and store in an airtight jar.

 

Xawaash – Somali Spice Mix


 

Xawaash – Somali Spice Mix


 
These small jars of Xawaash will make unique wedding favours.
 

Xawaash – Somali Spice Mix


 

Xawaash – Somali Spice Mix


 

Xawaash – Somali Spice Mix


 

Xawaash – Somali Spice Mix


 

Xawaash – Somali Spice Mix


 

Xawaash

www.xawaash.com

 

Daabac Soo’da

Daabac Soo’da oo Sawirro Leh

 

Mukawinaadka:

(QW waa qaaddo weyn – midda cuntada lagu cuno; qy waa qaaddo yar)
(1 koob = 237 mL = 2.4 dl; 1 QW = 15 mL; 1 qy = 5 mL)

 

Mukawinaadka


 

Xawaash:

  • ½ koob Kaamuun
  • ½ koob Kabsaro
  • 2 QW Filfil madoow
  • 1 QW Qorfe
  • 1 QW Hayl
  • 1 qy Dhegayare / qurunful (dhan)
  • 2 QW Huruud shiidan

Diyaarinta:

Diyaarinta

  1. Bir dab dhexdhexaad ah saaran, ku-shub carafta (buhaaraadka), aan ka-ahayn huruudda.
  2. Dub 4 ilaa 5 daqiiqo ama ilaa ay kuusoo carfaan. Yaysan kaa gubanin. Wax yar in la saloolo waxay dhaantaa inaad wax badan saloolishid.
  3. Sug ilaa kulaylka uu ka-dhaco.
  4. Ku-shub makiinadda lagu shiido.
  5. Si-fiican u-shiid.
  6. Hadba xoogaa shiid.
  7. Shaq-shaq, kuuskuuska shiidid ku-celi.
  8. Huruudda ku-dar.
  9. Weel aan hawo galayn ku-shub.

 

  1. Carafta, aan ka ahayn huruudda, ku-shub mooyaha
  2. Si-fiican kasha ugu shiid
  3. Hadba xoogaa shiid
  4. Shaq-shaq, kuuskuuskana shiidid ku-celi. Huruudda ku-dar, kaddibna weel aan hawo galayn ku-shub

 

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Xawaash – Mélange d’épices Somali

www.xawaash.com

Xawaash (prononcé Hawash h aspiré) vient du mot arabe Hawa’ij (حوائج). Hawa’ij peut être traduit par “indispensables” ou “essentiels”. Par exemple, il y a les accompagnements indispensables du café arabe, Hawa’ij al-Qahwa (حوائج القهوة). Le mélange d’épices Hawa’ij serait originaire du Yémen.

Dans les régions méridionales de Somalie, Xawaash fait référence au mélange qui vient assaisonner des plats salés: viandes, ragoûts, soupes, etc. Cependant dans les régions du Nord de la Somalie, Xawaash a un sens plus large, il représente tous les mélanges d’épices même ceux qui sont ajoutés au thé et au café.

Notez bien que les différentes épices utilisées et leurs proportions ne sont pas immuables. Il existe des variations régionales qui reflètent les goûts de chacun ainsi que la disponibilité de certaines épices.

L’utilisation d’un Xawaash parfumé donne à la cuisine Somali son goût et son caractère uniques.

 

Imprimer la Recette

Imprimer la Recette avec Photos

 

Ingrédients:

(cs est cuillère à soupe; cc est cuillère à café)
(1 mesure = 237 mL = 2.4 dl; 1 cs = 15 mL; 1 cc = 5 mL); mesures à ras

 

Ingrédients du Xawaash


 

Xawaash:

  • ½ mesure de Graines de Cumin
  • ½ mesure de Graines de Coriandre
  • 2 cs de Poivre Noir en grains
  • 1 cs de Bâton de Cannelle
  • 1 cs de Gousses de Cardamome
  • 1 cc de Clous de Girofle
  • 2 cs de Curcuma en Poudre

Instructions:

Etapes de la préparation du mélange

  1. Mettre toutes les épices sauf le curcuma dans une poêle à feu moyen.
  2. Faire revenir en remuant pendant 4 à 5 minutes ou jusqu’à ce que les épices commencent à libérer leur parfum. Ne pas brûler.
  3. Laisser refroidir les épices grillées.
  4. Transférer les épices dans un moulin.
  5. Moudre très finement.
  6. Moudre en plusieurs fois.
  7. Tamiser et remoudre les épices les plus grossières.
  8. Ajouter la poudre de curcuma.
  9. Conserver les épices moulues dans un pot hermétique.

 

Moudre les épices avec un mortier et pilon

  1. Mettre toutes les épices sauf le curcuma dans le mortier
  2. Moudre avec le pilon
  3. Moudre de petites quantités
  4. Tamiser puis remoudre les plus gros grains. Ajouter le curcuma et conserver dans un pot hermétique.

 

Xawaash – Mélange d’épices Somali


 

Xawaash – Mélange d’épices Somali


 
Ces petits flacons de Xawaash feront des cadeaux de mariage uniques.
 

Xawaash – Mélange d’épices Somali


 

Xawaash – Mélange d’épices Somali


 

Xawaash – Mélange d’épices Somali


 

Xawaash – Mélange d’épices Somali


 

Xawaash – Mélange d’épices Somali


 

حوائج – بهارات صومالية

www.xawaash.com

اطبع الوصفة – بدون صور

اطبع الوصفة – مع صور

المقادير

 
كوب = 237 مل، ملعقة كبيرة = 15 مل، ملعقة صغيرة = 5 مل
 

المقادير


 

حوائج
كمون كوب ½
كزبرة حبوب كوب ½
فلفل اسمر ملعقة كبيرة 2
قرفة ملعقة كبيرة 1
هيل (حبهان) ملعقة كبيرة 1
(قرنفل( كامل ملعقة صغيرة 1
مسحوق الكركم (الهرد) ملعقة كبيرة 2

 

طريقة التحضير:

 

طريقة تحضير الحوائج

توضع كل البهارات ما عدى الكركم (الهرد) في مقلاة على نار متوسطة -1
تحمص لمدة 4 الى 5 دقائق او إاى تشم رائحة زكية. يراعى عدم تحميصهم لمدة طويلة. التحميص لفترة قصيرة افضل من حرق البهارات. -2
تترك حتى تبرد -3
توضع في مطحنة كهربائية -4
تطحن جيدا حتى تصبح ناعما -5
تطحن كميات قليلة -6
تنخل الحوائج ويعاد طحن المتبقي -7
يضاف الكركم -8
تحفظ الحوائج في وعاء محكم الأغلاق -9

 

توضع كل الحوائج ما عدى الكركم (الهرد) في مقلاة على نار متوسطة -1
تطحن بالهاون والمدق -2
تطحن كميات قليلة -3
تنخل الحوائج ويعاد طحن المتبقي ثم يضاف اليها الكركم وتخلط جيدا -4

 

حوائج – بهارات صومالية


 

حوائج – بهارات صومالية


 
حوائج – بهارات صومالية
 

حوائج – بهارات صومالية


 

حوائج – بهارات صومالية


 

حوائج – بهارات صومالية


 

حوائج – بهارات صومالية


 

حوائج – بهارات صومالية


 

 

 

 

 

 

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118 Responses to Xawaash (Somali Spice Mix) Mélange d’épices Somali حوائج – بهارات صومالية
  1. Waduka Abdou
    January 12, 2012 | 4:01 pm

    Thanks for coming up with this site. I am from Uganda I am surely going to try some of these recipes

    • A&L
      January 12, 2012 | 4:34 pm

      Thank you for visiting our site. We hope to post recipes that our brothers and sisters in Uganda will like.

  2. Ahmed Ali
    January 19, 2012 | 5:52 pm

    Thank you, This is a wonderful site to learn how to cook typical Somali cuisine.. I am wondering if you have a grocery store that I can purchase xawaash recipe,, Thank you once again for this marvelous course..

    • A&L
      January 20, 2012 | 11:06 am

      Thank you Ahmed. No we don’t sell anything. We want to get you into the kitchen to make delicious dishes! :)

      • Ahmed Ali
        January 22, 2012 | 5:26 pm

        Thanks brother/sister.. I am already in action at kitchen as I am fallowing your unique teaching method, due that result, I cooked already delicious dishes.. such as “Bariis isku Karis” . pasta and it’s sauce. and mixed vegetable dish.. All my diners were enjoyed the taste they got my cooking..But let me tell you, all this appreciation goes to you.. From now, I am trying to cook “Muffo Barvine” but I don’t have measurement tools that you use when preparing the ingredients.. I am really appreciate if you can guide me where I can found those kitchen aid tools.. such as.. serious cups, spoons, and measured jar glass.. I am living Toronto, could I possible found in Canadian Tire. ?? many thanks goes to you brother..

        • A&L
          January 22, 2012 | 8:41 pm

          You can find all the measuring cups, spoons and glass jar in many places, including at Canadian Tire. We’re happy the recipes worked for you.

          • Ahmed Ali
            January 23, 2012 | 3:16 am

            Thanks brother.. We are eager to see how to cook couscous, because I have had problem before and I am failed several time to cook non sticky couscous.. Many thanks goes to you.

  3. Shirwac Mohamed
    January 22, 2012 | 3:54 pm

    Excellent! I have been looking for a way to make a “Somali Spice Mix”. The best I could find in the stores are Indian spice mixes. Thank you very much. Any suggestions for Salad Dressing?

    • A&L
      January 22, 2012 | 4:08 pm

      We have already posted a recipe for Somali Salad. Please click on the RECIPES button and look for Somali Salad. There you will find the recipe for the dressing.

  4. ramazanali
    January 30, 2012 | 4:09 pm

    Salam Alaikum, Thanks for some real mouthwatering recipes from your ‘home’. I am definitely going to try out some of the easier ones first and also make the Somali version of the traditional ‘garam masala’ so common in east african and Asian cooking. Keep up the good work. God bless you.

    Wassalam.

    • A&L
      January 31, 2012 | 8:44 pm

      Thank you Ramzanali for your comment. We hope that you will find the recipes to your liking.

  5. selma ibrahim
    March 7, 2012 | 3:31 pm

    Assalamu aleikum, Thanx for these gorgeous recipees. Love the “maraq digaag with sabaayad”. Gonna try them ALL!!!

    • A&L
      March 7, 2012 | 9:03 pm

      Wa’aleikum Assalam. Thanks for the comment and we look forward to hearing how it all went. Good luck.

  6. Pattie
    March 14, 2012 | 3:09 pm

    I just saw your Liver & Onions recipe on youtube. This spice mix looks so good, and so does the recipe. I was looking for a good liver recipe that didn’t use any salt. (I’ll have to try and make a vegetable seasoning without salt) I can’t wait to try it, and I’m looking forward to browsing your website for more good recipes. (o:

    • A&L
      March 14, 2012 | 10:43 pm

      Thank you very much for your comment. We hope to post a recipe for vegetable seasoning.

  7. Nasra
    March 15, 2012 | 11:32 pm

    Love your website!!! Thanks so much.

    • A&L
      March 15, 2012 | 11:38 pm

      Thank you for the comment!

  8. halima
    March 16, 2012 | 6:16 am

    Can you convert the measurements for cornflower in this recipe into grams please? How many grams would I use?

    • A&L
      March 17, 2012 | 1:47 am

      We assume you are asking for the Halwa (Xalwo) recipe. You will need 65 grams of corn flour. We have added the grams and mL for all the ingredients in the recipe.

  9. fahmo
    March 27, 2012 | 6:23 am

    walaalayaal waad mahad santihiin sida aad noogu dadaalaysaan ilaahayna ajar ha idinka siiyo walaalayaal waxaan idinka cod san lahaa inaad na tustaan sida loo sameeyo kabaabka iyo inta nooc oo loo kala shiili karo mahad sanidiin

    • A&L
      March 28, 2012 | 9:21 pm

      Walaal Fahmo adigaa mahadda mudan. Waan soo gelin doonaa kabaabka iyo sida loo kala sameeyo.

  10. UMASMAA,
    March 31, 2012 | 2:34 am

    aslaamu alleeykum yalqaali mashallaah xarakaat mendar quruxbadan maashallaah caleeki aadaa ogu mahadsantihiin garbiskiina iyo fursadaha kaladuga aadnasiiseen wakumahadsantihiin zigniga iyo anjeeradiisa oonosoogiliseen walaal sual xawaashka heelka makabadinkaraa mise waiskadhafaa walaalahey qaaligoow shukran jazaakallaahu qeerakum

    • A&L
      March 31, 2012 | 11:31 pm

      Wacalaykum Assalaam Waraxmatullaahi Wabarakaatuhu,
      Xawaashka haylka waa ku badin kartaa haddaad jeceshahay. Bariiska markaan karsanayno haylka waan ku badinaa, laakiinse maraqa iyo hilibka haylka badan kuma fiicna.
      Aad ayaad ugu mahadsantahay su’aashaada iyo hadaladaada oo qaayaha leh.

  11. kaouther
    May 2, 2012 | 11:39 am

    Wonderful site with mouthwatering recipes. keep up the good work !

    • A&L
      May 3, 2012 | 12:54 am

      Thank you very much.

  12. xaliimasacdiya
    May 11, 2012 | 12:25 pm

    ASC walaalayaal, waxaan filayaa inaad reer soomaaliyeed tihiin. aad baan idiiku mahad celinayaa sida wanaagsan ee aad noo tusteen xawaashkaan quruxda badan, wallaahi webkaan magaca waa ku haboon yahay. illaahay ha idinka ajar siiyo adiga iyo saygaaga illaahay wax wanaagsan ha idinku arsaaqo insha alaah abaayo.

    • A&L
      May 11, 2012 | 10:54 pm

      Wacalaykum Assalaam Waraxmatullaahi Wabarakaatuhu,
      Cunooyinkeenna Soommaaliga ah waa cunno qiima leh, lakiin adduunweynaha si fiican looga aqoonin. Waad ku mahadsan tahay faalladaada iyo ducadaada fiican.

  13. L. Armstrong
    July 15, 2012 | 10:10 pm

    Thank you for your wonderful site. I have prepared and shared your Somali spice mix with several friends. For me, this food evokes many times shared with treasured Somali companions in a time when my country, Canada, seemed a kinder and more welcoming place. I hope and pray that we may share such times again someday but in your country, in peace and prosperity.

    • A&L
      July 15, 2012 | 11:13 pm

      Thank you for your comment. Governments come and governments go, but we found our fellow Canadians to be kind and decent people. We pray that Somalia will find the peace that has eluded her for more than two decades. We hope to welcome you there and extend to you the same compassion that we received.

  14. Hani
    July 24, 2012 | 10:09 am

    I not only like I LOVE your website I’ve been a follower of yours for soooo long but never had the time to comment, I always want to run and buy the ingredients to try the dishes out, I want to make the samosas now for ramadan, I recently got married and have been impressing the hubby with your recipes, I have always wanted to cook authentic somali dishes like odkac/muqmad, and was never able to until I came across your site your like the aunt and uncle of cooking somali dishes, I love and appreciate your joint effort, dedication, and the way you put everything so clear, and simple, great photos, and videos thanks again, may Allah reward you abundantly and ramadan kareem from my family :)

    • A&L
      July 24, 2012 | 6:10 pm

      Thank you so much for your wonderful comment. We feel touched. May God Almighty bless you and your family. Ramadan Karim to you all.

  15. Ayan Mohamoud
    July 25, 2012 | 7:47 pm

    I have just come across this site and I am smiling so much! As someone who is half Somali but grew up not knowing how to cook traditional food I am so excited to learn!

    Thank you!

    • A&L
      July 25, 2012 | 11:53 pm

      We are very happy that you found the website helpful. Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. Have a great day!

  16. CHRISTINE
    August 9, 2012 | 11:52 am

    IS XAWAASH THE SAME AS PILAU SPICES (MIX). JUST WONDERING, SEEMS VERY SIMILAR. BECAUSE I HAVE PILAU SPICES, IF ITS THE SAME THING, I DONT NEED TO GO AND PREPARE THE XAWAASH MIX. BY THE WAY AM FROM TANZANIA AND I LOVE YOUR WEBSITE, ITS THE BEST.

    • A&L
      August 9, 2012 | 11:53 pm

      Thank so much for your nice compliment. Even though pilau spice is different from xawaash, we believe that you can still substitute it for xawaash. The main difference we noticed is the absence of coriander seeds in the pilau mix.

  17. BARAKOW
    August 13, 2012 | 3:09 pm

    WAAAW MASHA ALLAHU WALAHI IT’S VERY WONDERFUL TO SEE THESE THINGS THANKS FOR THESE GUYS.

    • A&L
      August 13, 2012 | 11:13 pm

      Thank you very much for your comment. We are delighted that you liked Xawaash. Make sure you check for updates.

  18. Fatima
    September 7, 2012 | 3:20 pm

    MashAllah.. I love this website it help me a lot to cook for my husband.. specially the shumshumo and the halwo…thank you so much…

    • A&L
      September 7, 2012 | 9:04 pm

      You are most welcome. We are happy we could help. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

  19. Bisi
    September 10, 2012 | 2:48 pm

    Thanks for your recipes. They are quite detailed. God bless you. Is Xawaash(spice mix)available for sale in the international markets as I can not get some of the spices used in my locality or are there alternatives to Xawaash. Thanks

    • A&L
      September 10, 2012 | 11:11 pm

      As mentioned in the post, there are regional variations dictated by personal taste and the availability of certain spices. The main ingredients are cumin and coriander which are available in most places. Thank you for your comment and question.

  20. Gabadh
    September 27, 2012 | 11:35 pm

    Hallo Walaalo,

    im in love with your website, since i discover it i havent stop cooking and using the same recipe that reminds Djibouti. And my bf is in love also. tschüss und danke sehr für alles.

    • A&L
      September 28, 2012 | 8:03 pm

      Thank you very much for your lovely comment. We are happy that you like the recipes. Best wishes to the people of Djibouti.

  21. Abdirisaaq (Germal)
    October 27, 2012 | 8:08 pm

    maansha Allah!webkiina cuntada waa mid heersare ah.sidaa u sharaxaysiin lama gaari karo, qof aan weligiis wax karin ayaa xataa wax karis ka barankara. mahadsanidiin
    Abdirisaaq Noor. Nürnberg /Germany

    • A&L
      October 28, 2012 | 1:37 pm

      Mahadsanid walaal. Waan ku-faraxnay sida aad u-la dhacday goobta Xawaash. Aad iyo aad ayaa ugu mahadsan tahay faallada wacan ee xamaasadda na-gelisay.

  22. mumino
    November 5, 2012 | 10:42 am

    WAAD MAHADSANTAHIIN WALAASHEN IYO WALIBA WALAALKEEN SIDA QIIMAHABADAN ED INOOBARTEEN RAASHINKEENA MACAN WALAAHI AD AYAAN UGA FAAIIDAY ANI AHAAN JISAA KUMALAAHU KHAYR WAXAN RABILAHAY INAAD NATUSTAAN SIDA KHUMBAHA LOOSAMEEYO ADINKO MAHADSAN

    • A&L
      November 5, 2012 | 3:05 pm

      Adigaa mahadda mudan walaasheenna Mumino. Aad iyo aad ayaa ugu mahadsan tahay hadalada wacan. Saddex nooc qumbe ayaa ku-jira Xawaash. Linkigaan waa qumbe caano, halkaan guji http://xawaash.com/?p=3375.

  23. Ogeto
    November 10, 2012 | 11:33 am

    Hi, am from Kenya and love Somali food especially goat meat and rice. Where can I find a Somali spice shop here in Toronto? I want to try a few of your recipes. Thanks and great site you got here. Still drooling at the food pics :) )

    • A&L
      November 10, 2012 | 9:05 pm

      Thank you very much for your awesome comment. We’re happy that you like the website and the recipes. We don’t live in Toronto and we are not familiar with the shops there. However, the individual spices (cumin and coriander seeds, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, turmeric powder and black pepper) are available everywhere.

  24. maryan roon
    December 9, 2012 | 9:26 pm

    asc walaley wanku salamay waxan karabay hadii ataqano icun kan ladhah oo macan receipce aan raba insha alah hadii aa hesid. thnks

    • A&L
      December 10, 2012 | 12:10 am

      Wacalaykum Assalaam Waraxmatullaahi Wabarakaatuh.
      Waa ku mahadsan tahay salaanta wacan. Soo’da Icun waa tan, halkaan guji http://xawaash.com/?p=4328.

  25. ladan
    December 15, 2012 | 5:37 am

    asc waalal waxan ku weydiyay waxa dhalada k jiro oo jalaha ah maxa waye kaas ayan fahmi wayay oo sanjabilka u eg jazakalahu qeyr mahadsanid wax badan ayan ka faaiday.

    • A&L
      December 15, 2012 | 8:15 pm

      Wacalaykum Assalaam Waraxmatullaahi Wabarakaatuh.
      Waa huruud. Huruudda gooni ayaa loo shiidaa ama huruud shiidan ayaad isticmaali kartaa. Mahadsanid.

  26. Kisha
    December 15, 2012 | 5:31 pm

    I had a hard time finding the cumin seeds, can i just use cumin powder?

    • A&L
      December 15, 2012 | 8:17 pm

      You can use cumin powder. However, when you grind whole spices the flavour is much better. The powder loses it’s flavour the longer you store it. You can find cumin seeds at ethnic stores especially Indian. Thank you.

  27. Basro
    January 12, 2013 | 11:09 am

    Walal xawaajiyada aad shiidey maloo isticmaalayaa maraq kasta, misa qeyba maraqa kamida ayaad u isticmaali ku daradiisa.

    • A&L
      January 12, 2013 | 9:01 pm

      Maraq kasta ayaa u isticmaali kartaa. Waxaa kaloo u isticmaali kartaa bariiska, suugada baastada iyo waxa aad jeceshahay.

  28. J
    January 18, 2013 | 1:14 pm

    Is it possible for you to add the quantities in weight/grams please?

    • A&L
      January 20, 2013 | 10:47 pm

      Hello J,
      Here are the weights in grams:
      1/2 cup cumin 60 g
      1/2 cup coriander 35 g
      1 Tbsp cinnamon 5 g
      1 Tbsp cardamom 5 g
      1 tsp cloves 2 g

      • J
        January 21, 2013 | 4:14 pm

        Thank you so much

        • A&L
          January 21, 2013 | 4:28 pm

          Thanks to you! Have a great week.

  29. Basro
    January 19, 2013 | 3:59 pm

    Mahadsanid walal, waad iga jaahil bixisay. Allaha ha,idin dhowro inshaa,allah.

    • A&L
      January 19, 2013 | 8:37 pm

      Adigaa mahadda mudan. Ilaahay haku dhawro adigana.

  30. Horyaal
    January 31, 2013 | 9:08 am

    Nabad Walaal Mahadsanid dadaalkan ad wado ilaahay ha kula qabto .
    Erayga Xawaash waa la adeegsadaa waa run ee af soomaaliga asalka ah spiceska waxa la yiraahdaa “Geedo” oo Soomaali badan ayaa adeegsata eraygaas .

    • A&L
      January 31, 2013 | 8:32 pm

      Waa ku mahadsan tahay faallada wacan. Haddaan dhab u hadalno ereygaas “geedo” goor aan fogayn ayaan barannay. Waa runtaa markaan baarnay waxaan ogaanay in ereyga asalka ah inuu yahay “geedo”.

  31. Musab Omar
    February 2, 2013 | 9:01 am

    It is very nice and my mum is making it right now and it smells nice

    • A&L
      February 2, 2013 | 10:32 pm

      We are happy you like it. Thank you.

  32. Hanaan
    February 7, 2013 | 5:19 pm

    Asc,thank you,thank you,thank you.May Allah give you Barakah Ameen.

    • A&L
      February 7, 2013 | 9:42 pm

      Wa’alaikum Assalam Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.
      You are very welcome. Many thanks to you too. God bless you.

  33. moha abdikarim
    February 21, 2013 | 2:43 am

    wonderfull masha allah keep it good work

    • A&L
      February 21, 2013 | 10:17 pm

      Thank you very much for your kind words.

  34. Zakiya
    February 24, 2013 | 8:07 pm

    where can I buy the xawaash? the one that is already mixed.

    walaahi I don’t like cooking but you guys made a cook out of me lol.

    Thank you

    :-)

    • A&L
      February 24, 2013 | 10:03 pm

      We are very happy for you. Try the Somali Halal Stores or you can make it yourself if you have the spice grinder.

  35. Nichole
    March 26, 2013 | 5:04 pm

    Salaam A&L,
    I just happened to stumble upon your site while looking for an authentic recipe for Somali Beriis, and I must say MAA SHAA ALLAH! What a beautiful site and valued content.
    BarakAllah feekum,
    Nichole

    • A&L
      March 27, 2013 | 12:11 am

      Thank you very much Nichole. It is great to know that you liked the website as well as the food.

  36. Keef
    April 27, 2013 | 11:28 pm

    Asalamu aleykum brother/sister. First of all thank you for the time and effort you put to this website to help us cook better and easier. May Allah reward you with bigger Insha’Allah. I’ve tried the Caano baraawe exactly the way you showed but it gets hard after it cools down any suggestion to make it softer? Thanks again.

    • A&L
      April 29, 2013 | 1:08 am

      Wa’alaikum Assalam Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.
      Thank you very much for your nice comment and prayer. God bless you. You can reduce the cooking time by about 5 minutes and store in an airtight container.

  37. Nadira
    June 18, 2013 | 7:10 pm

    Salam , I want to thank xawaash.com for all your
    Effort in putting together all these delicious Somali
    recipes. I tried most of them including the xawaash spice
    Mix. I even tried the foods that I knew how to make
    But later learnt yours was wayyyyyy better!

    Sister I have request to make. My husband loves
    tea so much and I was wondering if you could
    Put to gather spice mix for tea? If you could I really
    appreaciate it .
    Again may Allah reward you for putting together
    These delicious recipes!!!!

    • A&L
      June 19, 2013 | 12:49 am

      We were delighted by your wonderful comment. Thank you very much. Somali tea is definitely on our to do list. We will post the recipe, God willing. May God bless you and your loved ones.

  38. canab
    June 26, 2013 | 8:36 am

    asc wr wb masha allah walalaheyga aad ayan ula dhacay runtii ad ayan ugua jahilbaxay wax badan oona fahansanan jirin alle ha idiinku badalo abalkiina janatul fardoza jklh khery

    • A&L
      June 26, 2013 | 11:09 pm

      Wacalaykum Assalaam Waraxmatullaahi Wabarakaatuh.
      Waan ku faraxnay sida aad ula dhacday goobta Xawaash. Aad iyo aad ayaa ugu mahadsan tahay ducada iyo faallada aadka u fiican. Ilaahay waxaan kaaga baryaynaa qayr badan oo aan dhammaan.

  39. Osman
    July 15, 2013 | 1:07 pm

    Salaam.

    I just want to say that you have rescued a single man from starving this Ramadan. May Allah reward you for it.

    I love the love you transpire in putting forward our beautiful culture and food and for that I want to thank you.

    A brother and a fan.
    Osman

    • A&L
      July 15, 2013 | 10:57 pm

      Wa’alaikum Assalam Waraxmatullaahi Wabarakatuh.
      Brother Osman, we are very delighted by your wonderful comment. We are happy we could help. Thank you very much, and God bless you.

  40. Robleh El Mudamer
    August 1, 2013 | 11:02 am

    Thank you so much xawaash.com for all your Effort in putting together all these delicious Somali recipes. the xawaash spice Mix is definetely the crown of all spices and it is changing people lives by enriching their taste . may Allah pour on you a sea of blessings

    • A&L
      August 1, 2013 | 2:35 pm

      You are very welcome. Thank you so much for your prayers. We are really glad that you like the website and the spice. May God bless you.

  41. JOHN JACKSON
    August 14, 2013 | 5:39 pm

    I was looking at the spaghetti recipe you posted. One of the
    Ingredients was vegetabkle seasoning. What exactly is that?
    Bouillon cubes?

    • A&L
      August 14, 2013 | 11:29 pm

      It is bouillon powder.

  42. Hiba
    September 18, 2013 | 2:49 pm

    Abdullahi & Leila I cannot tell you how much I love your blog. I came across it this summer when I visited my sister in France. She told me about it and I told everyone I know Somali or otherwise about it. I love food blogs and I have used and visited many of them and yours is up there with the best of them. I left Somali as a teenager and did not get the opportunity to visit again but your blog brings back memories not only with the food but with the background music and the pictures at the end of each recipe. I cook all kinds of food but was not able to do any Somali cooking. Now I am going to thanks to you guys. I see the picture of you in Sevilla which I had the pleasure to visit this summer. I see a cook book in the making for you guys. I see other bloggers doing it (Smitten Kitchen)so I don’t see why you can’t explore the idea. Good luck and keep up the good work. You make me proud as a Somali.

    • A&L
      September 18, 2013 | 9:54 pm

      Thank you so much for your wonderful comment and kind feelings. We are exceedingly touched and grateful. We are also very lucky to have fans like you. Our trip to Spain was one of the most memorable ones. We hope to share with our readers some of the wonderful things we learned there. We will rethink our position on writing a cook book.

  43. Joanne
    October 22, 2013 | 12:01 pm

    Hello! I am happy to have found your blog! I live in Minnesota, which has the largest Somali population in the U.S.; I am interested in learning and understanding more about the people and culture. One of my co-workers told me about making Xawaash, and another dish that sounded very similar to your recipe for Chicken Steak, so I think I will start there. (She was incredulous that I’d never had Somali cooking, and that I didn’t know what I was missing)! There are only a couple of ingredients that I don’t have; I scanned some of the other recipes, and it’s great that most of them call for things already in my cupboards.

    • A&L
      October 22, 2013 | 9:19 pm

      Thank you very much for taking the time to comment. We are also incredulous that you did not know about Somali food. :-) Blame it on the biased media! Welcome on board.

  44. idil
    November 15, 2013 | 6:48 pm

    salam alaikum. i am really interested in buying the measuring cups in shaa Allah. where can i purchase online? i couldnt find at my local stores.

    • A&L
      November 17, 2013 | 1:57 am

      Wa’alaikum assalam warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.
      You can purchase from amazon.com.

  45. tim chan
    November 21, 2013 | 2:29 pm

    thank you for your generous sharing. love it help me a lot!!

    • A&L
      November 22, 2013 | 9:04 pm

      Thank you for your kind comment.

  46. Idil
    December 1, 2013 | 4:01 pm

    asc walaalaayaal aadbaad u mahadsantihiin
    aadbaana uuga heley jaza allaha

    • A&L
      December 2, 2013 | 9:44 pm

      Adigaa mahadda mudan walaal. Waan ku faraxnay inaad ka heshay.

  47. farhiya
    December 12, 2013 | 8:49 pm

    asc walal waxaan aad udaneeyaya tiramisu recipu waxyaaba aga sameyo inaad noosoogaleysaan mahadsanid

    • A&L
      December 15, 2013 | 7:22 pm

      Hadduu Eebbe idmo waan ku tala jirnaa inaan soo gelino.

  48. Fred
    December 27, 2013 | 5:07 pm

    I have now got some Cardamom pods do I shell them from pods or leave them in pods? thank you for your site.

    • A&L
      December 29, 2013 | 11:07 pm

      You don’t need to shell them.

  49. Fowzia
    December 28, 2013 | 11:42 am

    Assalaamu Caleykum,Cabdillaahi iyo Layla,aad baan u jeclahay xawaash recipe,waxaan ku daray fennel seeds iyo anise seeds aad bay labaduba u udgoon yihiin InshaAlaah marka dambaad sameysanaysaan ku darsada waxaan rajaynayaa inaad u jeclaataan sidaan u jeclaaday.

    • A&L
      December 29, 2013 | 11:11 pm

      Wacalaykum Assalaaam Waraxmatullaahi Wabarakaatuh.
      Walaasheenna qaaliga ah aad iyo aad ayaa u mahadsan tahay. Waan ku faraxnay inaad nala wadaagtay tijaabadaada. Hadduu Eebbe idmo waan tijaabin doonnaa. Mahadsanid mar labaad.

  50. AAR
    April 8, 2014 | 1:00 am

    Nabad Walaal Hambalyo !

    Soomaaliya the land of spices,dhulkii xawaashka baa la oran jiray ilaa iyo waagii hore ee faraaciinta iyo roomaanka . Markaa anoo taariikhda dhiga, waa in aan iska ilaalino ‘it is believeda ‘The Hawa’ij spice mix is believed to have originated in Yemen ” The Somali region was called the land of Spices ‘Hawaash’ and Frankincense . They used to mix their spices.Even,the traditional women in countryside use a stone-mixer ‘midxin’ .They shared their ‘geedo’ spices to the world . Carabtu magaac badan bay naga amaahatay ,markaas waa laga fiican yahay inaan markaste odhano , it is believed inaa laga keenay dhulkaa kale !

    Dadaalka sii wada ! Mahadsanid walaal

  51. najoomi
    May 30, 2014 | 7:43 am

    asc wr wb…omg abaayo we love you walaahi waa nacaawisay a lot markaa wax rabno inaa sameeno ur website eegna oo ka sameeena . aaad baa u mahadsantahay ilaahay khayr haku siiyo ..u are amazing ….

    love from Egypt Cairo.

    • A&L
      May 30, 2014 | 7:51 pm

      Aad iyo aad ayaa ugu mahadsan tahay faallada wacan. Waan ku faraxsan nahay inaad ka faa’iidaysanaysiin.

  52. Fauzia
    December 10, 2014 | 6:19 am

    Salam sister, great website Masha Allah. I know for sure this will be a place i come to for ideas and inspiration Insha Allah.
    May I ask if you could post the easiest way of making Somali tea with milk? I don’t make it often. Mostly when I have visitors. I tend to get it right some days and wrong other days. I think it all in the measurements and balancing the flavours of the spices. Please help.
    Jazakallah Khair!

    • A&L
      December 16, 2014 | 8:00 pm

      Thank you very, very much. We are delighted to know that you will come to this site for ideas and inspiration.

      God willing, we will post a recipe for Somali tea with milk. Thanks again.

  53. Munira
    January 31, 2015 | 2:11 pm

    Hello,

    I wanted to know is Xawaash Bouillon Powder and Xawaash spice mix the same? If not what are the recipes?

    Thanks

    • A&L
      February 21, 2015 | 12:20 am

      Here is the link for the the xawaash spice mix recipe http://xawaash.com/?p=12. Xawaash bouillon powder is a stock mix.

  54. Abu Nayja
    February 2, 2015 | 6:19 am

    As salaam wu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakahtu. I really appreciate and value your work and effort in establishing this site and the youtube channel. It has been of benefit to me. Shukraan. May Allah azza wa jal reward you with abundant good for it.
    Fee amin Allah
    Wa salaam wu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakahtu.

    • A&L
      February 21, 2015 | 12:22 am

      Thank you very much for heartwarming comment. God bless you.

  55. Lula Ali
    May 15, 2015 | 3:10 am

    Greetings from East Africa.

    Thank you for your blog. It has made my Somali husband very happy.

    Question: I thought I saw one time that you made Xawaash Vegetable Seasoning. I looking to reduce chemicals in our diets and want to take out Maggi. Can you tell me how to make Xawaash Vegetable Seasoning?

    Thank you in advance.

    Nabad iyo Caano, Lula

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We are a husband and wife team and we live in Canada. In a world full of food complications, we make cooking very simple. Our recipe videos will make your cooking easy, relaxed and enjoyable. We bring you the foods we love from Somalia and from around the world.