Jews from all over the world have different haroset traditions. This Yemenite version incorporates a spice blend known as hawaij, which is an essential part of Yemenite cuisine. There are two different versions of hawaij: one for coffee, and one for soups and other savory dishes.
You can buy hawaij from specialty spice shops like NY Shuk, or make your own mix by combining equal parts of ground cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, and ginger.
Watch Doreet make this recipe below:
- 1/4 cup sweet red Kosher wine, such as Manischewitz
- 10-15 pitted dates or 3/4 cup dates, pitted and finely chopped
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp of hawaij for coffee (if not available then use 1/4 tsp each ground cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, ginger)
- 2-3 Granny Smith apple, finely chopped (leave peel on)
- 1/4 cup white raisins (optional)
- Mix all ingredients in a food processor.
- Store in the refrigerator. Can be made 2-3 days before but add apples at the last minute so they are bright and fresh.