An essential ingredient in Yemenite cooking, hawaij is a blend of spices often used to flavor soups and stews. A variation of the blend, spiced with cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger, is used to flavor coffee. Here, star chef Michael Solomonov combines turmeric, black pepper, and cumin for a simple but robust blend that wholly complements lucious beef short ribs.
To reheat cooked ribs, preheat oven to 300°F. Place ribs in a 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Add 1/2 cup water, and cover tightly with foil. Bake in preheated oven until warmed through, 45 minutes to 1 hour.