Omani Halwa is a beloved sweet. There are numerous recipes for this treat. Some recipes are fiercely guarded and have been passed on from generation to generation and the halwa is often sold in the souks.
In Oman, the halwa is cooked in a very large copper pot, called mirjnl, for a couple of hours. It requires constant stirring which makes it a labor intensive process.
Halwa is served at all sorts of gatherings, usually with coffee (kahwa), and is enjoyed at weddings, funerals, birthday celebrations and during Ramadan.
Halwa is also simply served as dessert with Omani coffee or sometimes just to show hospitality.
Usually halwa is served in little bowls or cups and comes in many different varieties.
This recipe does require constant stirring but it won’t take a couple hours.
The result is a soft, sweet gelatinous mixture that is flavored with saffron, cardamom, ghee, nuts and rose water.
A delicious sweet treat to enjoy with coffee
- 1 Cup Tapioca flour
- 3/4 Cup Water
- 2 Cups Sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon Red food coloring
- 1 pinch Saffron strands
- 1 Tablespoon Ghee
- 1 Tablespoon Rose water
- 1/4 teaspoon Cardamom
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 Tablespoon Roasted sesame seeds
- 1/4 Cup Cashew nuts
- 1/4 Cup Almonds Sliced/Blanched
In a bowl, mix together the tapioca flour and water.
Add in the food coloring and mix until all is combined, set aside.
Heat the ghee is a non stick pan and add in the cashews and almonds. Roast until slightly brown and set aside.
In a saucepan combine the 2 cups of water and sugar together and bring to a boil until the sugar is totally dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool.
Next heat up the sugar/water mixture over a low flame.
Add in the tapioca mixture
Add in the nutmeg, cardamom and saffron into the pot.
Keep stirring until the halwa starts to pull away from the side of the pan.
Keep stirring and when it seems nice and gelatinous, add in the rose water, sesame seeds, and roasted cashews and almonds.
Turn off the heat and put the halwa in serving bowls and garnish with additional nuts if desired. It can be served either hot or cold.