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Four bowl of omani halwa topped with nuts

Omani Halwa

A delicious sweet treat to enjoy with coffee
Course Dessert
Cuisine Oman
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 234kcal
Author International Cuisine


  • 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.


Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 44mg | Sugar: 33g | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.8mg