BM # 44
International ABC Cooking
Cooking with Alphabets :  
Category : Sweet / Dessert

Oman, officially called the Sultanate of Oman, is an Arab state in southwest Asia on the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula.

With the alphabet O we have only one country Oman. with rest of the alphabets there has been a curiosity to check which country has been picked by the Blogging Marathon team, but for Oman I am sure we all are curious about Omani dishes.I would not be surprised if my co bloggers too would have chosen this Omani Halwa which I have chosen. But before we talk about this famous dish let us talk a little about the Omani Cuisine.

The cuisine of Oman is generally very simple, with the aid of many spices and marinades to complete a dish, which usually consists of chicken, fish, and mutton. Omani cuisine is not spicy, and varies regionally. Everyday meals generally have components such as rice, a wide variety of soup, salad, curry, and fresh vegetables.

For festive occasions, special dishes are prepared, particularly for Islamic tradition. The range of dishes is very diverse, and there are certain meals only prepared during Ramadan.
For dessert, Omani people have a kind of sweet, known as Omani halwa. This is usually served before the consumption of kahwa, a preparation of coffee and cardamom which is very popular and remains a symbol of hospitality.
This is a halwa which is similar to a Sindhi halwa , called Karachi Halwa. The Karachi Halwa recipe comes from the Sindhi community from Karachi, Sindh. This halwa is loaded with ghee and is full of nuts. It also has a good shelf life. Made from corn flour, it looks translucent and any food color could be used to give it a hue. The normal colors that are used are Orange and green. While looking for a dessert from this country, I landed on Jaleelaa blog and I knew my recipe for the alphabet O. The recipe is simple but one has to make sure that the halwa has cooked perfectly. One can choose any kind of nuts though I personally prefer almond and pistachios.

Coming to the recipe..

Omani Halwa

100 gms corn flour
200 ml water
Few drops red food color

300 ml water
175 gms sugar
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
Pinch saffron ( optional )

3 tbsp rose water
1 tsp cardamom powder
Nuts as per choice.
I used almonds and pistachios

Heat ghee and fry the nuts lightly, keep aside.
In the same pan boil water along with sugar and cardamom powder.
Boil for 5-7 minutes.

Make sugar syrup first
In a wide non stick pan heat the ghee and fry the nuts and keep aside.
In the same pan, Boil the water along with sugar and cardamom powder
Boil for 5 minutes.

In a bowl of 200 ml water, add red color and flour mix well and add it to sugar syrup stir continuously with out any lumps.
Add ghee ,saffron , cardamom powder and stir continuously.

Finally add roasted nuts , stir well.
Garnish with pista flakes.
Grease the tray with ghee and transfer the halwa into it and let it cool. Cut into desired shapes.

Recipe Source : Jaleela

We all are fond of Karachi halwa , so when I made this sweet, I somehow was getting jittery, but when I tasted the halwa I was actually quite happy. We got Karachi Halwa to eat which was as good as the market halwa sold in Mumbai , also the home made halwa did not have as much ghee as the market one. so it sure was a treat.

Thanks Jaleela !

Omani Halwa

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