31 January 2012


PS085 Omani halwa (sweets).

Omani halwa (sweet) is famous as a symbol of traditional Omani hospitality. It is usually served in Omani homes before drinking Arabic coffee.

The main ingredients which go into the making of halwa are: starch, eggs, sugar, water, ghee, saffron, cardamom, nuts and rose water from the Jebel al Akdhar. The ingredients are mixed, in proportions and quantities known only to the skilled halwamaker, and cooked in a mirjnl (large cooking pot used especially for halwa) for a time of not less than 2 hours.

Halwa is usually served in a dist, a large earthenware bowl, which can vary in size and composition according to demand or type of occasion. The dist can also be made of metal or plastic. Halwa is invariably served at times of joy or sorrow and, on religious occasions and festivals. It graces the tables of every Omani home.


30 January 2012

29 January 2012


PS083 A very rare occasion where clouds form over the Oman sky.  

28 January 2012

27 January 2012


PS081 Al Jumeira building in Sohar souq is a mix of old and modern
architectural style in Oman.

26 January 2012

25 January 2012


PS079 A bright new day full of surprises for someone like me.

24 January 2012


PS078 I was fascinated by this old boat but surprised by the way it was
left to deteriorate slowly.  I think it can still be salvaged to good use but
no one bothered to do so.

23 January 2012


PS077 Early morning walk at the beach has rewarded me with an
amazingly beautiful sunrise.

22 January 2012


PS076 A view of sunset at the Sohar Fish Market gate.

21 January 2012


PS075 Migratory birds flying over the Sohar Corniche area.

20 January 2012

19 January 2012


PS073 Getting ready for tomorrow's fishing activity.

18 January 2012


PS072 Date tree during fall... leaves are intact.

17 January 2012

16 January 2012


PS070 A small concrete house but i wonder if somebody has lived here.

14 January 2012


PS068 Well-lighted jogger's lane at Sohar

13 January 2012


PS067 Special post #2 from Al Ain's Jebel Hafeet, West of Sohar.

Here are other pictures of the sky all over the world...

12 January 2012


PS066 Special post from Al Ain's Jebel Hafeet, western side of Sohar.

10 January 2012


PS064 An Omani kid eagerly participating in the wedding reception
preparations for male visitors.

PS065 Dinner will be served here after the Maghrib prayer.  Everyone
is invited to join the celebration.

09 January 2012


PS062 It's beef...with herbs and spices, the Omani way. 

PS063 One hot biryani laham...ready to be served.  One plate good for 5

08 January 2012

07 January 2012


PS060 Traditional way of cooking biryani with la-ham (beef).  The rice
is cooked in big aluminum pots (above in the photo) and the beef cooked
separately is covered tightly with aluminum foil.  The lid is pressed
tightly against the pot with the help of heavy objects like stone. 

06 January 2012


PS059 Dinner preparations for male visitors at an Omani wedding. 

05 January 2012


PS058  A beautifully decorated car for an Omani wedding.

04 January 2012

01 January 2012


January 2012 Theme day: Photo of the year 2011

PS054 Sur, a city south of Sohar. 

I consider this to be one of my most memorable shot.  It got featured in a local magazine here in Oman.  Happy new year to all...

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