Photographs from my photowalks within the City of Sohar and nearby communities in the Sultanate of Oman are posted here on a daily basis.
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.