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31 January 2012

Halwa

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.



From: http://www.omanet.om/english/culture/halwa.asp?cat=cult&subcat=cult2

30 January 2012

29 January 2012

Priceless

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

28 January 2012

27 January 2012

Compromise

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

26 January 2012

25 January 2012

Connect

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

24 January 2012

Contentment

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

Reunited

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

22 January 2012

Adapt

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

21 January 2012

Timely

PS075 Migratory birds flying over the Sohar Corniche area.

20 January 2012

19 January 2012

Prosperity

PS073 Getting ready for tomorrow's fishing activity.


18 January 2012

Hero

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

17 January 2012

16 January 2012

Empty

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

14 January 2012

Lanterns

PS068 Well-lighted jogger's lane at Sohar
Corniche.

13 January 2012

Peak

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

Unbreakable

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

10 January 2012

Reception

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

Laham

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
persons.

08 January 2012

07 January 2012

Biryani

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

Festivities

PS059 Dinner preparations for male visitors at an Omani wedding. 

05 January 2012

Love

PS058  A beautifully decorated car for an Omani wedding.

04 January 2012

01 January 2012

Beacon

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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