HALWA (A SOMALI SWEET)

 

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Ingredients

  • 1tsp. food colour –red or green for Christmas
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • ½ tsp. cardamom
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ c. oil
  • ¼ c. butter
  • ¼ c. peanuts (optional)

Directions

  • In a bowl, mix 1c. water with corn starch and food colour and mix well.
  • In a pan on medium high, add the remaining water, sugars and stir well until sugars are fully dissolved.
  • Once small bubbles start to form, add the corn starch mixture, stir constantly until it starts to thicken, then add the oil and stir well.
  • Continue stirring for about 3 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to low and, in a folding manner, stir every 15 min., adding 1 tabl.of butter each time.
  • Stir every 15 min. for about 1 hour (6 times) or until lots of tiny
  • bubbles form all over the halwa.
  • Add the cardamom, nutmeg, and peanuts, if using.
  • Stir well to get the spices and nuts through the whole halwa.
  • Skim off excess liquid.
  • Pour the halwa out into the pan 13x9, smooth out the top and let sit for 3 hours, until cool and not runny.
  • Cut and serve.

Notes

Reprinted from Celi-Yak News - Winter 2009

Categories: Misc. Candy 

Author Credit: Nicole Marginet

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