Halwa - the national dessert

The sweet dish "halwa" is the national dessert of Oman. Today it's mostly produced in factories.

In Arabic "halwa" means sweet. No surprise as the ingredients are concentrated butter, caramelized sugar, almonds and farina and the flavour refined with saffron, cardamon and rose water.

In smaller towns there is still the occasional halwa-cook to be found, but in Barka there is a big factory. It produces all kinds of grades which vary extremely in price, colour and taste.

The tough mass is cooked for many hours above a log fire in a big copper bowl.

At the end of the meal you perfume your hands with rose water or another scented water and drink coffee before taking your leave.


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