Halwa from Oman

Halwa for sale in Nizwa Souk

A trip to Oman is not complete without trying some of its delicious local delicacy – Omani halwa (sweet). Halwa is considered as a symbol of Omani hospitality and is traditionally served with Omani Kahwa (coffee), both at homes and restaurants in the country.

Omani Halwa is popular in almost every home in the Sultanate of Oman, particularly on special occasions such as weddings or birthday celebrations. It is also consumed during Ramadan and Eid feasts.

The recipe is subject to much debate as every Omani has their own personal favourite, with ingredients and proportions varying between makers and from different locales of production.

In fact, halwa-makers are fiercely protective of their secret recipes as their livelihood may depend on it.

Muscat Festival is the occasion for everyone to enjoy and gain knowledge regarding Omani traditions and delicious foods. Like always, this year’s edition of Muscat Festival brings a few varieties of delicious Omani halwa including the Yellow Halwa which is made up of Saffron and different kinds of dry fruits whereas the Black Halwa is made of Omani dates.

Ingredients used to make Halwa are eggs, red and white sugar, corn flour and fat. These items are combined to produce a gelatinous sweet, which is then flavoured with spices such as cardamom and saffron. Fresh rosewater from the Jebel Akdhar region is used to impart the sweet with a delicate floral fragrance.