Somali Halwa also known as Halwo or Halwad is a popular sweet amongst Somalis, it is made of sugar, cornstarch, oil and for the spices nutmeg and cardamom are used. There is one with peanut version added at the end. It is usually served with cup of Somali tea.
- 8 cups of water
- 1 lb granulated sugar
- 1 lb light brown sugar
- 1 cup cornstarch
- 1 cup ghee/oil
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 2 teaspoon of ground cardamom
- Pinch saffron powder
- Bring the sugar and the water to boil.
- Mix cornstarch, saffron and half of cup water, allow it to dissolve.
- Add the cornstarch to the mixture.
- Cook the mixture over medium heat while stirring.
- As the mixture turns thick, start adding oil. This might take about an hour.
- Continue adding oil when it sticks to the bottom of the pan.
- Keep stirring until the mixture gets separated.
- When it starts to form like a big ball and it leaves the sides of the pan add cardamom and cloves.
- Put the halwad on a baking sheet.
- Let it cool.