Somali Halwa #1

7 cups sugar
2 liters water (take out 1 cup and set aside)
3 tea bags
1 1/4 cup cornstarch
1 cup butter
1 1/2 ts. cardamom powder
2 - 3 ts. nutmeg
6 Tbsp. oil

1. Soak the tea bags in the cup of water; set aside for 15 minutes.
2. Combine the remaining water, sugar, and cornstarch; stir well.
3. Once the sugar and cornstarch are well mixed; turn up the heat to medium - high (7 or 8) and
add the tea. (Remove the teabags.)
4. Do not stir until it thickens.
5. In a small bowl, mix 2 Tbsp. oil with the cardamom and nutmeg.
6. Stir halwa every two minutes until it has thickened a bit.
7. Add the remaining 4 Tbsp. of oil and stir well.
8. Add the butter a little at a time, mixing in between.
9. Keep stirring mixture until it is very thick; add the oil and cardamom mixture.
10. Keep stirring until it is too difficult to stir the halwa.
11. Pour the halwa into a grease pan; cover with plastic wrap and set aside to cool.
This takes about an hour and a half to make. Enjoy!


  1. Assalaamu 'alayki wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh

    I cant wait to make some halwa for this eid inshaa Allaah =D

    Regarding nutmeg, look at this fatwa:
    Just wanted to tell you if you wasn't aware of it :)

  2. manshallah amina thank you for the recipes. I tried cooking it yesterday but it was a disaster. Inshallah I will try to make it again, but the only problem i have is that I dont know when it's actually done.

  3. assalamu alaikum cook the halwa until you can't stir it anymore.

    It took me 4 times.

  4. i made some halwa it was delious

  5. HI Sue

    I am happy that it turned out for you. Making halwa is so tricky. I still can't make a perfect halwa.

  6. maasha alaah dadka sharafta leh eenoosoo galiyay internetka thank you soo much gabdho badan oo xaasas ah ayaa aqoon cunto karis waxaan umalaynayaa in ay ka faa iidaysan doonaan . ilaahay ha baal ha idinkasiiyo.

  7. Jezaka'Allah Khair sister Aamina,

    Can someone please translate?

  8. Tammy,

    Amina said mashallah she didn't know that good ppl come on the internet. she also said that there are alot of women who are wives that don't know how to cook and she thinks they will benefit from this. i dont know how to translate the last sentence but its a dua.

  9. translation:
    "thanks to the honorable people who have created these recipes on the internet. there are married women who may not know how to cook and this site will benefit them. may Allah reward you for your efforts"

  10. salama allaykum sister tammy i like your cooking webside may allah reward you for your efforts

  11. barliin cadeey abaayo waxaa rabaainaa kagato buugta cutakariska af somali mee ku qoranyihiin mase luuqad kale plz iisheeg aniga waxaarabaa buugatass oo afka hooyo ku qoran

  12. I absolutely adore you walaalo for putting this recipe up. I've been looking around and its been unsuccessful so thanks again.

  13. mashaallah i just start halwa bussiness throu ure recipe,jazaakallahu khayran sister


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