Halwa #2

3 1/2 cups sugar
1 liter water (take out 1/2 cup and set aside)
yellow food coloring (Powder is available at most halal shops.)
1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 cup butter
3/4 ts. cardamom powder
1 ts. nutmeg
3 Tbsp. oil
peanuts (optional)

1. Mix the food coloring in a half 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 food coloring and water mixture.
4. Do not stir until it thickens.
5. In a small bowl, mix 1 Tbsp. oil with the cardamom and nutmeg.
6. Stir halwa every two minutes until it had thickened a bit.
7. Add the remaining 2 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 mxiture.
10. Keep stirring until it is too difficult to stir the halwa.
11. Pour the halwa into a greased pan; cover with plastic wrap and set aside to cool.

If you are using nuts, you can sprinkle them in the pan and then top with the halwa.

This takes about an hour and a half to make. Enjoy!


  1. Looks nice mashaAllah!! I am a bad cook!lol

  2. Salaam aleikum

    Ooooh sister, actually, I have tears in my eyes now... Remembering those late nights I spendt with my Somali Abaayo, eating halwa with tasteless bisquits... And talking, and talking... About life, about men, about kids, dreams, the world... My abaayo, how I love her. I could not love her more, if she was my sister in blood. She is my best friend in the world.

    I miss her so much. Specially now, she just lost her long awaited baby in uterus he died... SubhanAllah, how the Qadr of Allah can turn the life of a person... But alhamdulillah for everything. My Abaayo.

    Sorry, I did not mean to steal the show here hehe, but I just got so many nice memories from seeing this halwa. And ofcourse, I just HAVE to try to make it hehehe. I never tried before. I tried a lot of your recipes now, and I must say, MashaAllah, somali food is a big hit in this house hehe.

  3. jasakalaa khayr i have thought once how to make a halwa but never tried. Untill recently, i tried so many time to see in online halwa receipe posted but never came up one. Today, i was so supprise sister like to post such secerat receipe=====Allah help you sister you help to find this interesting receipe for halwa.

  4. thanks for the halwa recipe, i always wanted to make one but never found the recipe. there are so many recipes in here that i would love to make.as a person who did not grow up in somalia, iam thankful for your blog.you should probably write a book. jizak allahukheyr sister.

  5. Hi Anonymous,

    The ingredients are exact. The tricky part is in the cooking. You pretty much have to cook it until you can barely stir it.
    While this halwa tasted just like the one in the store, it had a different texture. I really needed to cook it longer.

  6. salam alaykum sister, iska waran? i'm love very much ahlwa since my husband bought it for me from his friends and all different taste, that why i'm so intersting to learn how to make it becouse i love cook different food. specially i love to learn somalian food. can u give me some somaian food recipes? becouse i'm indonesian and my husband somalian please can u send it to my email or may be you have one website for the recipe. jazakallah khair
    this my email dest_child_02@yahoo.com

  7. Asa;amu aleykum,
    hi tammy, your blog is so awesome thanks for that.
    i have a question, i made this halwa & it turned out halwa saabuuni, very thick & crunchy , i don't know what went wrong but i used the exact same ingredients & time , but i used electric pot, could that be the problem?

  8. wa alaikum salam

    I will be very honest with you. If you want to make a really good halwa go to somalirecipes.com
    You can see a video and I have made it many times. It has turned out every time.

  9. Masha Allah sister i tried different way one day,and it didnt come well.Now am making ur way,i hope it well work.Sister can u add different halwa like one that has thick part of halwa inside.

    Jazaaka Allahu kheir.


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