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    Somali Sweet (Halwad/Halwo/Halwa)

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    1 hr 50 mins

    5 mins

    1 hr 45 mins

    UmmBinat's Note:

    Posted for ZWT7 African region. Gluten free but not corn free. Recipe from

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    Serves: 20


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    1. 1
      In a bowl mix 1 cup of water with the corn starch and food coloring, mix well until smooth.
    2. 2
      In a no stick pan on medium high add the remaining water, white sugar and brown sugar. Stir well until sugar is fully dissolved. Once small bubbles have started to form (not a full boil) add the corn starch mixture.
    3. 3
      Stir constantly until it just starts to thicken then add the oil. Stir well. Reduce heat to low. Stir for 30 seconds every 15 minutes adding 2 tablespoons of butter/ghee each time to incorporate. (Do not over stir) It will take about 1 hour and 30 minutes or so for the Halwo to become very thick and a lot of tiny bubbles will form.
    4. 4
      When that happens add the cardamom powder, nutmeg and nuts (if using). Stir well and pour the Halwo into a dish/cake pan. You may use a very small cake pan that is 6" X 9" for a thick halwo. It will fill that size pan to the top.
    5. 5
      Let cool on unrefrigerated, 3 hours for the small pan. Once fully cooled, turn pan upside down onto a plate and the Halwo will slide out.
    6. 6
      Cut and Serve.

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    Nutritional Facts for Somali Sweet (Halwad/Halwo/Halwa)

    Serving Size: 1 (107 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 20

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 271.4
    Calories from Fat 90
    Total Fat 10.0 g
    Saturated Fat 3.6 g
    Cholesterol 12.2 mg
    Sodium 45.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 46.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
    Sugars 40.6 g
    Protein 0.0 g

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