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    Xalwa - Somalian Halwa

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    3 hrs 15 mins

    15 mins

    3 hrs

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    1. 1
      Mix together the cornflour and 250ml water to form a smooth paste (whisk vigourously to make the batter smooth).
    2. 2
      Mix the 1.5 lt water with the sugar in a large pot until the sugar dissolves then add the cardamom powder and gradually stir-in the cornflour mixture and the ghee. Mix thoroughly until everything combines.
    3. 3
      Heat on medium heat, stirring continuously with a wooden spoon for the first 20 minutes. After that go back every 10 minutes or so to stir.
    4. 4
      Keep cooking for about 3 hours, until the mixture thickens and the ghee separates out. Pour the ghee from the pan, put the xalwa (also known as halwa) in a separate pan and decorate with peanuts and sesame seeds.
    5. 5
      When cooled slice with a wet knife. Wrap in cellophane or waxed paper.

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    Nutritional Facts for Xalwa - Somalian Halwa

    Serving Size: 1 (142 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 20

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 575.5
    Calories from Fat 134
    Total Fat 14.9 g
    Saturated Fat 9.2 g
    Cholesterol 38.4 mg
    Sodium 3.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 113.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.1 g
    Sugars 99.8 g
    Protein 0.0 g

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