Xalwa - Somalian Halwa

"This recipe is not for the faint hearted! You need a heavy pan and a strong arm. Sourced from www.celtnet.org.uk."
 
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Ready In:
3hrs 15mins
Ingredients:
6
Serves:
20
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ingredients

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directions

  • Mix together the cornflour and 250ml water to form a smooth paste (whisk vigourously to make the batter smooth).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • When cooled slice with a wet knife. Wrap in cellophane or waxed paper.

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Recently relocated to Queensland, warmer seas for sailing and fishing. Aside from cooking for my family I do cake decorating (mainly wedding cakes) and recently unusual jams - adding spices and herb - and preserves and cheese making
 
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