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The Sweet Taste of Oman

November 2, 2013 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

A trip to Oman is not complete without trying some of its deliciously sweet local delicacy – Omani halwa. Halwa is considered as a symbol of Omani hospitality and is traditionally served with Omani Kahwa (coffee), both at homes and in restaurants across the country.

Omani Halwa is popular in almost every home in the Sultanate of Oman, particularly on special occasions such as weddings or birthday celebrations. It is also consumed during Ramadan and Eid feasts.

image002The recipe is subject to much debate as every Omani has their own personal favourite, with ingredients and proportions varying between makers and from different locales of production. In fact, halwa-makers are fiercely protective of their secret recipes as their livelihood may depend on it. 

Muscat Festival is the occasion for everyone to enjoy and gain more knowledge regarding Omani traditions and its delicious food. Like always, this year’s edition of the Muscat Festival brought a few varieties of delicious Omani halwa including the Yellow Halwa, which is made up of Saffron and different kinds of dry fruits; whereas the Black Halwa is made of Omani dates. Ingredients used to make Halwa can include:  eggs, red and white sugar, corn flour and ghee fat. These items are combined to produce a gelatinous sweet, which is then flavoured with spices such as cardamom and saffron.  Fresh rosewater from the Jabel Akhdar region is used to impart the sweet with a delicate floral fragrance.

This year at the Magnificence of the Middle East Ball, halwa will be added to the dessert menu to commemorate Oman Tourism’s involvement in the event as a general sponsor.  Peek into the heart and soul of Arabia at the ‘Magnificence of the Middle East Ball’which will be held in Sydney on November  2 – Oman Tourism are the proud sponsors of the event alongside the Arab Bank, Etihad Airways, BMW and Cerrone. The glamorous event will not only showcase the current fashion trends by featuring the new Spring/Summer Collection by the renowned Lebanese fashion designer Basil Soda rather it will further entice you by the smells and flavours of the region through a decadent degustation menu created by Australia’s top talents including Shannon Bennett, Matt Moran, Shane Delia andVincent Gadan.  To purchase tickets, contact: Chefshowcase@georgekhouzame.com

Fortunately you don’t have to wait until November to savour the taste of Oman, enjoy the recipe courtesy of Bait Al Balid, direct from Oman:

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