Halawat Timman/ Sulemani Halwa

Halawat timman  aka Sulemani Halwa is a rice flour based halawa from Iraq. Flavored with middle eastern flavors of rose water and saffron, Halawat Timman is a unique treat for a sweet lovers
Halawat Timman
I have joined Mena Cooking club. What is that now? Mena refers to the countries in middle east and north Africa. Countries like  Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti,Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Morocco,Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, West Bank and Gaza, and Yemen are considered to be in Mena region. I have always been fascinated by the cuisine of this region.

Sulemani halwa

For this month’s challenge, we were exploring Iraqi cuisine with three recipes. Pardeh Pulav, Lis’an El Qa’thi (eggplant wrapped around meat) & Halawat Timman. I am completely unaware of what Iraqi cuisine is. So I took help of google to explore and know about these 3 recipes. While googling purdeh pulav, I came across few recipes but was not satisfied as it was a mix of rice with a covering of puff pastry  like a  pie. Somewhat cross culture recipe. Next I moved to halawat timman. And to my surprise it really caught my interest. Reason being , halawat timman is similar to sulemani halwa prepared in my region. I have done a guest post for this recipe at my dear friend Fathima of Saffron Pudding about two years back.

Halawat Timman
The recipe of Halawat Timman aka Sulemani Halwa is my mother in law’s recipe. She learnt this recipe from her Ammi. My inlaws forefathers came from Arab region (though their family history is  still to be explored) and I think the recipe came from there. I believe this because when I asked my mom in law, she did’t remember where the recipe came from and was much interested in making it rather than it’s origin. I would have loved to explore the origin though. Unluckily my granny in law is no more. So maybe I will someday research more about it with other relatives. Insha allah.
I have made few changes in term of flavor in the recipe from my last one shared. The link is shared above to compare both the recipe.

Serves 3 - 4

Halawat Timman/ Sulemani Halwa

Halawat timman is a rice flour halawa from Iraq.

5 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1 cup Sugar (minus 3 tbsp)
  • 1 & ¼ cup water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 100 gm Pure Ghee
  • 3 pods of cardamom powder
  • 2 pods cardamom
  • 3 pinches of saffron
  • 4 tbsp of mixed dry fruits ( almond, pistachio & melon seed)
  • 1/2 tsp rose water
  • Rose Petals to garnish


  1. In a deep vessel add in water with cardamom & saffron. Boil on a low flame. Keep aside
  2. In another wok add in ghee. When hot add the whole cardamoms.
  3. When cardamom crackles, add in rice flour.
  4. Roast the flour till light brown in color. Once light brown add in mixed nuts & give a quick stir
  5. Add in the prepared saffron cardamom syrup. Take care while adding as bubbles will come up
  6. Stir till all the water is absorbed and it starts leaving the sides.
  7. Add sugar and stir till it dissolves.
  8. Lastly add rose water and keep stirring for few minutes till it mixes up with entire halawa.
  9. Garnish with rose petals
  10. Serve hot.
Cuisine: Iraqi, Indian | Recipe Type: Dessert


Halawat Timman

6 thoughts on “Halawat Timman/ Sulemani Halwa

  1. Huma! your halawat looks gorgeous! Addition of Saffron is superb! I should so it again with that! Really, cant take my eyes off! I would eat more than 2 servings... Glad we have our own Halawat Timman! :-)

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