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
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.
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.
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.