How to Make Arabic Halwa

Last week when I visited my friend, she served me halwa, because she knows that I love halwa. The halwa was made with all purpose flour and she said it is called Arabic halwa and she came across the recipe on the internet. I got the recipe from her and yesterday I made Arabic halwa at home, and it came out very well. Ghee and sugar are my weaknesses whenever I make any type of halwa because I use plenty of both. I also add plenty of nuts in my halwa. Here too I have added cashew nuts, raisins and pistachios, which were not included in the recipe. The choice is yours; you can omit it if not desired.

‘Halwa’ in Arabic means ‘sweetness’ and, it is derived from the root word ‘hilwa’, which means sweet, and it is used to describe any sweet of a pudding consistency. It is a very famous dessert in Arabia and it is served with tea or coffee. Halwa is pronounced as ‘hull-waa’ in Arabic. It is very easy to make and it is a simply awesome dessert to end a meal. Halwa is also served for occasions in a large earthenware bowl, of varying sizes.

Recipe for Arabic halwa


  • All purpose flour: 2 cups
  • Sugar: 1 ½ cup
  • Water: 1 cup
  • Ghee: ½ cup
  • Saffron threads: 4
  • Milk: 2 tbsp
  • Rose water: ¼ cup
  • Cashew nuts: 10
  • Raisins: 10
  • pistachios: 10


  • Mix the sugar and water. Boil the mixture till the sugar gets completely dissolved in the water and you get sugary syrup.
  • Mix the saffron in 2 tbsp of milk and keep aside.
  • Heat 2 tbsp of ghee in a pan. Add the raisins, cashew nuts and pistachios and roast for a few seconds, until the cashew nuts become light brown.


  • Heat 2 tbsp of ghee in a pan, preferably a non stick pan.
  • Add the all purpose flour and saute for a few minutes until the flour turns light brown.
  • Now add the sugar syrup, saffron and rose water and cook the mixture by stirring continuously.
  • Add ½ the quantity of ghee and keep cooking and stirring for a 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the remaining ghee and continue to stir till the halwa leaves the sides of the pan.
  • Switch off the flame.
  • Add the fried cashew nuts, raisins and pistachios and mix well.
  • Transfer the halwa into ramekins and allow to cool. Remove from ramekins and serve.
  • Or grease a tray with ghee. Pour the halwa into the tray. Wait for the halwa to cool. Cut into pieces and serve.

The Arabic halwa is very easy to make and it is very delicious too. Try it! I am sure you will like it!!!