X for Xalwa from Somalia | Corn Flour Halwa

Well as expected, I was struck with X. By then I must have searched high and low for something that would fit without giving in the temptation of using adjectives for this.

On a safe measure I decided to have this under international theme, hoping I would have something to blog about. During one of the email discussion when I had said that I am still searching for this letter, Vaishali quickly sent me the link to a website that had recipes from all over the world.

Celnet.Org boasts of dishes, classic to countries that I haven't heard about as well. And it has a huge directory of dishes that you won't even imagine about. So what followed next was reading through so many dishes that would fit perfectly to my needs. The recipe referred was Xalwa or Halwa made with Cornflour.
This led to so many other recipes for halwa that fitted so many other letters as well. Can you imagine I could have easily made a halwa and I can strike out my X, I, Z all in one shot. Of course I would have gone crazy cooking so many halwas.

As such I made this Xalwa after 10, with the kid sleeping and the elders watching TV. With FIL visiting us, I was safe in the thought I had a person who would not say no for this sweet. I have made corn flour differently and it is part of my cookbook. But the need for X made me attempt this dish. 

Xalwa is a traditional Somalian recipe for a classic staple of sugar and cornflour flavoured with cardamom that's cooked slowly with water over a low flame 

So for X, we have the Xalwa!

Xalwa from Somalia

Ingredients Needed: 

Cornflour / Cornstarch - 1 cup
Water - 1/2 cup

Sugar Syrup

Sugar - 1/2 cup
Water - 1 cup
Cardamom 2 pinches
Ghee - 2 tsp
Roasted nuts

How to prepare Xalwa

Whisk together the cornflour and water to form a smooth paste. 

To make the sugar syrup, mix water with the sugar in a large pot until the sugar dissolves and starts boiling.

Add the cardamom powder and gradually stir-in the cornflour mixture and add a tsp of ghee. 

Mix thoroughly until everything combines. Heat on medium heat, stirring continuously with a wooden spoon until the mixture starts leaving the sides. 

Now add the remaining ghee and continue cooking for some more time.

Finally add the roasted nuts and serve


The original recipe says this gets cooked over 3 hours. I am not sure how, maybe the quantity used would take that long. However since I made with just a cup of flour, and used a non stick pan, this got done flat 15 mins or less.

They had garnished it with peanuts and sesame seeds. Somehow I struck to cashews. Maybe that would have tasted differently.

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