Halwa is a glutinous sweet rather like Turkish delight. It is beyond delicious, but calorie laden so be warned!
This recipe allows you to have your gluten free and dairy free cake and eat it too! In Somali, we call the cake macsharo. In Swahili it is called mkate wa sinia, which means ‘bread of the platter’ because it is traditionally made using a large platter called sinia.
These delicately spiced biscuits (or as we generally call them in Somali – buskud) are usually made for the Eid festivals, birthdays and weddings. The week before Eid, Somali homes are filled with the delicious aroma of baking and a frenzy of cleaning to get ready for the festival.
Malawah is a plate sized sweet pancake that is perfect for breakfast or as snack anytime during the day. While there are slight variations in how Somalis make this pancake, this particular recipe with its fragrant touch of cardamom is how I like my malawah.