Thursday, November 17, 2005

Halwa Muskat..Sweet cake...



I have often said that Malaysia is fortunate to be a Multi cultural country... With that we have inherited many varieties of foods, cakes and cookies... And as the country became more sophisticated and the society became more knowledgeable... More and more foods are being put on the table as years goes on... Come the various festivals then we see more and more cakes and cookies appear, some are new but the traditional one still stay...One of our favorite is the Sweet cake that we call the Halwa Muskat, which I believed originated from the Middle East.... When my dad was running a restaurant, he would make the Halwa Muskat for sale during the Ramadan and now our family try to keep that tradition alive by doing the same either on the Hari Raya Haji [ Eid Adha ] or the Hari Raya Puasa [ Eid Mubarak ]...The ingredients are simple... It is made with ordinary white flour, ghee, Sugar, Vegetable Oil and some cuts cashews nuts.. But making this Halwa is not that easy..., it actually need patience and lots of labor...For it had to be cook slowly with slow fire using a solid bronze/copper pan...If the fire is too strong it would not turn alright...And in doing the cooking of this special Halwa..Patience is the essence of creating a perfect and nourishing Halwa Muskat...So it would be advisable to do it for the Eid Adha festival, for before this festival we do not have to fast unlike the Eid Mubarak.. After experiencing the making of this special for so many years, we learn through experiences that we could do it much early before the festival and than freeze it in the freezer and when the time of the festival comes...Just thawed it and re cook it like before and...Voila you get a great Halwa Muskat, fresh and tasty as usual.. In much shorter time...I love this special and it is on the table come the festival time...So friends as the saying goes, "God gave us brain so that we may have roses in Winter", It is indeed true...In this case in a way we could have this Halwa in mere instance.... Have a nice day...

7 comments:

hadifah said...

hi there, i read ur blog about HALWA MASKAT, make me remember my late grandma, every hari raya coming, she will always asked me to order Halwa Maskat.... there's alot of other traditonal food that i used to eat...raised by late grandparent make me learn so many many thing...beside Halwa maskat i also love Arisa ....

5xmom ~chanlilian.net~ said...

Hello Pak Idrus,
Salam.

So this is what halwa maskat is! I saw them in the Indian shops selling sweets and never try. After reading this, I sure will make a trip to get some.

Nice blog here!

abdullahjones said...

saya suka ini!

Pak Idrus said...

Hadifah, 5xmom, abdullahjones, thanks for visiting...I am glad that this posting touches us all in a way..have a nice day..

anasalwa said...

Pak Idrus,
I can't remember when was the last time I had halua maskat, but I still remember how sweet it was. Maneh melecaih...as penangites expression. thank you for sharing it with us.

Pak Idrus said...

anasalwa, how I wish we have the technology to transport Atom like we do with bits now, then you could sample this halwa...

Puan Habibah said...

Helo Pak Idrus.

My wife produce the Halwa Maskad traditionally.. Feedback from customer is excellent.
Contact : 019 4567 473, email : warisan.emak@yahoo.com

http://www.mudah.my/li?ca=3_s&th=1&q=halwa+maskad&cg=0&w=1