Monday, 1 September 2008

Hem Halow

This dish when i first came across it was sickly sweet to me but over the years i have become accustomed to cooking it my way and omitting the meat as that's just too rich for my table, also the idea of sweet meat some how does not digest well. Apart from the fact my DH loves this dish in Ramadan, bear in mind small amounts are eaten at the time of breaking fast and i now like to have some as i suffer from low blood sugar and after a day of fasting and little of this before i have my soup is just right for the body's balance and i now see the benefit in this for our table alhamduialh.
Photobucket make a sugar syrup i used 1 cup of sugar and 1 1/2 cups of water i added Cinnamon sticks, green cardamons, dried ginger and ginseng for a spicy flavour. Allow this to simmer to a thickish syrups stirring when you can. Add 1 table spoon of ghee and the fruits in the bowl allow to simmer further for 5-7Min's and allow to cool.
I some times use fresh pears or apples and change the fruits but for this one i used figs, apricots , prunes, almonds and sultans


Umm Salihah said...

Assalam-alaikam Sister Rainbow,
The plate of fruit and nuts looks delicious. This dish reminds of me one that a Moroccan friends made with lamb, almonds and prunes. I'm used to a punjabi diet so its quite different to cook meat with sweet foods.

Ramadan kareem by the way.

Rainbow In The Grey Sky said...

Moroccan and Algeria foods are similar in most ways but i shhhh i like moroccan better yummy!

The dish you describe is a Tagine and i make that too very nice mashaAllah.

I to was raised on a Punjabi veg diet although we did eat meat but little and hardly any fish. Marrying someone outside my own culture has opened the door to many new flavours alhamduilah and we eat a very international diet also living in london and its mix of peep's also has influenced my diet mashaallah. Ramandan Kareem to you to sis hope the fast is going well!

Anonymous said...

I like the sound of the extra flavours. I think I'm going to give it a try when our ham halou is finished inshallah.Salaams, Ines

UmmAbdurRahman said...

I absolutely hate this dish. I don't know why but it's too sweet for me and the idea of eating sweet meat makes me want to puke. Having said that, I do think your fruits look quite yummy. Good thing isn't one of my husband's preferred ramadhan dishes. He can eat shorba fereek and bourek and totally be satisfied the entire month. mashaAllah.

wishing you a beneficial ramadhan.
~umm abdu

Anonymous said...

Assalaamu alaikum

It sounds a lot nicer without the meat - i am not a meat eater and I find that even when you pick the meat out the taste remains too strong in the syrup. Good iftar dish masha'allah!

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