Find a Recipe

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Halawet Ahmad Recipe| Zeinabs Fingers Recipe~Omani Cuisine

Omani cuisine Recipes

For my next letter O I chose Oman , there is No other go I was surprised to see there is only a single country starting with letter O. Oman is another Arab state  in southwest Asia which is officially called Arabian peninsula.The cuisine here is influenced by the neighboring middle eastern countries and have some similar dishes prepared here.Here the staple food is curry, cooked meats , rice  and vegetables.The main meal is had in the mid day and dinner is usually lighter.A Omani table is said ti be not complete with seafood, the cuisine is similar to Asian and so you can see biryani's famous here even. Again I chose two fantastic dessert as Arab countries are famous for their varieties of sweets and desserts they relish. I chose one fried and one non fried dessert from omani cuisine which a very popular in the country  and most popularly prepared for ramadan  . Zainabs fingers are generally made with samosa pastry sheets  here I have made with the filling inside but they are also made with out filling in lebanese cuisine too. They make a separate kind of dough for without filling one and give the impression on a strainer. I also made halawet ahmad which is some what similar to our semiya kesari But the addition of almond pd and coconut makes is sure super sinful. I used colored vermicelli to make them but you can also use the plain normal ones. My H loved both the sweets a lot and he enjoyed them a lot, he liked the zeinabs Fingers a lot more where as I like the halawet ahmed..Lets move on to the recipes now. I adapted both the recipe from Nestle

Oman recipes

Traditional omani recipes

Omani sweets recipes

Omani vermicelli halwa

Halawet Ahmad

                                  Recipe Category
    Preparation time
   Cook Time 
5 mins
10 mins

halwa recipes   Ingredients

  Vermicelli - 1/2 cup
  Butter - 1 tbsp
  Almonds pd - 1 tbsp
  Grated Coconut- 1 tbsp
  Condensed Milk -1 cup
  Crushed Pistachios - For garnish

  • In a sauce pan melt butter and add vermicelli .
  • Roast the vermicelli till light brown.
  • Add 1/4 cup water and cook the vermicelli till it is half done.
  • Add condensed Milk, almond pd and coconut.
  • Mix them well and cook it till the mixture comes together and vermicelli cooks. Don't over cook the vermicelli.
  • Once the mixture thickens a bit and vermicelli is cooked turn off the flame and let it cool before you transfer it to a mold.
  • When it cool downs a bit but still warm take a bowl and press the vermicelli in it.
  • Invert the bowl in a serving plate and garnish it with Crushed Pistachios.

Omani recipes

Omani cuisine Recipes

Omani desserts

Zeinabs Fingers

                                  Recipe Category
    Preparation time
   Cook Time 
30 mins
15 mins

Easy Snacks Recipes  Ingredients 
  Samosa pastry sheet- 15 sheets
  For syrup
  Sugar - 1 cup
  Water - 1/2 cup
  Lemon juice - 1/2 tsp
  Saffron strands - few ( optional)
  For filling 
  Condensed Milk -1 cup ( more if needed)
  Cream cheese- 3/4 cup
  Corn flour - 4 tbsp
  Water - 1/4 cup
  For sealing 
  All purpose Flour - 2 tbsp
  Water- 4 tbsp
  Oil for Deep Frying

  • For the syrup in a sauce pan take sugar and water and boil them till the sugar melts and the syrup starts bubbling.
  • Add lemon juice and saffron to it, mix well and keep it aside.
  • Now to prepare the filling Mix condensed Milk , beaten cream cheese and mix them well.
  • In a bowl mix corn flour and water and dilute them.
  • Add the cornflour mixture to the cream cheese mixture and simmer.
  • Mix them well till the filling thickens, stir them constantly and then turn off the flame.
  • Cool the filling well.
  • Prepare the sealing paste by mixing all purpose flour with water.
  • Now its till to fill the samosa pastry and roll them.
  • Take a sheet of pastry and add 1 tbsp of the filling on top center.
  • Fold the edges as shown and roll them gently to form fingers.
  • when the roll is about to get the end apply some all purpose flour so that it will act as glue to stick the edges well.
 Zeinabs Fingers Recipe with step by step pics
  • Roll all the pastry sheet the same way and keep ready.
  • Heat oil in a kadai and once hot fry the shaped rolls without over crowding the oil.
  • Fry them them till they turn golden brown.
  • Serve them with some sugar syrup drizzled o them.

Fried snacks Recipes

Omani zeinabs fingers

Oman is famous for its special onami halwa I have shared the recipe earlier . The halwa is served to all their guest show the hospitality.

Omani halwa sweets


  1. Beautiful presentation! Colorful vermicelli is inviting and zeinabs fingers look delicious. You are back on a desserts spree.. :) I don't blame you though, all I wanted to try from the Arab countries is desserts.

  2. Both the dishes are looking awesome!..what a feast..

  3. both looks awesome! what a virtual treat!

  4. Both looks extremely gorgeous and dangerously addictive, i want that plate of zeinab's fingers anytime, would love to munch them happily..

  5. Lovely presentation and both dishes look great!

  6. Excellent presentation Manjula! And tempting desserts!!

  7. what a way to present this Manjula, simply awesome...this is mind words to appreciate the beauty and the recipes are beautiful too

  8. I have to admit that I love the pics. They always look fresh and vibrant, very sharp. Both the dishes look and sound great. Those fingers are on my ASAP to do list.

  9. Both the Omani desserts look amazing. Those fried ones look so crispy and yumm!!

  10. That colorful vermicelli make this simple halwa more appealing and love to lay my hands on those sweet fingers. :)

  11. Even I made zainab's finger and loved it so much. The colourful looking halawat ahmad is super inviting...

  12. I have the same colorful vermicelli at home now and you are tempting me so much to make this

  13. Such a delicious recipe, wish we could stay somewhere near, i would atleast come and taste these beauties. Zainab fingers is defintely a famous recipe and i planned to do halawat ahmed too, but then changed mind!!!

  14. The colorful vermecelli dish is really very pretty and that plate of fingers is really tempting.Love your pics!

  15. Droooooooooooooooooooooooling. Love the recipe wish I could get it off the screen.


Thank you for Visiting desi fiesta and dropping your wonderful comments , Your comments means a lot to me :) . My gentle request to all the readers plz do not give links in the comment box .. I will visit your blogs for sure, trust me !! :)