Halawat Timman ~ Iraqi Roasted Rice Flour Sweet



It is the 15th of the month, and time for the MENA Cooking Challenge! This month, we are going to Iraq. If you remember, I started participating in this challenge with Iraq, so now it has literally taken a full circle. I must say I have enjoyed my journey for this challenge and wish to continue as much as I can…


For this month, we were given three options – Pardah Pellau: a rice dish, preferably a biriyani topped with a pie crust, Lisan El Kathi: a baked dish with eggplants with meat mince, and Halawat Timman, a roasted rice flour dessert.. The suggestions were provided by Noor’s friend’s grandmother and were heritage recipes. No wonder I had a tough time trying to trace out the recipes, I don’t know how it was for all of them. Finally after searching a lot with various names on Google, I ended up on this link to make the Halawat Timman. My parents are still around, so I thought this was my safest way to cook and still be a part of this month’s challenge. Last Friday I got making this as our weekend dessert. I was really not sure how this would taste. It sounded very similar to the Aatta ka Halwa, but with Arabian flavors. I tweaked the recipe a bit and was surprised how delicious this tasted. I did reduce the sugar a bit, and wished I had added the sugar mentioned in the recipe. πŸ˜€ It is a gluten free dessert, and a breeze to make. Off to the recipe…




5 from 3 votes

Halawat Timman ~ Iraqi Roasted Flour Sweet

Course Dessert
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1 tbsp rose water
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • Pistachios toasted and crushed for garnish


  • In a saucepan, boil the water and sugar for around ten minutes or till the sugar is completely melted. Add the cardamom and rose water and switch off.
  • Side by side, in a large saucepan, melt the butter. Toast the rice flour till it is well done and a nice aroma comes, around 10 minutes. Switch off the flame.
  • Pour the hot sugar syrup into the rice flour and constantly whisk till well combined.
  • Keep back on to a minimum flame and cook till the sweet starts leaving the saucepan when stirred.
  • Pour into a small pan, sprinkle with the pistachios. Allow it to cool.
  • You can either cut or scoop and enjoy it with a cup of black tea!


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  1. 5 stars
    What a simple yet elegant dessert! I love these Middle Eastern and Indian desserts that are so rich in flavor you can only eat a few bites. They are almost like a palate cleanser after a heavy meal. Such a contrast to Western desserts that get so much of their flavor from butter and cream.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      This was actually very light, compared to the other sugar syrup heavy desserts, I feel… very subtle in flavor and delicious too… Thank you so much Bibi…

  2. 5 stars
    I was really tempted to try this one but the parda plau won in the end
    I just might make it for the kids today or tomorrow

    Super excited to join you all in this wonderful club and cooking adventure

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      We are excited to have you too! Thank you so much Sawsan…

  3. I love these kind of easy cook recipes…. inshaallah will try very soon

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Nisa…

  4. it looks delicious! and easy too…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Nammi…

  5. ;-P we made the same dish! It was indeed a breeze lol! Even you did not add almonds! Lol! I was actually lazy to soak and peel etc.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Hehe… I always love to go for the easier bit… πŸ˜‰ Thanks a lot Fami…

  6. Very easy recipe I just saw in Famidha’s space…tempted to try it.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Amrita…

  7. Looks so delicious and love it’s simplicity.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Mayuriji…

  8. I am just here to say that I love these photos! <3

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Awww…. thank you so much Neelu! <3

  9. That looks so yummy and I love anything with rose flavor!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Priya…

  10. It looks like a wonderful rice dessert!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Angie…

  11. Sounds easy and looks Yummy

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Gloria…

  12. sneha datar says:

    Super easy and delicious sweet dish. Will try this soon.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sneha…

  13. Looks delicious. Happy I was able to participate in menaclub cooking this month itself

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Huma…

  14. That looks amazinh masha Allah. For some reason I wasn’t able to get the linky code and connect with you all πŸ™

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      I guess many of us had that problem this month… JazakAllah Khair Maryam…

  15. 5 stars
    I have been looking for this recipe for a long time. I tried to make it as they make it in Turkey , using semolina. Or, with ordinary wheat flour as they make it in my country. But, neither texture was right. Rice flour is a jack pot! Loved it.

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