Halwa Showaiter

Showaiter family, based in Muharaq, are in the sweets business for over 150 years. Halwa is one of their flagship products and undoubtedly the best in Bahrain, if not the region. Golden, Red, Green… with cashew, almonds… it comes in many flavours and colours. While I visited their factory in Muharaq, two pans were in burning fire in the making of Royal Halwa and Red Halwa. The photos are mostly of the former, which is also known as Halwa Malaiki.

Let’s take a tour around their factory and the magnificent shop-the Hussain Mohd. Showaiter Sweets.

Smoke arising from the bubbling halwa-to-be is a good sign that all is going well. However, one has to be following the process so keenly or the right point be missed.

Long spatula with rounded tips are used to scramble the ingredients incessantly-the key to a perfect product. Better if done with a smile…

Additional ingredients are added as the process progresses…

And the time comes to see if everything goes as it should. Nothing more than a test would suffice…

Once the desired consistency is reached, the contents are scooped on to another pan swiftly.

Pans are filled with halwa awaiting to be taken out…

The pans are moved to the shop for filling up containers which are then packed. The pack itself carries views of Bahrain and would make a wonderful souvenir for a gift.

Even better than the souvenir is the heavenly halwa (Halwa Malaiki or Royal Halwa) inside the pack that leaves an unforgettable sensation in ones’ palate lasting for a long time. Perfect with a cup of gahwa.

Thanks to one man and his relentlessly hardworking team who make all this possible… The design of the shop was also done by Mr. Mohd Al-Ghareeb himself – a great business person and an artist.

After the tour, we spent some time in his office. The hospitality was, indeed, sweeter than the halwa and warmer than the sulaimani.


25 responses

  1. Very informative, great series of shots.

    Liked by 1 person

    May 19, 2011 at 08:55

    • Sheen

      Thanks 🙂


      May 19, 2011 at 09:12

  2. NAZIR


    Liked by 1 person

    May 19, 2011 at 09:21

    • Sheen

      Thanks Nazir…


      August 8, 2011 at 16:50

  3. Philip VT

    Great Photo Sheen… Instead of manual stirring, they should devise an electrical stirrer… More you stir , better will be the taste…..

    Liked by 1 person

    May 19, 2011 at 10:28

  4. Jomy

    Excellent!! Sheen, don’t forget to pass me one of the many Halwa boxes that you’ve been gifted :))

    Liked by 1 person

    May 19, 2011 at 11:24

  5. Laurine Sequeira



    May 19, 2011 at 14:35

  6. Jisa

    Thankyou Sheen for sharing those wonderful moments you have spent in the Halwa shop. And I bet atleast some of us have plans to make a visit to this shop.

    Liked by 1 person

    May 19, 2011 at 15:39

  7. swetha

    excellent story telling n grt lighting..

    Liked by 1 person

    May 19, 2011 at 20:24

  8. Baji

    Great pictures and interesting write-up….


    May 20, 2011 at 06:47

  9. Elcie Nacional

    nice pictures sheen!

    Liked by 1 person

    May 21, 2011 at 09:31

    • Sheen

      Hope you shared the pics with Gab and Chris…


      June 6, 2011 at 12:39

  10. Great post sheen. Though I know this shop never had the chance to go to the place where they make these stuff. You mentioned he is an artist, in what category he is artistically talented, could have included some details of his art…

    I understand that you are interested in documenary photography which i like too, why dont we do some projects in the future. Let me know


    Liked by 1 person

    May 21, 2011 at 14:23

  11. Sheen

    Thanks for all the comments… and to my wonderful friends whose words matters most to me.


    May 23, 2011 at 09:09

  12. Sujatha


    Liked by 1 person

    May 24, 2011 at 15:46

    • Sheen

      Thanks Sujatha 🙂


      June 6, 2011 at 12:38

  13. Geo

    The crisp white of his heavy dress is in severe contrast to the heat and fumes from the halwa cauldron.
    Halwa is a turkish word. I guess the origins of the halwa street of Kozhikode is connected to Arabia and Turkey.
    Is the halwa rubbery ? I guess that a good halwa should be playful as rubber. Is coconut (copra dried inside the nut) one of the ingredients ?
    Is halwa popular throughout the Gulf ? I haven’t seen it much in the goodies bags brought by our relatives in the Gulf. They bring dry fruits, nuts, chocolates etc.


    April 24, 2014 at 15:15

  14. Yummy shots! 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    July 1, 2014 at 11:31

    • Sure they are Pamela… :)) the halwa and the yellow arabic coffee goes perfectly hand-in-hand…


      July 1, 2014 at 11:47

  15. hope to try these some day 🙂 are they similar to omani halwa?


    October 20, 2014 at 09:44

  16. Fascinating !


    December 10, 2014 at 20:18


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