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Dera Ismail Khan, a city of Sohan Halwa

Dera Ismail Khan is a very beautiful city in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.

Bazaars in this city are centered in the area called “Chowgalla”.
“Chowgalla” means “the area that four roads begin”, and literally, there are four main streets; Topanwala Bazaar, Muslim Bazaar, Kalan Bazaar, and Bhatiya Bazaar.

Dera Ismail Khan is famous for dates as we reported before, and also for mangoes. Particularly, Langra Mango is popular Pakistan.

Furthermore, Dera Ismail Khan is famous for a traditional sweets “Sohan Halwa”. This sweets is popular in Pakistan and the Gulf Countries for its lip-smacking taste.


You will see Sohan Halwa shops everywhere in the city, but many of them are located in Topanwala Bazaar.
Many people in this city earn their living by selling Sohan Halwa.

Sohan Halwa is usually cooked with milk, sohni (ingredient made from flour), Maida flour, butter and sugar. This sweets is served to the guests at major festivals in Pakistan (like Eid).


You can see a variety of Sohan Halwa in Dera Ismail Khan. According to an owner of a Sohan Halwa shop in Topanwala Bazaar, 11 types of Sohan Halwa including with 8 different dried fruits, almonds, sugar-free, fat-free, etc. are sold.

Price is different depending on the type, and it ranges from 180 Pakistan Rupee (about 155 Japanese Yen) to 300 Pakistan Rupee (about 260 Japanese Yen) per kilo.


At bazaars, you can choose a type of packaging from cardboard box, tin box, and plastic box. Cardamom, coconuts, peanuts, almonds, walnuts, pistachio are used not only for flavor but also for decoration.

Many Pakistani deserts are very attractive and tasty. We cannot talk about “good food” without sweets like Kheer (rice pudding), Firni (custard), and of course Sohan Halwa.

As there is even an Urdu saying “Eat sweets first, work second”, sweets is very important in Pakistan.

September 22, 2011 in Pakistan |