Persian Halva

Halva means ‘ sweet’ in Arabic language. Halva is a kind of sweet, dense and rich desserts, usually made with plain flour – wheat flour – rice and semolina flour but might be made with vegetables such as carrots or pumpkins as well, mixed with sugar, saffron, rose water, cardamom or cinnamon.

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This pleasant dessert in every city and town is prepared differently and garnishing with slivered almonds, shredded coconuts or chopped pistachios.

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Ingredients
1 cup plain flour
½ cup butter
1 cup water
¼ cup rose water
1 cup white sugar or brown sugar
1tbsp  Saffron (if saffron is not available use 1/4 tsp turmeric)

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Preparation
In a pot with water, add sugar. Combine together and bring it to a boil. Add saffron water or turmeric. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes , then add rose water. Set aside to cool.

 


Place a pan on a low heat, and melt the butter. Pour flour into the pan. Stir the flour continuously until it turns into a brown colour. Slowly pour the sugar syrup in the flour- butter mixture and Stir it for 1-2 minutes until thickened.
Serve halva in dish and garnish with almond powder or pistachios and coconut powder.

 

 

 

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