Persian Sesame Tahini Halva( Halva Ardeh)

Halva is one of most favourite desserts in the  Middle East countries such as Iran, Turkey, Arabic countries around the Persian Gulf, and even in North Africa , East Europe….The halva means sweet and usually most type of halva are dense.

And the Sesame tahini halva ( halva shekari) made from sesame paste and is just piece of heaven in your plate. Soooooo delicious, so rich, with dried -crumbly texture, and fulllllll of taste and garnished with pistachio. Oh my God you have to taste it.


Ardakan city in Yazd province in centre of Iran is well known for making high quality Sesame halva.. It’s said, sesame halva was invented around 500 years ago in Iran. One of Iranian kings was looking for a simple -nutritious food which could be easily carried by his soldiers and do not need to be warmed up, therefore, top chefs invented Sesame tahini halva.



1 ½ cups tahini

1 cup icing sugar or powdered sugar

1 cup dried milk powdered

chopped pistachio



In a large bowl, mix dried milk powder and icing sugar. Add tahini and mix well together.



Cover your plate or bowl with plastic wrap. Pour some of halva mixture in the plate and press it down. Sprinkle some chopped pistachio on the halva paste. Then pour another layer of halva paste and sprinkle chopped pistachio and press it down.


Fold the plastic wrap. Refrigerate it for 24 hours and then serve it with a cup of tea or coffee.





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