Halva means ‘ sweet’ in Arabic language and is a kind of sweet, dense and rich dessert, usually made with plain flour – wheat flour – rice, sesame paste 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.
Halve is one of the most favourite desserts in the Middle East countries such as Iran, Turkey, Arabic countries around the Persian Gulf and even in North Africa and East Europe.
For making halva apart from vegetable oil we add butter or ghee as well, because butter or ghee gives nice flavour.
1 cup wheat flour
1 cup plain flour
½ cup Ghee
½ cup sunflower oil
1 ½ cups sugar
1 ½ cups water
½ cup rose water
1 tbsp saffron water
1 tsp grounded cardamom ( optional)
First I prepared chocolate flames. Melt the candy butter. Spread on parchment paper until cool and dried. Use a knife or toothpick and pull out different sizes of flame shape. Once you created flames, fridge them until halva get ready.
Now, Place a saucepan over low heat and add flours . Stir flour continuously until it turns into brown colour (it would take about 30-40 minutes). Now add Ghee and vegetable oil and combine well. Keep stirring and let to cook for next 10 minutes. Remove from the heat.
In another pot, add the sugar to 1 ½ cups of water, and bring it to a boil. Add Saffron water, rose water and cardamom and stir it. After 2 minutes remove it from the heat.
Once the flour is ready pour the syrup over it, but do not pour all syrup at once. Put the saucepan back over the medium heat. Stir it for 1-2 minutes until mix well and become dense. Now halva is ready.