Persian Halva

Halva  حلوا  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

1/3tsp ground cardamom
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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Published by rozinaspersiankitchen

Hello everyone, my name is Rozina. I am Iranian with Azerbaijani roots. I was raised in Iran but I am living in Scotland. I am passionate about cooking and preparing meals for my family and friends. I tell them the story behind the meal, the pronunciation of their Iranian name and the spices that used in Persian cuisine. I am a photographer, a cooking teacher, and very interested to introduce Persian and Azerbaijani meals, desserts and beverages to people from different cultures, as I love to try food from all over the world. Iranian cuisine is a combination of rice with meat ( chicken, beef, lamb, fish, turkey), nuts, fruits, dried and fresh herbs and vegetables. Iranian food is a celebration of flavor, colour and spices such as: saffron, cinnamon, cardamom, turmeric, dried rose petals, dried limes, cumin, .... I share my recipes in Farsi/English along with step by step photos of preparation. I take all my own pictures. I have learned my traditional Persian and Azerbaijani recipes from my lovely mother, and she has learned from her mother. Over the years, I have experimented and learned more recipes. Some of my recipes are a fusion Western and Middle Eastern cuisine. Some are forgotten from Persian cooking tables and I try with posting and sharing those ones, to preserve them. All my recipes and pictures are property of rozinaspersiankitchen. I would be pleased if you would mention my site if you wish to use any of them. So, if you are interested to know about Persian /Azerbaijani food taste, you can try my website. I will be glad to hear your ideas about my recipes. :) Thank you for visiting my website.

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