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