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Persian Halva

Posted on 2011-01-11
Persian Halva

Halva is a popular Iranian dessert. It is a very tasty, sweet and rich dessert. Here is the step by step instruction with photo for making Persian halva.

Yield: Serves 8

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup rosewater (you can find it at any Iranian store)
  • 1 1/2 cups cooking oil (liquid)
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground saffron
  • slivered pistachios for garnish

Place sugar, saffron and water in a small pot and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Add the rosewater and mix well. Set the syrup aside.

Persian Halva

Place the all-purpose flour and rice flour in a large pot. Toast over medium heat for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently.

Persian Halva

Then add the oil and mix well.

Persian Halva

Stir constantly over medium heat.

Persian Halva

Continue stirring until the color is brown and you feel the smelling of cooked flour (it will take a while, be patient! Just do not burn the flour, you have to stir constantly). Once the flour is ready, remove from the heat.

Persian Halva

Add the syrup and stir very quickly until halva thickens (just be careful when you add the syrup, it will start to sizzle because the flour mixture is very hot).

Persian Halva

Place Halva in a dish and flatten with the back of a spoon. Garnish with slivered pistachios.

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Posted by Amy on 2016-09-22
Great, Great, Great! That is all I can say for your recipe.

Posted by Rokgoo on 2015-06-09
This is a nice recipe. I only change it slightly. I take only whole-wheat flour and no more rice flour. Thanks.

Posted by Daniela on 2014-01-05
OMG! the halva tasted great! today, my mom and I made the halva and the taste was so good! it smells excellent. To bad I didn't put halva on my schools recipe. Thanks so much for the wonderful recipe!!

Posted by Roya on 2013-12-06
thank you so much

Posted by Nasrin Damavandi on 2012-09-28
Made your recipe for halva turned ou wonderful thanks for great direction also the fact your recpie contain rice flour made it more great two thumbs up for great recpie.

Posted by ava on 2012-08-09
great recipe , tried it just now tastes amazing (:

Posted by Jackie on 2012-02-08
I made this last night,it turned out great,Thanks!

Posted by Sepideh on 2011-01-17
Shabnam Joonam!!! I tried your Halva recipe:)) OMG it turned out great:DD thank you so much! your website is AWESOME... keep up your delicious work:*

Posted by Hany on 2011-01-12
I want this sooo much!

Posted by Bijan on 2011-01-12
like it

Posted by Maryam on 2011-01-11
A great dish and NOT too sweet!

Posted by Gelareh on 2011-01-11
I love Halva. will make it soon :) Thanks

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