How to make Halva

Sesame seeds based Halva with pistachios-from the Balkans
Sesame seeds based Halva with pistachios-from the Balkans

Halva-The world’s best dessert

Halva is a sweet delicacy that is popular in several countries specially; India, Palestinian, Greece, Romania, Cyprus, Israel, several Middle Eastern countries and Turkey. The similarity of the world Halva in other regions of the world in comparison with the Indian version suggests that it has origins in India.

Watch Indian style Semolina based Halva being made

What ever the origins, there are several types of Halva depending on which county it is made. For example in India and other countries of that region, it is usually made of Semolina (Suji). Semolina is a roughly ground hard durum wheat. Interestingly this type of Halva with minor variations is made in Armenia, Bulgaria, Albania, Cyprus, Greece and Turkey.

In north India, carrots are sometimes used in place of semolina, locally called the "gajar ka halwa" (gajar being carrots in Hindi as shown in the video). Many include pistachios and raisins in it.

South Asian Halva is typically made by lightly frying the semolina in ghee (clarified butter) and later adding milk and sugar. The Halva is usually served with coffee/tea or as a dessert and "after dinners". Most Indian children have gown up eating their mothers Halva.

Carrot Halwa

In the Mediterranean varieties sesame seeds or sunflower seeds, raisins, dates or other dried fruits and nuts are included. Many add, egg white, marshmallow root, Gypsophila (soap-root), cocoa powder, fruit juices, vanilla or chocolate.

Other varieties of Halva include, Floss halva, a specialty of Turkey. It is usually made by intertwining strands of halva into a shaped confectionary.

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Abhinaya 8 years ago

Halwa is the best dessert.Every region in India has its own special one.Carrot halwa is really the favourite.

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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America

This is great! I never knew how to make it before.

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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America

This is great! I never knew how to make it before.

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gabriella05 8 years ago from Oldham

Thanks for The recipe will try

Quality Tale 8 years ago

If you remember, there is one more like a desert (not the same) but it is truely sweet. We indians contribute it on the occasion of MAKARSANKRANTI. Although, it is nice desert to take a test.



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shailini 8 years ago from Bangalore, India

a big thumbs up. yumm!

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sailinggreece 8 years ago

I love Halva!

William Isaac 6 years ago

It is a good and simple instruction. Thanks. I love halva.

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burning bush 5 years ago

Those of us foodies really love halva. Good hub.

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