Soft, delicious, confection. The word halva (alternatively halwa, halvah, halava, helva, halawa etc.), originally derived from the Arabic root (sweet), is used to describe many distinct types of sweet confection, across the Middle East, Central Asia, South Asia, and the Balkans.
Halva based on semolina is popular in India, Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Another common type, based on tahini (sesame paste), is more popular in the eastern Mediterranean and Balkan regions, in countries such as Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Greece, Cyprus, Israel, Lebanon, Macedonia, Albania, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina Northern Cyprus, Syria, Central Asia, Caucasus region and Turkey as well as the Palestinian territories.
Halva may also be made from a variety of other ingredients, including sunflower seeds, various nuts, beans, lentils, and vegetables—such as carrots, pumpkins, yams, and squashes
Albanian Flour Hallva (Albanian Name: Hallvë)
Preparation time: 15 mins
Cooking time: 1 hr
- 1 glass flour
- 1 glass margarine
- 1 1/4 glasses granulated sugar
- 5 glasses water
Heat the margarine in a saucepan very gently, and Sauté the flour until golden brown in the margarine for 40 minutes over low to moderate heat. When the flour turns light golden, put the sugar and water in a separate saucepan and make the syrup by boiling gently. Add the syrup to the saucepan with flour and simmer for 20 minutes, and then take out small pieces of the Hallva with a wooden spool, form into balls and place on a serving plate. Serve warm.
Enjoy this Albanian Flour Hallva!