Halvah (alva) is an/a Asian/Turkish/east-European/middle eastern food made mostly from sugar and sesame seed (taan, tahan or tahini halvah). Several varieties of halvah are made from only sugar and flour. Most varieties of Halvah from the Balkan peninsula.
Indian varieties include a base of shredded carrot, chickpea flour, or cream of wheat.
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup butter or margarine
- 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 5 cups 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 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 spoon, form into balls and place on a serving plate.
- Serve warm