Saturday, July 25, 2009


In an afternoon, when you are free at home and do not know what do you like to eat or even to do, cooking a dish of "Halva" is a good solution!
"Halva" is a kind of Persian dessert which is often served at Ramadan month, religion parties and also at commemorate for dead people. There is also a nice custom in Iran that people cook Halva sometimes on Thursday evenings and parcel it as a charity because of their dead relatives.
In any case, Halva is a delicious dessert with sweet taste!


Rice flour
Wheat flour
Chickpea flour


JM said...

Everything looks absolutely delicious! I would try a bit of all as I don't think I ever tasted iranian food. The closest I've been was in Turkey...

lemon said...

We make halva in Greece also, with some small differences. No cardamom but wallnuts and orange trims inside, and lot of cinnamon on top!
Also, no rice flour but half white flour and half semolina.
I like it very very much!

(chickpea you mean semolina?)

Sarah said...

Do you name it Halva, too?
No, chickpea is a kind of gram. We have diffrent kinds of "halva". One of them is with walnut. sometimes with grape's sap...

lemon said...

Yes, we name it exactly the same, halva!
But we do not have many kinds, just one:
Sorry, I was wrong before, about the flour.
Just semolina to mix in olive oil on the fire, then put inside hot water with sugar melted in it. When it becomes thick, put orange/lemon trims and wallnuts/almonds. When ready, a lot of cinnamon powder on top.

Anyway, by the name I believe that it came to Greece by the east countries, Turkey maybe, or Egept, and even your country-we are not very far away, e?!

lemon said...

We also use the word kiofte (I saw a previous post of yours) but the meat balls are more like the kotlet that you describe above and less like your koofteh. But meatballs after all!!

I like this blog of yours very much!

Rahul said...

Nice Blog...we have Halwa in India as well...and it's somewhat similar and we do it with semolina, sugar, milk/water, raisins, cardamom etc....

It's amazing how much foods have travelled around the world, I had travelled to Iran on business and was amazed to find so many foods I thought were Indian there....for instance, we have a very very good dessert called Falooda which we serve with a kind of Ice-Cream called Kulfi...I was amazed to find Faloodeh in Iran, I guess that is where it came from.... (but if you can try Indian Kulfi Faloodah I guess its better, but then I am Indian....)

same with paneer and Kofta. Barbary bread and Paneer and Chelo kabab koobideh is what i always think of whenever i read any news on Iran.... In fact I got to this blog search for Koobideh (dreaming of meat...), very nice pictures, nice blog :-)