Friday, November 04, 2011

NaBloPoMo Day 4: Recipe! Halva

Several months ago, when I was working from home a lot, I would watch Channel 10s Everyday Gourmet cooking show most afternoons. I know, I am embarrassed about it now.

One day they had a special guest come on and make Halva and I've been desperate to make it every since. You can check out her recipe here.

 A couple of weeks after Inspector Climate and I had moved in together, I insisted that we buy the incredibly large tub of honey (seen below) in preparation for the day when we'd make halva.  Months later I finally purchased tahini to complete the very complex ingredients list.

Halva Recipe

1 cup hulled tahini
1 cup honey
some toasted chopped almonds (optional)
toasted sesame seeds (optional)

Mix together honey and halva until it forms a play doh like consistency:

Mix in almonds if using, and next time I don't think I would use them (Inspector Climate didn't like that he had to chew the almonds, but preferred to just let the halva melt in his mouth).

Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.  Then form into small balls and roll through the sesame seeds.

Keep them in the refrigerator, they'll last about a month; so they're perfect as "I'm starving but I'm cooking dinner and don't want to eat anything huge" snack.

After I visited Turkey and had tried Halva for the first time, I came home raving about it only to find that my dad used to make it all the time when my brothers were little and before I was born, and then stopped.  Thanks dad.

His recipe is a bit different to the one above and next time I make it, I think I'll combine both to develop a more yummy smack. 

He uses a bit of powdered milk in his to make them a bit more firm and take the kick out of the sweetness a bit.  I think that would really add to this recipe and that is definitely how I am going to make them next time.

Apparently both honey and tahini are aphrodisiac foods and give a boost to women's reproductive systems and hormones.

(I like to think I'm craving it because my ovaries are struggling...but maybe since they seem pretty ace at growing things (I'm talking to you Jorge), I should stop eating these foods?).

Regardless, I find Halva to be quite delicious. Have you had it?

(Hey, have you taken my survey? Go here to check it out - you could win Tim Tams!)


  1. I love Halva! And this recipe seems simple enough to follow. I especially love sesame seeds - yum! Off to do your survey, have a great day Deidre!

  2. Yum! Sounds like a good pre- or post-workout snack too!

  3. looks delicious! Turkey has always been on my top 5 places to go list.

  4. glad you've been to Turkey!!!! Did you post about it? :)

  5. I have never even heard of Halva before! This looks yummy though. ;)

  6. I always thought it was from Israel - but I guess there are variations from all over the globe. I wonder what almond paste or butter would do? Might have to try that!

  7. I always thought it was from Israel - but I guess there are variations from all over the globe. I wonder what almond paste or butter would do? Might have to try that!

  8. I have never tried it but it sounds great! I get low blood sugar (I turn into a monster, it's quite scary) so these would be perfect for that :)

  9. Never had it :-) But as I love pastry type things might have to have it. :-)

  10. I love Oriental pastries and they are easy to find in France. If I can find some tahini down here in Grenoble, I might just whip up a batch for Max and I :)

  11. I personally do not have a sweet tooth for these sort of Indian sweet-meats. Chocolate, on the other hand...

  12. I've always wanted to try halva, and this recipe is simple. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Vanisha - the recipe is SOO easy. And it is quite delicious!

    Token - TOTALLY yummy.

    Angela - It totally is! And considering what's in it, it's a fairly healthy treat too!

    Catherineelise - It's pretty amazing! The cistern in Istanbul is just fantastic!

    Ashley - I went a long time ago, so I am not sure that I have really posted about it!

    Teacher girl - it's delicious! And it's great that it lasts forever in the fridge too because even though the ingredients can be expensive it means it's a bit more economical.

    Laughing mom - It's very possible originated from Isreal, but several of those countries share similar foods.

    1904 blogger - SO YUM.

    Many colours of happiness - These would be TOTALLY perfect for that, they don't last great if you just throw them into your bag - they kind of melt.

    Oneika - definitely make them! So incredibly delicious.

    Crystal - Awesome, I thnk you could probably just make it if you grount sesame seeds into a paste as well.

    Prixie - Aw! Chocolate is delicious

    Alex - Hope you give it a try!

    Krysten - it's almost sinful how easy and yummy this recipe is!