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Halva Safarani حلوا زعفرانی

Halva Safarani حلوا زعفرانی

The Persian Halva Safarani حلوا زعفرانی is very different from the Halva you know from Turkish or Arabic stores. This recipe is an old and classic version made from wheat flour and oil or butter. Saffron is responsible for a beautiful color and at the same time revitalizes the soul. Sugar adds sweetness, rose water a light floral aroma and warming cardamom a light tangy citrus note. It is an uncomplicated yet spectacular dessert that is also very popular eaten with Nan-e Barbari for breakfast. Halva means “sweet” and dates back to 7th century Persia. If you prepare it with oil like I did in this recipe, you even have a delicious vegan dessert. Let it melt in your mouth!

HALVA FOR SPECIAL CEREMONIES

Halva is a traditional Persian dessert that is prepared since centuries for various ceremonies as nazri, for example, at a mourning ceremony, funerals, Ramadan or even joyful events. During the preparation, we think of the beloved person and then hand out halva to the poor, neighbors, family and friends. In Germany, for funerals, for example, the Freud und Leid cake (butter/sugar cake) is prepared. However, Halva is not a cake, but rather a kind of confection. I prepared it in memory of my beloved father, as it is the annual anniversary of his passing. This ritual helps to handle the sorrow and express the love for the passed away person. Halva contains sugar, which immediately increases blood sugar, saffron has an anti-depressive effect, rose water relaxes the nerves and calms the body. Thus, Halva with its sweet, nutty taste gives a little comfort in times of mourning.

Halva Safarani حلوا زعفرانی

TOASTED FLOUR

For this traditional recipe, the flour is first toasted in a pan without oil. You may also know this by “Toasted Flour”. Why do we toast the flour? The toasted flour gains a special flavor and also the color changes during the toasting process. For this, place some flour through a sieve in the pan without adding fat(butter) or oil, turn the stove to medium heat and toast the flour while stirring constantly until it starts to become fragrant. Stirring prevents the flour from burning, otherwise it will turn bitter. The whole process takes about 15 minutes. If you want to have a deep color, you can even continue roasting the flour for up to 45 minutes. Nowadays, this process is skipped and the flour is mixed directly with the oil in the pan. However, I believe that roasting the flour gives the halva an even more intense flavor. You can use the roasted flour as usual for baking cookies, cakes or bread. It is also great for thickening sauces and soups.

Halva Safarani حلوا زعفرانی

HALVA VERSIONS

Halva has in Teb-e Sonati a Persian traditional medicine, warm attributes. Besides Sholeh Zard- saffron rice pudding, Fereni – rice cream with raspberry puree and pashmak, Toot – marzipan confection, Kachi and Baghlava, Halva is a typical and very popular Persian dessert. There are an incredibly large number of different halva versions and preparation methods. Depending on the region, other flours, spices, vegetables, nuts or fruits are added. Sometimes it is prepared with rice flour, then it is called Tar Halva, this version is even vegan and gluten-free. If it is prepared with whole wheat flour, it is especially nutritious. Its also sometimes prepared with a mixture of three types of flour, as in Halva Se Ardeh, which is made with wheat, rice and chickpea flours. Some also use grape syrup instead of sugar for halva, this is even supposed to be the original version when no sugar existed at all.

Halva Khorma is prepared from dates and it is also known by many as Ranginak. In Hamadan, we have Halva Zardeh, and here even eggs are added to the paste. In other regions, halva sheer is often prepared with milk. Halva Ardeh is tahini-based and may also contain whole pistachios. Ardeh is a sesame paste and is often sweetened with syrup. Usually, Halva is also prepared with cooked pureed carrots, pistachios, almonds, walnuts, ginger, chocolate, with coffee, or many other ingredients. Decorating halva is very artistic and everyone is free to decorate it according to their taste.

Halva Safarani حلوا زعفرانی

INGREDIENTS SAFFRON SYRUP

1 tsp saffron threads* ground

280 g sugar

250 ml water

1/4 tsp cardamom powder*

50 – 80 ml rose water*

INGREDIENTS HALVA

140 ml oil or butter

280 g flour

DECORATION (optional)

10 Pistachio sticks

1 Rose petal

PREPARATION SAFFRON SYRUP

Grind saffron threads finely in a mortar and add one or two ice cubes and let them melt. Add sugar and water to a saucepan and heat until sugar is dissolved, do not bring to a boil. Add saffron threads and cardamom powder and add according to taste more or less rose water, remove from heat and set aside.

PREPARATION HALVA

In the classic version, the flour is sifted through a sieve in a coated pan with high sides and roasted over medium heat without adding any oil until the flavor rises. During this process, the flour is constantly stirred with a wooden spoon until the fragrance rises, which takes about 15 minutes. Sift the toasted flour again and return it to the pan, adding the oil. Continue stirring until a smooth and golden roux is formed. Stir constantly till the creamy paste has no clumps and changes color and becomes a little darker, this will take about 10 minutes. Some like halva very dark others a little lighter, it’s a matter of taste. The longer you roast it the darker the paste will be.

Add saffron syrup and keep stirring until the paste is combined. Stir until the paste no longer sticks to the bottom. After about 5 minutes, take the pan in your hand and move the paste back and forth in the pan until it comes off the pan and you have a large clump, the paste is now ready. Transfer to a flat serving plate and smooth the surface with the back of an oiled spoon, rounding the sides nicely. Press patterns into it with a spoon and a knife or even a glass. If you don’t like the look, you can easily smooth it back and decorate again. Garnish as desired with the pistachios and rose petals.

Halva is best enjoyed with a delicious chai or with Barbari bread.

BEFARMAYID!

Susan

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Halva Safarani حلوا زعفرانی

Halva Safarani حلوا زعفرانی

Let it melt in your mouth!

Course Dessert, persian dessert, sweets
Cuisine iran, iranian food, persian cuisine, Persian Food
Keyword Halva Safarani حلوا زعفرانی
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 10 people
Author Labsalliebe

Ingredients

INGREDIENTS SAFFRON SYRUP

  • 1 tsp saffron threads freshly ground
  • 280 g sugar
  • 250 ml water
  • 1/4 tsp cardamompowder
  • 50-80 g Rose Water

INGREDIENTS HALVA

  • 140 ml oil or butter
  • 280 g flour

DECORATION (optional)

  • 10 Pistachio sticks
  • 1 Rose petals

Instructions

PREPARATION SAFFRON SYRUP

  1. Grind saffron threads finely in a mortar and add one or two ice cubes and let them melt.

  2. Add sugar and water to a saucepan and heat until sugar is dissolved, do not bring to a boil.

  3. Add saffron threads and cardamom powder and add according to taste more or less rose water, remove from heat and set aside.

PREPARATION HALVA

  1. In the classic version, the flour is sifted through a sieve in a coated pan with high sides and roasted over medium heat without adding any oil until the flavor rises. During this process, the flour is constantly stirred with a wooden spoon until the fragrance rises, which takes about 15 minutes.

  2. Sift the toasted flour again and return it to the pan, adding the oil. Continue stirring until a smooth and golden roux is formed. Stir constantly till the creamy paste has no clumps and changes color and becomes a little darker, this will take about 10 minutes. Some like halva very dark others a little lighter, it’s a matter of taste. The longer you roast it the darker the paste will be.

  3. Add saffron syrup and keep stirring until the paste is combined. Stir until the paste no longer sticks to the bottom.

  4. After about 5 minutes, take the pan in your hand and move the paste back and forth in the pan until it comes off the pan and you have a large clump, the paste is now ready.

  5. Transfer to a flat serving plate and smooth the surface with the back of an oiled spoon, rounding the sides nicely.

  6. Press patterns into it with a spoon and a knife or even a glass. If you don’t like the look, you can easily smooth it back and decorate again.

  7. Garnish as desired with the pistachios and rose petals.

Recipe Notes

Halva is best enjoyed with a delicious chai or with Barbari bread.

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Halva Safarani حلوا زعفرانی

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