Determined to make a Turkish dessert for the holidays, Umut taught me how to make semolina halva.
Below is our version and recipe for a lighter and healthier dessert.

 

semolina-halva

 

RECIPE:
semolina halva (English) / irmik helvası (Turkish)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup Oil
  • 1.5 cups Turkish Semolina (Irmik)
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • Pine Nuts (handful)
  • 1.5 cups Milk
  • .5 cup Water
  • Orange and Lemon Zest

COOKING TIME:
20 minutes

 

irmik-semolina

 

STEP 1
Mix the oil and semolina in a frying pan over medium heat and continuously stir until its golden brown in color.

 

semolina-halva-making

 

STEP 2
Add the sugar and pine nuts, stir and cook together until the pine nuts start to change color.

STEP 3
Add the milk and water, stir and cook together until it’s evenly mixed together.

 

semolina-halva-cooking

 

STEP 4
Add orange and lemon zest (Umut’s secret ingredient), mix together, and lower the heat. Close the lid and let sit for 20 minutes.

STEP 5
Turn the heat off the stove and let sit for 20 minutes before serving.

TO SERVE
It’s best to eat as is, or accompanied with vanilla ice cream.