Friday, 25 January 2013

1,2,3,4 - Greek Halva - receipe

Dear reader,
Language confusion can be quite entertaining. Take words that mean something in your language but something completely different in other languages. I am very intrigued by Hindi language and determined to master it  - to some extent, but it is sooo different. If you remember I have tried to, and Hindi Crash Course Take 2 may well come up soon. It's fun, and people are smiling when I try out my Ap kese he? The respond is usually not understandable for me, but sometimes words occur which I really feel I have heard before.. For example, when visiting an Indian friend the other day, she proudly announced: Oh, now I will introduce you to a lovely Indian Sweet. Halva.

Halva?! What? Come on! Its called the same thing in Greek. And it turned out it was veery similar - made with semolina and lots of sugar and lots of butter. Oh yes, halva was definately halva. So of course we had to make it the Greek way and exchange and share the halva-experience with our Indian friends. You will soon understand why this recipe is called 1,2,3,4 halva..


You need:
1 cup with half butter, half oil
2 cups of semolina (rava in hindi)
3 cups of sugar ( 1 1/2 - 2 cups is more than enough really)
4 cups of water
2 cinnamon sticks
If wanted you can also add grated lemon/orange peel, chopped almonds and raisins.

You do:
In a pan mix the sugar and cinnamon sticks with water and heat until the sugar is dissolved.
In another pan, brown the semolina a little bit in a pan. If you want almonds add them towards the end. Add the butter/oil. Mix a little bit. Remove from heat.
Add the sugarwater (and grated peel from lemon/orange) to the semolinamix and stur until it looks like porridge. Leave a little to cool off, pull into forms and leave to cool. Sprinkle over some cinnamon powder.

Tip: I thinks it gets extra tasty if you add some grated lemon peel. Yoummie! And then:

You enjoy!

Good evening from Mumbai. Stay tuned!

Greek halva with strawberries



  1. Thank you so much for posting the Indian names of ingredients to Greek recipes! I really appreciate it!

  2. Thank you for nice feedback! Hope you liked the receipe if you get to try it out:-)


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