Irmik helvası is a traditional and famous Turkish dessert that is often seen at party tables in Turkey. The halva is sometimes served alongside Turkish coffee at mourning ceremonies.
It is also one of the most important Ottoman desserts and was baked during the Ottoman Caliphate.
Ingredients (4 to 6 people)
- Semolina flour: 1 cup
- Liquid oil: 1/2 cup
- Rose: 1/2 cup
- Finely chopped walnuts: 1/4 cup
- Chopped pistachios and hazelnuts (optional): as needed
- For halva juice:
- Milk: 2 cups
- Sugar: 1 measure
- Cardamom powder: 1/2 teaspoon
- Cinnamon Powder: 1/2 teaspoon
- Saffron powder: the tip of a teaspoon
- Almonds: To the extent necessary
First, prepare the halva juice and set aside. To do this, mix milk and sugar in a saucepan and put on medium heat. When the sugar is completely dissolved in the milk, add the cardamom powder and cinnamon powder and mix. Make sure the milk does not boil just enough to dissolve the sugar.
Roast the semolina flour over medium heat for 10 minutes to get the raw smell and taste of the flour. During this time, stir the flour constantly so that it does not burn. As soon as the color of the flour changes, add oil to it and mix. When you smell good flour and oil, remove from the heat. This is a matter of taste. Some people like darker halva and fry the flour and oil for a longer time.
When the flour is the color you want, remove from the heat and add the halva juice to the flour and oil in a few steps and stir until smooth. In the last step, add rose and walnuts and, as desired, chopped pistachios and hazelnuts to the ingredients and mix.
Put the ingredients on a low heat and wait for the ingredients to crumble. When the halva reaches the desired concentration, pour it into the serotonin bowl. Be careful if you pour the halva into the bowl, dilute the halva, and if you pour it into the funnel and tube, make the halva thicker.
To decorate, take some halva and dissolve the saffron powder with two small ice cubes and add to it. Put it back on a low heat again to make the decoration halva thicker than the halva in the dish. Then remove from the heat and wait for it to cool a bit, then pour it into a funnel and shape it to your liking. Finally, make the decoration more beautiful with some almond flakes.