Semolina Helva/Irmik Helva

Semolina Helva
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This helva is a very old custom that dates back to ancient times. It is one of the most common Ottoman delights. When some one passes away it is a custom to prepare this dessert and share a bowl with neighbours.
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 minutes 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 minutes 15 minutes
Semolina Helva
Print Recipe
This helva is a very old custom that dates back to ancient times. It is one of the most common Ottoman delights. When some one passes away it is a custom to prepare this dessert and share a bowl with neighbours.
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 minutes 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
45 minutes 15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter in a deep pan.
  2. Add the semolina and the nuts. Heat must be below medium. Continuously stir for about 40 minutes with a wooden spoon until the nuts turn brownish. When the semolina slightly changes color as well close the heat.
  3. Add boiling milk and/or water slowly. Watch out it will splatter. Always stir in the same direction. Stir until the liquid has been absorbed. Which will happen very quickly.
  4. Add the sugar and stir until it is absorbed.
  5. Cover with two paper towels and set aside for about 15 minutes.
  6. Serve warm or cold. Sprinkle cinnamon if desired.
  7. May also be served with deserts such as baklawa, kazandibi or with ice cream.
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