Sweet semolina halva

| January 7, 2013 | 1 Reply

Olive oil and semolina based halva is a Greek traditional sweet recipe, which is handed down from generation to generation. Some women call halva the ”one-two-three-four” dessert, based on the tradition prescription. That is: one part olive oil, two parts semolina, three sugar (or sweetener) and four parts water.

Servings: 8-10

You need:

  • 150g finely ground semolina sweet-semolina-halva_1in
  • 150g coarsely ground semolina
  • 350g caster sugar
  • 200g sunflower oil
  • 900g water
  • 1 cinnamon stick (5cm)
  • 2 cloves or 2 lemon peels
  • 80g Corinthian raisins (optional)
  • 30g walnuts, chopped (optional)


For the syrup: In a small pot combine all the ingredients and bring to a boil until the sugar has dissolved, about 6 minutes. Discard lemon peels and spices. Set aside.

Heat the oil in a separate pot. Add the semolina, constantly stirring with a wooden ladles until it turns golden-brown. Add the Corinthian raisins. CAREFULLY, pour the syrup over semolina with a soup ladle (one by one).

Continue cooking, always by stirring constantly until it is absorbed.

Put the halva while hot in a large mold or individual silicone baking/muffin cups. Set aside and let cool. Unmold onto a plate. Sprinkle with cinnamon, walnuts and serve.

mycookingsecrets thoughts:

Halva (or halvah) is not only a proper dessert for the fasting period, when feeling the need to eat something sweet, but could be a pleasant ending after your celebration/every-day meal.

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  1. marianna says:

    Χαλβάς=θεική απόλαυση!

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