The best thing about this classic sesame-based confection (aside from the fact that it’s so delicious) is how easy it is to make at home. The base recipe can be varied to your heart’s content. Try our suggestion here, then make up your own flavors.
Halwa is a dense sweet confection that's popular across the Middle East, South Asia, Central Asia and West Asia and has different names too; some of which are alva, helva, aluva, halua and chalwa. Interestingly, there are more than 20 types of halwas devoured in different parts of the country; ranging from pineapple halwa to khus khus halwa and chana dal halwa and more. But today we bring you this sweet mix of lemon and coconut.
- 1500 ml water ( about 3 pounds or 7 1/2 cups)
- 3 lemons, grated zest only
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 900 g sugar ( about 4 cups)
- 400 g dried unsweetened grated coconut
- 1 lb semolina ( the kind used for halva)
- Bring water, lemon zest, vanilla, oil and sugar to boil.
- Add coconut but reserve about 4 tablespoon of them for the topping. Stir.
- Reduce heat to minimum.
- Add semolina; stir constantly until liquid is absorbed.
- Pour in a greased mold and cover with the reserved coconut.
- Let cool down completely and cut into 1 inch pieces.
Also try: Amazing Salted Chocolate Halwa Recipe