Iraqi Halva (no cooking required)


Iraqi Halva
My husband is from Iraq and he told me that growing up his mother made halva and
they ate it like candy or fudge and it was also served with strong coffee or chai (tea) This is a no cook version of the halva,it tastes just like our helwa tat-tork but not as dense. When it sets in the fridge it still is not hard . They add all kinds of nuts but mostly walnuts and pistachios. Today I only had roasted peanuts so I added a few.
You can use this mixture to make sort of small truffles ,in this case best is to spread the mixture on a flat plate then with wet hands take some halva roll in cherry size balls and roll in crushed walnuts or pistachios.
This is so easy to make ,in a bowl put 1/2 cup honey and 1/2 cup tahini (sesame paste) make sure the tahini is well mixed in the jar as it sometimes tends to settle at the bottom of the jar.
Mix the tahini and honey well for about 3 minutes,best to use a wooden spoon,then add 1 teaspoon ground cardamom and mix well and then 1/2 cup toasted sesame seeds and if you are using chopped walnuts or pistachios. Mix well. Then plate in a small dish and garnish with nutsDSCF0473 DSCF0470 DSCF0471 DSCF0472 and chill in the fridge until ready to eat. Take out some time before serving so its not too cold.

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