This recipe comes from Azadeh Zolfigol.
1 cup wheat flour
1.5 cups sugar
1 cup butter or vegetable oil
2 cups water
½ cup rosewater
¼ teaspoons ground saffron dissolved in 4 tablespoons hot water
¼ teaspoons ground cardamom
Heat butter or oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Then add the flour and reduce heat as low as possible.
Stir the flour continuously until it turns to a golden brown colour. Adjust oil if necessary and set aside. Mix hot water with sugar, saffron, rosewater and caradamom. Stir well until sugar is melted and slowly pour it in the flour and butter mixture. Take care to not pour it all at once.
Put the saucepan back on the stove and set the heat to medium- low. Stir it continuously again until it thickets. It usually takes 1-2 minutes to be ready.
Spread Halva onto a plate or platter and garnish with slivered almonds or shredded coconuts or pistachios.
The story behind the recipe:
1) What do you call this recipe?
We call it Halva.
2) Who in your family made this?
My mum used to it.
3) How did you learn about or experience this recipe?
I learnt it from my mum. by standing next to her while she was cooking.
4) What is the heritage or influences of this recipe? (from a faith or cultural perspective) (A festival occasion?
Back in my country Iran, it is usually served at funerals or during Ramadan(fasting) month or it is a particular desert for special food called "Ash-e-reshteh"
it is served in the funeral because it contains rosewater and saffron. saffron help people to relax and calm and rose water make them be happy, so it is perfect for serving for people wich are very sad and suffering from losing somebody.
5) What are your memories of eating this dish? Who was there? What was the table like? What did it look like? Smell like?
When I think about Halve the first thing that will come to my mind is the Thursday night. the Thursday night is the special night for Iranian people why? because we believe in Thursday night Dead souls are free and they are waiting for our pray so we go to the cemetery for visiting them and praying for them or we cook some foods or sweets like Halva and we give it to our close family, friends or our neighbors . with this work we remind them that tonight is Thursday and we ask them to pray for our dead people.
so smell of rosewater and Halva remind me to pray for the people who are not between us anymore.
6) Have you added any of your own touches to this dish?
No . It is Original one but you can add something else.
7) Are there any plant ingredients that stand out?
I think the saffron is the base and we call it red gold. you can't delete or Decrease this item from the recipe.
8) Did your family grow any of the ingredients from this dish?