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Greek Semolina Halvah
  • Vegetarian Diet

    Diet based on cereals, pulses, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruits and other animal foods such as honey and eggs. Excludes meat, fish, mollusks.

  • Vegan Diet

    Diet based on vegetables, legumes and green leaves. It excludes foods such as meat, fish, mollusks, dairy products, eggs, honey and their by-products.

  • Dairy Free Diet

    Excludes foods such as milk, yoghurt, cheese and their by-products.

  • Egg Free Diet

    It is usually followed when someone is allergic to this food.

Method
  • Toast the almond slivers in a pan over medium heat. Stir continuously since they burn easily. Set aside until needed.
  •  Place a non-stick pot over low heat.  Add the vegetable oil, fine semolina and coarse semolina.
  • Sauté and stir the mixture continuously for about 10 minutes, until the semolina becomes golden brown. Do not rush this process since semolina burns easily. 
  • Sauteeing the semolina gives it a rich and nutty flavor.
  • When ready, add the brown sugar, water, orange zest, cinnamon and cloves.
  • Stir for another 10 minutes until the mixture thickens and start to bubble. You will know it is ready when it starts to pull away from the bottom of the pan.
  • Add the almonds and stir.
  • Transfer mixture to a 20 cm cake pan and press it in to the pan to give your halvah a nice shape. You can hit the cake pan on a hard surface to make sure the mixture settles and no gaps are left and your halvah is nice and compact.
  • Turn it out after 5 minutes.
  • Halvah can be eaten warm or cold. Serve it with a some Greek strained yogurt or ice cream, some orange zest and mint leaves.
Tip
Keep a close eye on the semolina while cooking. If it looks like it might burn, simply lower the heat! 
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Nutritional
Chart

Nutrition information per portion

486
Calories (kcal)
24 %

Calories

Shows how much energy food releases to our bodies. Daily caloric intake depends mainly on the person’s weight, sex and physical activity level. An average individual needs about 2000 kcal / day.

12.0
Total Fat (g)
17 %

Fatty Acids

Are essential to give energy to the body while helping to maintain the body temperature. They are divided into saturated "bad" fats and unsaturated "good" fats.

1.1
Saturated Fat (g)
6 %

Saturated Fats

Known as "bad" fats are mainly found in animal foods. It is important to check and control on a daily basis the amount you consume.

85.0
Total Carbs (g)
33 %

Carbohydrates

The main source of energy for the body. Great sources are the bread, cereals and pasta. Use complex carbohydrates as they make you feel satiated while they have higher nutritional value.

60.0
Sugars (g)
66 %

Sugars

Try to consume sugars from raw foods and limit processed sugar. It is important to check the labels of the products you buy so you can calculate how much you consume daily.

7.8
Protein (g)
16 %

Protein

It is necessary for the muscle growth and helps the cells to function well. You can find it in meat, fish, dairy, eggs, pulses, nuts and seeds.

3.0
Fibre (g)
12 %

Fibers

They are mainly found in plant foods and they can help regulate a good bowel movement while maintaining a balanced weight. Aim for at least 25 grams of fiber daily.

0.01
Sodium (g)
0 %

Salt

A small amount of salt daily is necessary for the body. Be careful though not to overdo it and not to exceed 6 grams of salt daily

*Based on an adult’s daily reference intake of 2000 kcal.