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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup rosewater
  • 4-6 saffron threads or 1/2 teaspoon ground saffron
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 cup all purpose flour


In a small saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil. Once sugar is dissolved, add saffron and rosewater. You will have a syrup like texture. Remove from heat.

In a medium saucepan, melt butter on medium heat. Add flour slowly and mix with butter to make paste. Slowly add sugar syrup and blend together. Remove from heat.

Immediately, spread mixture into ramekins, or onto a serving plate. Allow to cool, and remove halva from ramekins or cut into small serving pieces.

Serve halva with coffee or tea.

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