Iranian style Sweet Saffron Spread

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Halva / Halwa

rice flour cookies

In Iran, halva usually refers to a paste made from flour, butter, rose water and saffron. It's a sweet tasting spread with a dark brown color.

The halva is spread thin on a plate and served either hot or cold, alongside bread or by itself.

Halva is served at funerals and on holidays. Decorated on top with slivers of almonds or pistachios. Halvardeh is the Iranian name for tahini-based halva.

Halva or Halwa comes from an Arabic word meaning 'Sweet'.


  1. Flour - 2 cups
  2. Sugar - 1 1/2 cups
  3. Saffron - 1/4 teaspoon
  4. Butter - 1 1/2 cups
  5. Water - 2 cups
  6. Rose Water - 1 tablespoon (add more if you like)
  7. cardamom 1/4 teaspoon
  8. pistachio and/or almonds


  1. Place butter in a deep pan over low heat.
  2. When butter completely melts, bit by bit add flour.
  3. Stir constantly to avoid clumping, cook for 10 minutes until mixture turns a brown color.
  4. Avoid burning by keeping heat low. Use spoon or fork to constantly blend mixture.
  5. Dissolve sugar in some warm water, add in rose water, then gently pour solution onto mixture.
  6. Dissolve saffron and cardamom in warm water, and likewise add to mixture.
  7. Cook for 10 minutes. Avoid burning by blending mixture constantly.
  8. The mixture should have a thick and smooth texture, like a heavy paste.
  9. Spread the mixture flat out on a wide platter.
  10. Decorate with a small amount of pistachios and/or almonds.


  1. Serve hot or cold, along with nun lavash or just plain.
  2. Some people may call this sort of halva by another name Kachi.
  3. Can be served on religious holidays and funeral services.
  4. Good for breakfast or an after dinner sweet to go with hot tea.
  5. Learn how to make Persian style chai aka hot tea.

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