Semolina Halva with Cheese

Sample Dishes from Turkish Cuisine

Semolina Halva with Cheese (Peynirli İrmik Helvası)

Margarine1/2 cup100 gr
Semolina1 1/2 cup225 gr
Milk3 cup600 gr
Sugar1 1/4 cup225 gr
Soft cheese (unsalted and shredded)- -200 gr
Pistachionuts (chopped)1 cup110 gr


Brown semolina in melted butter in a saucepan until ligtıt brown stircing constantly. Set aside. Scald milk. Add sugar into milk and stir until sugar is dissolved. Add milk into semolina mixing well. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and cover. Cook over very low heat for 5 minutes. Remove lid and spread cheese over. Cover and cook over very low heat until cheese melts. Stir and transfer into a serving dish. Sprinkle with crushed pistachionuts. Serve warm.

Servings: 6

Nutritional Value
(in approximately one serving)

Energy595 cal
Protein17,4 g
Fat26 g
Carbohydrates75,7 g
Calcium187 mg
Iron2,17 mg
Phosphorus230 mg
Zinc2 mg
Sodium138 mg
Vitamin A586 iu
Thiamine0,17 mg
Riboflavin0,26 mg
Niacin0,65 mg
Vitamin C0 mg
Cholesterol12 mg

Regional Characteristics:

This recipe is from Gaziantep. As soon as fresh unsalted cheese is on the market, this from of helva is served in every household through the whole town in the spring.