Semolina Halva

Sample Dishes from Turkish Cuisine

Semolina Halva (İrmik Helvası)

Margarine¾ cups150 grams
Pine nuts2 tablespoons20 grams
Semolina2 cups300 grams
Water2 ½ cups500 grams
Sugar1 1/3 cups240 grams


Melt the margarine, add the nuts and the semolina and brown them for about 15 minutes until the ingredients change colour slightly, stirring all the time. Boil the water in a seperate saucepan, add and melt the sugar. Add the syrup to the semolina, stir and simmer for 10 minutes. Cover with a napkin and let rest for 20 minutes. Toss before serving.

Servings: 6

Nutritional Value
(in approximately one serving)

Energy540 cal
Protein6.4 g
Fat22.7 g
Carbohydrates79.0 g
Calcium19 mg
Iron1.01 mg
Phosphorus79 mg
Zinc0 mg
Sodium208 mg
Vitamin A766 iu
Thiamine0.07 mg
Riboflavin0.06 mg
Niacin0.50 mg
Vitamin C- mg
Cholesterol55 mg


It is prepared in all regions. In some regions milk or a water - milk mixture is used instead of water. It is generally prepared for religious feasts or days and also at the home of the deceased after a funeral, where it is served to those coming for condolesence and is also distributed to the neighbours.