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or hal·va  (häl-vä′, häl′vä)
A crumbly confection of ground sesame seeds mixed with sugar syrup or honey and often other flavorings and pressed into a solid mass.

[Ultimately (partly via Turkish helva) from Arabic ḥalwā, from ḥaluwa, to be sweet; see x̣lw in Semitic roots.]
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(ˈhælvɑː) or




(Cookery) an Eastern Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, or Indian sweetmeat made of honey and containing sesame seeds, nuts, rose-water, saffron, etc
[from Yiddish halva, from Romanian, from Turkish helve, from Arabic halwā sweetmeat]
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(hɑlˈvɑ, ˈhɑl vɑ)

a confection of Turkish origin, made chiefly of ground sesame seeds and honey.
[1840–50; < Yiddish halva < Romanian < Turkish helva < Arabic ḥalwā sweet confection]
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To go bolder on the sesame, you could even fold in pieces of halvah (plain, marble or chocolate-covered), or add a sprinkling of black and white sesame seeds to the surface of the batter before you bake.
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Underneath the chuckles and the hyperbole, this romp is a fable with some hopeful themes about the shared humanity of Jews and Arabs (and common love of hummus and halvah) and about cooking simply and with joy.
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According to another source "The Armenians even insist that the word itself-baklava-reveals its Armenian origins as the word appears to be related to the Armenian word for bakh (Lent) and halvah (sweet)." The name baklava is used in many languages with minor phonetic and spelling variations.
Various kinds of tar halvah and umaj halvah, shirin kata, koka, baklava, shakarbura, guymag and govud are prepared as a dessert for holidays and rituals.
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Brussels Airlines announced Monday that it will reintroduce a popular Israeli halvah snack to its menu.
The recipes themselves range from Tilapia with Browned Butter Caper Sauce; Sweet Potato Chestnut Soup; Veal Scallopini; Butternut Squash Farrolo; and Balsamic Glazed Onions; to Provencal Wheatberry Salad; Amalfi Sage Chicken; Cheesy Grits Casserole; Eggplant and Tomato Tart; Roasted Vegetable Crisps; and Halvah Baklava.
Do not leave the cafe without trying the halvah ice cream, which turns the dense Middle Eastern sesame candy into a creamy, delectable frozen treat, with salted caramel accentuating the dessert's sweet-and-salty flavors.