Irmik Helvasi (Turkish Semolina Halva)

Irmik Helvasi (semolina halva) is a traditional Turkish recipe for a classic dessert of halva made from semolina flour. Serve with cinnamon sprinkled on top if desired. This dish can be served warm or cold.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
55 mins


  • 5 cups water

  • 3 cups white sugar

  • 2 cups butter

  • 2 ½ cups semolina flour

  • ½ cup pine nuts


  1. Combine water and sugar in a saucepan. Bring syrup to a boil.

  2. Melt butter in a separate saucepan over medium-low heat, about 5 minutes. Add semolina and pine nuts. Cook, stirring continuously, until golden brown, 20 to 30 minutes.

  3. Pour syrup carefully over the semolina mixture. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer until nicely thickened, about 5 minutes. Let rest for 15 minutes. Divide halva over several small dishes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

497 Calories
34g Fat
51g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 497
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 34g 43%
Saturated Fat 20g 100%
Cholesterol 81mg 27%
Sodium 221mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 18%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 50g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 14mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 45mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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