Spotlight On Halawa
One of the most exported Lebanese products to the world, halawa is an appetizing sweet made from tahini, sugar and halawa extract, flavored with vanilla and other aromatic essences. With its delicious crumbly texture, it is recommended to be served with white coffee or simply with pita bread. Its name is simply derived from the Arabic word ḥalāwah or ḥalwá meaning “desserts” or “sweet”. Yet, halawa is very diverse and also found across Asia, Africa, the Balkans, Malta and even some parts of Eastern and Central Europe. It can be served plain, with chocolate or pistachio.
We guess you never imagined how diverse halawa could be and we are about to give some more insight about this delicious dessert!
Halawa in every Lebanese home
Just like with Tahini, wherever there is a Lebanese home, there is a pack of halawa somewhere. It is also one of the cheapest and delicious desserts you can find. Most Lebanese people eat halawa with bread, some add to it butter spread, sliced bananas and/or honey. These are the most common ways to eat this delightful sweet but there are so many ways to incorporate it into your recipes. Many Lebanese chefs integrated it in their specialty menus by adding it to chocolate fondant, ice cream, and biscuit stuffing!
Halawa has some interesting hidden health benefits given that it is essentially made of Tahini, one of the best sources of calcium. Other than that, it’s rich in minerals such as phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and Iron. It also helps maintain healthy skin and muscle tone with its essential fatty acids, proteins, and vitamin B. Tahini also is a good source of vitamin E which reduces the rate of aging body cells. Finally, although halawa is high in calories, the majority of its fats are unsaturated, meaning the good ones! And for diabetes, Al Wadi Al Akhdar provides an even healthier alternative, the diet halawa.
Halawa in desserts
Add halawa in your recipes and thank us later. Here are a couple of mouthwatering suggestions. A halawa and Pistachio Tart, which combines pistachio halawa, sweetened condensed milk and rose water in its filling. Halawa is also a great combination with chocolate! We suggest the Chocolate Halawa Sablé Biscuit where you replace the jam stuffing with halawa crumbles and dip the biscuit in chocolate. There is also our personal favorite Chocolate Halawa Ice Cream: a layer of crumbled biscuits, chocolate ice cream, halawa ice cream and concentrated Jellab sauce. A real oriental delight!