Pehlivan Halva » History of The HALVA

The word of “halva” derives from the arabic words hulviyyat or halaviyyat.  In today’s Arabic, halva is used in the meanings of cute, pretty and it takes in all types of desserts. However, it reminds us the home made desserts that we all know, whose main ingredient is flour or semolina, flavoured   with sugar, honey or molasses and which can be made differently with  ingredients such as milk, butter, cream, pistachio and  cinnamon. And there is also the other type of halva to be remembered, made of tahini (sesame paste) which has to be purchased as it is hard to make at home.

Halva is a dessert whose different types can be found in Turkey and plenty of Middle East countries.

 We can also see on the  Divan-u Lugati´t Turk (the Dictionary of Turkish Dialects), which was written by Kaşgarlı Mahmud that halva, one of the leading flavors of Turkish cuisine, was also consumed during The Seljuk Dynasty.  Irene Melinkoff also refers to the existence of halva in the 13th century during the Seljuk Dynasty and halva ceremonies at the time of Mevlana.