Saffron-Pistachio Semolina Helva (Irmik Helvasi)

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Recipe by Dreamer in Ontario

Adapted from Classical Turkish Cooking: Traditional Turkish Food for the American Kitchen, a 1991 book by Ayla Algar. This recipe was found in the Toronto Star website.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In small bowl, soak saffron in 2 tbsp hot milk for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat small skillet over medium then toast pistachios, shaking pan, until fragrant, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Place nuts on paper towels or clean tea towel; cover and rub to remove skins, if desired.
  4. In small saucepan over low heat, dissolve sugar in 2 cups milk. Keep warm.
  5. In medium saucepan, melt butter over low, add semolina and cook, stirring often, until lightly toasted, 8 to 10 minutes.
  6. Stir saffron milk into sugared milk. Stir into semolina. Remove pan from heat. Cover; let stand 15 minutes. Stir in pistachios.
  7. Makes 3 cups for 6 servings.

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