Halaweh is sesame- or tahini-based pastry that has a clay-like structure with additional toppings like raisins, pistachios, or almonds. While Halaweh is super sweet and heavy, a lot of Egyptians make sandwiches out of it and have it for dinner or breakfast!

    Mothers often love to make their children Halaweh sandwiches to keep them strong and full of energy. Halaweh is sold in supermarkets in little packages and is a great snack for anyone on the go.

    What is Halawah?

    Halawa also known as Halaweh is a sweet tahini Middle Eastern dessert, that can be stuffed into pita pockets or used as a fun topping for desserts. Hawala can be even enjoyed straight from the tub.

    Halwa is a general name for sweets in the Middle East. You can find tahini halva in many flavors and forms much like the flour halwa. Tahini halva is pretty much common as a breakfast item, snack, or for a quick sweet bite any time of the day.

    Is it Healthy to Eat Halwa?

    Well, Halva has sugar and it is considered candy. That’s why making your Halva is a nice thing to control the sweetness.

    Halaweh  Recipe

    This recipe is quite easy to make and here is what you will be needing;

    • Tahini: of course, this is tahini halva so the main flavor ingredient here is tahini paste.
    • Confectioner’s sugar: Use powdered sugar and not regular granulated sugar.
    • Dry milk: for richness and to hold everything well together and form some sort of dough.
    • Vanilla extract: this is optional for flavor. You can also use whatever flavor you prefer, rose water, almond extract, and orange blossom are among the most commonly used flavors for halva.
    • Nuts: this is also optional. Use whatever you have, you can also use raisins.

    Here is how to make it in simple steps:

    1. In a big bowl, combine powdered sugar, dry milk, and the flavor of choice. Pour in tahini paste.
    2. Mix everything until very well combined, the texture will be a bit sandy. You can test taste your halva at this point to make sure you like it. Mix in nuts if using.
    3. Brush an aluminum loaf pan, or you can use a silicon pan, with oil and sprinkle some chopped nuts at the bottom if you are using it.
    4. Scoop the mixture into the container and press with your hands to mold. Let it set in the fridge or on the counter for 24 hours until firm enough and molded.

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    Be sure to recreate this incredible dessert. Enjoy!

    Halawah Recipe

    No matter if you call it halva or halawah you are talking about a delicious sesame dessert.
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Course Dessert
    Cuisine Egyptian, Middle Eastern
    Servings 16
    Calories 132 kcal


    • 1 cup Powdered Milk
    • ¾ cup Tahini
    • ½ cup Powdered Sugar
    • ½ tsp Cardamom
    • ¼ cup Pistachios chopped


    • Place all the ingredients in a food processor and process until thick.
    • Pour into a lined pan and allow to firm up slightly.


    Calories: 132kcal
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