Helva-i Sabuni – Was popular in the Ancient Ottoman

Helva-i Sabuni – Was popular in the Ancient Ottoman

This dessert, which reached today as a soap dish, but was popular in the ancient Ottoman with different names such as halva-i sabuni, halva and soap, was both cooked at home and consumed with love, and was also traded on the streets with mobile sellers. The soapy halva dating back to the 14th century will suit the iftar tables very well.



    • 300 grams of sweet almonds
    • 200 grams of butter
    • 1 cup of wheat starch2 cups of water
    • 300 grams of honey or 2 cups of
    • granulated sugar


How to Prepare?

Put the almonds in a small container and add enough water to pass it over. 5 minutes after sitting on the stove and starting to boil, remove from the fire. Strain and peel off after cooling. Separate 10 of them aside and pass the rest through the robot or finely chop with a knife. Melt the butter. Open the starch in 2 cups of water. Add honey or powdered sugar and mix. Then pour it into a saucepan and stir on a very low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. When it is hard to mix the halva, add the melted butter gradually. Then add the almond and continue mixing. When the halva is at the consistency of mastic, remove it from the stove. Shape it with a spoon according to your desire, or spread it on a flat tray and slice it after straightening. Put the almonds on the side and serve.

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