Who invented Halwa

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Halva or Helva is a sweet that originally came from Muslim areas such as Iran, Pakistan and Anatolia.

The name comes from the Arabic where the dessert Halawa [حلاوة] is called. The root of the word حلو refers to "sweet".

The ingredients for halva differ from region to region. The basic mixture is usually made from a pulp of oil seeds and sugar or honey. Halva is refined or flavored by adding vanilla, rose water, cocoa, nuts, soapwort, almonds and / or pistachios.

There are regional differences and specialties in the production process. The widespread use led to the fact that the name is also known in Poland, Bulgaria and Russia as Chalwa.

A special form of halva is made with pine nuts. The dessert "İrmik Helvası", which is widespread in Turkey, is prepared for different occasions. Mostly on religious festivals, but also in the event of death. After the funeral, it is prepared in the house of the deceased and offered to friends and relatives. The dessert known in Germany as "sweet corn semolina with pine nuts" is considered to be very nutritious.

Halva or Halawa is also the name for a natural hair removal agent mainly consisting of sugar and lemon juice, which comes from the Orient.