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Halva “Politikos” (from Constantinople)

  • Cooking time20 minutes
  • Prep time5 minutes
  • Servings6 portions
recipe image Halva “Politikos” (from Constantinople)


  • For the halva
  • 300 gr. coarse semolina
  • 160 ml. Altis Traditional Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 100 gr. sultana raisins
  • 200 gr. strained yoghurt
  • 80 gr. walnut kennels, ground
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
For the syrup
  • 450 gr. sugar
  • 650 ml. water
  • 1 cinnamon stick


      1. We boil all the ingredients for the syrup for 5’
      2. In a saucepan, we heat the olive oil well, and we add the semolina over medium heat for 5 min., stirring with a wooden ladle, until the semolina turns brown.
      3. We add the raisins, yoghurt, walnut kennels and lemon zest, continuing to stir for a few more minutes.
      4. We remove the saucepan from the heat and carefully add the syrup; we heat the halva for another 5 min., stirring continuously.
      5. We transfer the halva in a baking form and, once it solidifies, we remove it from the form and sprinkle it with some cinnamon.
      - We can use orange for extra flavour - In addition to walnuts, we can add peanuts, almonds and pine seeds - Instead of sugar, we can use honey for the syrup