Chalva (Halva)

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MANI Bläuel extra virgin olive oil with orange

Chalva in Greece is a typical dessert for Lent. It’s very quick and easy to prepare.
The ingredient list is the evidence:

  • 1 cup of MANI Bläuel extra virgin olive oil with orange
  • 2 cups of coarse semolina
  • 3 cups sugar (we recommend Rapadura)
  • 4 cups of water
  • Optional: spices (cloves, cinnamon, orange zest....)


Heat water, sugar and spices in a saucepan and let boil for 5-10 minutes, until a syrup is formed.
Meanwhile, in another pan, heat olive oil and add the semolina. Sauté lightly until it is a light golden brown, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon.
Add the slightly cooled water and sugar syrup. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 5 minutes.
Remove from the heat and cover with a tea towel and leave to ‘rest’ for a further 15 minutes. Place the cooked chalva in a mould. Leave to cool completely before turning out onto a plate for serving.
Decorate with chopped nuts or cocoa powder.

Mani Tip:

At the point of simmering almonds or chopped walnuts can be added to the pastry.

These are the Mani Bläuel products you need for the recipe:

1 cup of Mani Bläuel olive oil with orange

Download recipe (PDF)