"Jews from Persia (present-day Iran) are especially proud of
Queen Esther's role in the holiday of Purim. A favorite dish
of Iranian children is halvah, which they eat after they break
the fast of Esther, observed on Adar 13. At nursery school,
Merissa learned this recipe for halvah from an Iranian
teacher. In between tastes, the children played with Esther
and Ahasuerus marionettes they had made with the help of their
2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups water
1 cup chopped walnuts
In a frying pan, brown the flour over low heat, watching
constantly, for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat.
To the flour, add the sugar, cinnamon, and oil. With the pan
off the heat, stir for about 5 minutes, keeping the mixture
a light brown color.
Add the water and reheat, stirring for about 5 minutes, until
the halvah thickens. Then cover and simmer slowly for 5
minutes more. Fold in the walnuts.
Let cool, then cut into squares.
Makes about 20 squares.
Source: "The Children's Jewish Holiday Kitchen"
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