Tahini halva - originally Eastern sweetness. It amazes with its extraordinary taste and intoxicating aroma. Surely almost every one of you at least once appreciated the beauty of this delicacy. And for those who do not yet know what tahini halva is, from which it is made, we have prepared a short review.
Under the veil of secrecy
Tahini halva can be safely ranked as the category of national dishes of the peoples of the East and Central Asia. The first mentions of this unusual dessert are attributed to the 5th century BC, and its homeland is considered to be Iran. True, the delicacy reached our lands only at the beginning of the 20th century, but it had already managed to catch the fancy of many. What are tahini halva made of?
The recipe of this dish is known for certain only by kandalatchi - specialists in the production of oriental sweets, and it is still kept in the strictest confidence. That is why in different countries of the world the delicacy has its own unique taste. The kandalatch profession in Iran is considered to be extremely honorable and requires special training and skill. By the way, they do not recognize modern technologies and prefer to mix the ingredients by hand. It is believed that only in this way it is possible to make halva airy and to preserve its extraordinary sweet taste.
The main ingredients of tahini halva are extremely simple:
- protein sesame mass;
- caramel nougat - honey, sugar or molasses;
It would seem that the complex - you can mix everything together, and the matter is over. However, not everything is as simple as it seems at first glance. The process of mixing and adding ingredients to halvah in the East is not only an art, but also the practical application of the special secrets of technologists. In Iran, with the observance of all the rules, the ready tahini halva is a layered delicacy that simply melts in your mouth. While the spoiled product hardens into chunks and has an unpleasantly sugary bitter aftertaste of sesame.
In addition to the usual varieties of sesame delicacy, you can find tahini-peanut halva, which, in addition to sesame seeds, add small nuts.
Biochemical composition of the product
In the original, tahini halva is an excellent and incomparable delicacy. In addition to its taste, sweet has a generous biochemical composition. Per 100 grams of product accounts for 509 Kcal, which is 30% of the daily needs of the body. Such energy composition of tahini halve is provided by:
- 13 g of proteins;
- 30 g of fat;
- 51 g of carbohydrates.
In addition to the usual for all elements, in the delicacy in a generous amount are:
- food acids;
- vitamins B2, A, E and PP;
Agree, few sweets can boast of a similar set of micro-and macronutrients. However, to get involved in this product is still not worth it. Meals should be balanced and varied.
Eastern delicacy good for health or not?
The benefits of tahini halva, however, as well as harm, lies in its rich biochemical composition. An invaluable storehouse of various vitamins and macronutrients will open up many benefits for the body:
- Zinc is essential for the male body. It increases the sperm reproduction of male sex hormones, regulates the normal activity of the prostate.
- Copper is necessary for the growth and maintenance of muscle tissue, the normalization of blood circulation and the transport of oxygen to the organs.
- Vitamin A or retinoic acid improves the condition of the skin, nourishes and moisturizes it, as well as being directly involved in the maintenance of vision, the work of immunity and the production of growth hormone.
- Riboflavin (vitamin B2) strengthens the nails and hair, and generally contributes to the maintenance of immunity and its ability to withstand colds.
- Potassium is necessary for the heart and the development of the human muscular skeleton. It helps to maintain muscle tone, prevents the risk of stroke or other diseases of the cardiovascular system.
- Iron is actively involved in the processes of oxygen metabolism and the work of the respiratory system of the body. It is believed that halva is the best and most delicious fighter against anemia.
Summing up, we can safely say that tahini halva heals the body, rejuvenates the skin, helps prevent the risk of heart disease, strengthens the musculoskeletal system and the respiratory system. In addition, thanks to the caramel nougat, which is part of the delicacy, halva improves mood, helps the brain produce "hormones of happiness" and generally has a beneficial effect on the human nervous system.
The energy value and all useful properties of halvah will be appreciated by pregnant women and nursing moms, athletes, schoolchildren and people leading an active lifestyle. But do not forget that sesame belongs to the category of allergenic seeds and, if excessively consumed, can cause an unforeseen reaction of the body. Therefore, eat sesame halva in moderation.
For many years, tahini halva has been a favorite treat not only in the East, but also in the CIS countries. Of course, food products on our shelves differ in taste from real sesame sweetness, however, differences can be seen only by detailed comparison. If you have not tried this oriental sesame delicacy, do not hesitate, go to the store and treat yourself to a slice of tahini halva with tea.