Almost Turkish Recipes

Baked Halva with Carrots (Güveçte Havuçlu Helva)

A couple of years ago there were quite a number of fisherman boats tied at the Yenikoy coast in Istanbul serving as seafood restaurants. Although those floating restaurants had limited menus, they served the freshest and by far the cheapest seafood, the best salads (especially Tuana), and surprisingly simple yet delicious desserts (Takanik was the #1 when it came to desserts). All those boat restaurants moved tot the land after the ban; they're all still in Yenikoy, but in buildings in stead of boats. In the past years I tried different types of halva based desserts on these boats and loved them all. Normally I don't eat halva and this should give you an idea about how good their halva desserts are. I had purchased a box of Koska pistachio halva months ago from the Turkish market in Atlanta, for whom or what I have no idea. When I saw it in the pantry I decided to make one of the floating restaurants' halva desserts. The dessert was great, but it definitely lacked the preceding fish platter served on the boats. Although it is hard to find horse mackerels, halva is highly common here in the States in Middle Eastern markets or online.  

for two people

two 1" halva slices--use one slice per person (I used pistachio halva, but you can use plain, coco, or any kind)
1 carrot, grated
1 tsp lemon juice
2 tbsp ground pistachio or walnut 

-In an oven safe small bowl (a small souffle bowl) place a slice of halva. Make it as thick or thin as you wish.
-Squeeze a couple of drops of lemon juice on top: approximately 1/2 tsp.
-Cover halva with grated carrot; not too much, just enough to cover halva ~approximately 1/2 cup
-Sprinkle cinnamon on top.
-Cover the bowl with aluminum foil and bake for 15-20 minutes in preheated oven at 380F.
-Serve hot with ground walnut or pistachio on top.

-If you don't have a oven proof bowl, you can layer everything on a square aluminum foil, wrap it by bringing the corners together, and bake like that.    


  1. What an interesting dessert! Now I wish I could find halva here in Italy

  2. It sounds delicious. I have some halva left and this is a great idea to prepare it differently. Simple and very nice recipe, thanks ;-D

  3. i am impressed!i have never seen that recipe before..very good.

  4. this looks lovely, i am going to have to try it!

    you have a lovely blog!

  5. ha! Found some halva so now I want to try this!

  6. Anonymous7:56 AM

    I had a delicious simple halva oven baked dessert in a Mediterranean restaurant last week (I live in Holland btw), and decided to try and make some at home. Just bought a box of pistacchio halva (the box says Helva but it's definitely the same) from my local Turkish greengrocer/supermarket. Will definitely also try your recipe, thanks!

  7. This is a new one for me. I'll have to try it!

    You've been nominated for a Super Sweet Blogger Award.