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Yield: 9 inch round Halvah

1 1/2 cups water
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp saffron
1 tsp cardamom powder
1/4 cup rose water
2 cups flour
1 cup canola oil

Slivered pistachios and/or almonds

To make the syrup, bring water and sugar to a boil in a 4-quart saucepan. When sugar has dissolved, turn off the heat; add saffron, cardamom, and rose water. Stir and set aside.

1. In another 4-quart saucepan, toast flour over high heat for no more than 3 minutes, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon to avoid burning. Watch carefully; as soon as the flour becomes light brown, reduce heat to medium and add oil. Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.

2. Add syrup and mix rapidly. Almost immediately bright yellow dough, similar to play dough, will form.

3. To serve, flatten dough into a shallow round platter and garnish with slivered pistachios and almonds, or cut into shapes and garnish.

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