Finally, ‘sweetmeats’ like halva and burfi can often round off a festive meal.
For dessert, there were several traditional Iranian sweets, such as sholehzard (rice and saffron pudding) and halva .
The results run from simple brittle and toffee type sweets through halva , barfi, and sandesh, to the family of confections based on rasgullas.
The big draw for me, though, is the cooler along the south wall, which is jammed with Greek olives, cheese, anchovies, halvah and other specialties, including hummus, tarama and Balkan-style yogurt.
A favorite Palestinian candy is halvah , a sweet nougat made of sesame seeds and honey.