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'''Halvah, Dghatsgani''' (Halavet Nefsah in the Assyrian Cookbook)
 
'''Halvah, Dghatsgani''' (Halavet Nefsah in the Assyrian Cookbook)
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Ingredients:
  
  
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Honey
 
Honey
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'''Folklore'''
 
'''Folklore'''
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Dghatsgani Halva is a Dikranagerdtsi recipe with an interesting name.  
 
Dghatsgani Halva is a Dikranagerdtsi recipe with an interesting name.  
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boy, or excluding a girl.
 
boy, or excluding a girl.
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Dghatsgan means woman in child-bed, or lying-in woman. Child-bed means the  
 
Dghatsgan means woman in child-bed, or lying-in woman. Child-bed means the  
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after giving birth. Bed rest.  
 
after giving birth. Bed rest.  
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Made with ground SevagHundig (Nigella seeds), honey, ginger, and other spices,  
 
Made with ground SevagHundig (Nigella seeds), honey, ginger, and other spices,  
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Christening of a new born child.
 
Christening of a new born child.
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It did, however, have a secondary use as a health measure.
 
It did, however, have a secondary use as a health measure.
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Back in the days when Armenians would frequent the Turkish Baths, a new mother  
 
Back in the days when Armenians would frequent the Turkish Baths, a new mother  
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with the halva in order to alleviate any lingering pains from childbirth.
 
with the halva in order to alleviate any lingering pains from childbirth.
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Latest revision as of 19:23, 19 May 2019

Halvah, Dghatsgani (Halavet Nefsah in the Assyrian Cookbook)


Ingredients:


SevagHundig (Nigella) seeds

Cardamon

Cinnamon

Cloves

Ginger

Nutmeg

Honey


Folklore


Dghatsgani Halva is a Dikranagerdtsi recipe with an interesting name.

Dghah can mean child, infant, baby or lad. So, it doesn't necessarily mean a

boy, or excluding a girl.


Dghatsgan means woman in child-bed, or lying-in woman. Child-bed means the

condition of a woman in the process of giving birth. Lying-in woman means the

old childbirth practice involving a woman resting in bed for a period of time

after giving birth. Bed rest.


Made with ground SevagHundig (Nigella seeds), honey, ginger, and other spices,

Deghatsgani Halva, along with Hassa, is prepared to celebrate the birth or

Christening of a new born child.


It did, however, have a secondary use as a health measure.


Back in the days when Armenians would frequent the Turkish Baths, a new mother

would be taken there by her friends and relatives, and have her body smeared

with the halva in order to alleviate any lingering pains from childbirth.


Also, mothers would smear the halva, with protective covering, on the chests of

their small children during severe winter weather. It is assumed that the ginger

ingredient was what kept them warm.