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Persian Sohan Asali Keto Caramels

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Sohan Asali (Sohan e Asali) or Almond Sesame Brittle is a traditional Persian candy for Norooz (Iranian New Year), and one of my absolute favorite Norooz recipes. Happy Persian New Year!

Now I know that this keto sesame candy recipe can be created with all kinds of flavors running through that delicious toffee.

You could easily use any extract to flavor yours, not just vanilla. I like mine with saffron and cardamom, but there is no limits! If you're using rosewater, it's available in Middle Eastern food shops and in some supermarkets.

You ca also substitute some of the sesame seeds with shredded coconut or silvered almonds. You can also add toppings such as sunflower seeds, pistachios and flakey sea salt.

These Persian keto caramels also make a great gift. Just place in a cute jar or a box, wrapped up with a bit of ribbon and add a tag!

Hands-on Overall

Serving size 1 slice

Allergy information for Persian Sohan Asali Keto Caramels

✔  Gluten free
✔  Dairy free
✔  Egg free
✔  Nut free
✔  Nightshade free
✔  Pork free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Coconut free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free

Nutritional values (per serving, 1 slice)

Net carbs1 grams
Protein1.3 grams
Fat4.7 grams
Calories52 kcal
Calories from carbs 8%, protein 10%, fat 82%
Total carbs1.9 gramsFiber0.8 gramsSugars0.2 gramsSaturated fat1.1 gramsSodium15 mg(1% RDA)Magnesium22 mg(6% RDA)Potassium35 mg(2% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 12 slices)

Basic Sohan Asali:
Optional add-ons (choose any or all):
  • 1/4 tsp saffron threads soaked in 1 tbsp (15 ml) boiling water
  • 1 tsp rosewater
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp fresh grated nutmeg
  • salt flakes for topping
  • 2 tbsp hulled sunflower seeds (18 g/ 0.7 oz)
  • 2 tbsp unsalted chopped pistachios (15 g/ 0.5 oz)


  1. Place sweetener, tahini, salt into a large saucepan over medium heat and cook until sweetener is dissolved. Stir in sesame seeds (or slivered almonds). Cook, stirring often until mix goes a delicious caramel colour, approximately 5 to 10 minutes or until temp reaches 150 °C/ 300 °F, testing with a candy thermometer.
  2. Remove from heat immediately when it starts to get fragrant and goes dark like caramel.
  3. Add butter and any optional ingredients (apart from sunflower seeds and pistachios).
  4. Stir 30 seconds and then carefully stir in 1 tsp lemon juice which will cause the mixture to foam. Persian Sohan Asali Keto Caramels
  5. Pour mix onto oiled baking tray (no parchment paper). Spread out to desired thickness, and optionally garnish with silvered pistachios or sunflower seeds. Leave to cool and harden.
  6. Break into pieces or score gently with the tip of a knife to cut into shapes - or use a pizza cutter. You'll get 12 to 16 slices per recipe. Persian Sohan Asali Keto Caramels
  7. Store in airtight container in cool place or refrigerator. Persian Sohan Asali Keto Caramels

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, 1 slice)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Sukrin Gold, brown sugar substitute
0.1 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Salt, sea salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Sesame tahini (unsweetened)
0.2 g0.2 g0.7 g8 kcal
Sesame seeds
0.7 g1.1 g3 g34 kcal
Vanilla extract, sugar-free, alcohol-based
0 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Butter, unsalted, grass-fed
0 g0 g1 g8 kcal
Lemon juice, fresh
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Total per serving, 1 slice
1 g1.3 g4.7 g52 kcal

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Leili Malakooti
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Leili Malakooti

Leili is a Graphic designer and Creative Foodie! She is passionate about recipe development, food photography and food styling.

Leili is Persian and her creations are inspired by the rich, delicious and healthy recipes from her culture and birth country, Iran. She dropped 100 lbs eating keto and has been in ketosis for almost 4 years.

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Comments (16)

Will liquid sweetners work ?

It will depend on the sweetener - you need to have some of that stickiness so for example liquid stevia wouldn't be a suitable option.

Hi, I made this yesterday and it should have a warning.... if you dont have self control DO NOT MAKE THIS. It was to die for and lasted about 20 minutes. The only thing I did forget was not to use plastic mixing spoons.
Loved it, loved it, loved it. Thank you.

Thank you Pat, happy to hear that! I totally agree on portion control, I freeze most of the treats I make just in case 😊

This recipe did not turn out for me. Followed the ingredients and instructions to the letter. The only thing I can think of is maybe the brand of tahini I use isn’t as liquid as hers? Roland brand is quite like a drier paste consistency and my attempt never looked like the pictures.

Sorry to hear that, let me ask Leili!

Hi Kim, sorry to hear that
My tahini is so liquid the brand is sadaf you can find it in Amazon

Can I use erythritol as a sugar substitute in this recipe?

Hi Tina, yes, you can use Erythritol!

Hi, I was wondering if I can use monk fruit sweetener or maybe maple syrup instead of the sweeteners mentioned in the recipe? Thanks 😊

I think you can definitely use a monk fruit sweetener blend like Lakanto. If you are paleo (not keto as it's high in carbs), you could use maple syrup too although you may beed to reduce it a bit more so it sets well (might be too sticky).

Thanks a lot! I’ll give it a shot 😊

Happy Persian New Year to Leili, Martina, the KetoDietApp team and everyone who reads this post.🎊🎊🎊
I hope you are all doing well and keeping well in these testing times of the covid-19 outbreak. This recipe reminds me of my childhood treat, peanut brittle. I can't wait to make them and build a repertoire of exciting keto celebratory treats to take to parties!!
Thank you.❤️

Happy Persian New Yer to you Amina! I hope you all are safe and healthy during these challenging times!

that looks delicious. wish there was a video

Noted! 😉 Maybe next time!