Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Haleem

HALEEM
-Haleem is a thick Persian, Pakistani and North Indian dish. Although the dish varies from region to region, it always includes wheat , lentils and meat. (Wiki)
Traditionally Haleem is made with mutton or beef, But I always prefer chicken over mutton. So I always make it with boneless chicken. But I have tasted the traditional mutton Haleem so many times.The best Haleem I have tasted ever was at PAKWAN in Fremont, CA, USA.
And believe me Mutton haleem is more tastier than the chicken haleem, but the latter is healthier. So, here is my way of making haleem. I know its a very long procedure, but its worth it :)
Ingredients:
600 grams of boneless chicken,
1 cup of wheat/ broken wheat,
1/2 cup of chana daal/ gram lentils,
3 tbsp of barley,
1 cup of oil,
1 tbsp garlic paste,
1 big onion,
1-2 tbsp of red chilli powder,
1 tsp of garam masala,
1 tbsp of coriander powder,
a pinch of turmeric powder and
salt to taste.

For garnishing:
1/2 cup finely chopped coriander powder,
1 small piece of ginger- cut into julienne,
2-3 thinly sliced onions,
juice of 1 lemon,
2-3 chopped green chillies (optional) and
Oil for deep frying the onions.

Method:
Soak the wheat, lentils and barley for 1- 1 1/2 hours. Heat 1/2 cup of oil in a heavy bottomed vessel. Add the garlic paste and fry for 1 minute. Now add the chicken pieces and all the dry spices -chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and garam masala and fry for few minutes. Now add the soaked grains and lentils to the chicken and mix well again. Add 6-7 glass glasses of water and cook on medium heat for 1-2 hours or until the lentils, grains and the chicken is cooked. Meanwhile deep fry the onions for garnishing on low flame until, light brown and crisp.Keep aside.
When its cooked, pass the curry through a sieve with small holes, separate the chicken pieces and shred them finely, blend the grains and lentils in a food processor very coarsely. Make sure not to make it to fine paste.
Now mix together the drained liquid, blended grains and shredded meat and bring to boil. Cook over low heat and cover the pan with a lid, and cook for 20 mins, stirring frequently.
Now fry 1 onion in the remaining 1/2 cup of oil, until light brown and add to the haleem and cook on low flame for another 10 minutes.
Garnish with lemon juice, ginger, chopped coriander leaves, and the fried onions. Serve hot as a side dish or main course.

33 comments:

Muneeba said...

Oh wow ... this looks incredible! Hubbs & I would love this as a special weekend treat!

Faiza Ali said...

Thanks Muneeba That was very quick :) Even my Husband loves Haleem. He can have it for breakfast, lunch, dinner and for dessert :))

rekhas kitchen said...

wow looks creamy and delicious very healthy recipe too nice pic.

Smitha said...

First time hearing of Haleem. thanx for the introduction, The recipe sounds great.

Priti said...

I never had haleem but heard a lot abt it..looks so gud

Chow and Chatter said...

wow this looks great lovely thick gravy, new to me

Sailaja Damodaran said...

heard of it but never tasted.....

Ann said...

Faisa,our fav too..hey,this is a Ramadan special too.right ? rich ..

Shaista Tabrez said...

haleem is my fav,urs look mouthwatering....my version is waiting to get posted...enjoy!!!

Pooja said...

Wow looks so good! I have never had this! Yes mutton dish does taste better than chicken because of the amount of fat content. But with chicken its more healthy :)

sangeeta said...

even i can have it for any meal of the day....in India haleem of hyderabad is very famous..

*sangi* said...

Looks creamy&rich!!!my fav. too

Anonymous said...

Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullah Faiza

Your recipe is right in time for Ramadan insha Allah. I pressure cook all the grains in in milk and whole almonds. It turns out great and rich. I am building my new blog and will insha Allah post my recipe soon. Keep up the goodwork!!

UmmIbrahimwaYusuf

Bergamot said...

Looks good... this is one of my favourite dishes. We make a simlar dish which is called "Khichda".

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Priya said...

Woww simply delicious...looks great Faiza!

Priya said...

i love haleem..its a healthy version as u said..mutton is always best meat..and i luv it

Parita said...

Looks good! new to me..

Katy ~ said...

This is new to me. I would welcome a small taste sample as it sounds very good!

Akal's Saappadu said...

I have never tasted Haleem, but while reading the recipe, my mouth is watering :) this must be tasting great!

Divya Vikram said...

This dish is new to me! Sound delicious and beautifully presented!

Carrie said...

Beautiful picture! Looks delicious!

SOUSOUKITCHEN said...

It's new for me, thanks for sharing.
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Mamatkamal,Nassim,Anwar said...

I've just discovered a new dish and it looks really delicious! Thanks.

Divya Kudua said...

I have heard about this dish a lot..

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Yasmeen said...

Awesome haleem ,faiza.I love it equally with mutton or chicken as long as its spicy :D

Pavithra said...

Wow that lovely subzi and all the entries are perfect for the event...

shaikh said...

you have rightly said that haleem varies from place to place but vital ingrediant -meat- wheat- and pulses r must. we make haleem call KHICHDA and main ingredaints beef- your verson of haleem is also very especial. thanks

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