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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Ramzan Delicacy---"Haleem"

The month of Ramadaan is on in full glory and while the month is all about performing your religious duties to the best of your abilities, demonstrating piety n humbleness, abstaining from any sinful act and leading a good life as prescribed by Allah...what it also is about is "iftaar"...i.e. the traditional breaking of the fast at sunset...and while there are a number of delicacies which give "iftaar" it's flavor, there is none more worthy than that special dish, available only during this month, called "haleem".

Ramadaan is incomplete without the lip smacking delight of haleem, a stew/porridge made by slow cooking a combination of lentils, wheat, tender meat and a variety of spices. It's very high on nutritional value and serves well to energise the body after a day long fast.

It is available across cities in India...one can find a stall/joint selling haleem from deghs (big copper utensil) in every Muslim neighbourhood during Ramadaan...however the dish's lovers cut across religious divides. The Hyderabadi haleem is famous all over though I can vouch for the fact that Kolkata has some very worthy chaperones of it's own.


500 gm mutton/chicken/beef cut into small pieces
3/4 pieces of cardamom n cloves
1/2 tsp of cumin seeds or zeera
1 cup moong dal
2 Tbsp chana dal
1 cup of broken wheat
2 onions, fried n crushed
2 tsp ginger-garlic paste
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp red chilli powder
2 bunches of coriander leaves, chopped
2 Tbsp curd


Soak the wheat separately and the dals together for about 6 hrs
Pressure cook separately with water for upto 4 whistles each
Heat oil, pop the cumin seeds, cardamom and cloves
Add the crushed onions and ginger-garlic paste and fry
Add the meat, turmeric, chilli powder, coriander leaves and salt and cook for upto 4 whistles
Add the curd and mix well
Add the cooked dals and wheat to the meat
Mix well and serve hot with ghee n lemon

P.S. The recipe is not mine:)

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28 eulogies: on "Ramzan Delicacy---"Haleem""

Vinz aka Vinu said...


that one i will try for sure at home..

meanwhile, during ramdaan time, meat is allowed or wt..?just curious..


comfortably numb said...

buddy, during the time of the fast nothing is allowed to be eaten or drunk but from sunset to sunrise everything lawful,including meat is allowed to be consumed:)

gunj said...

hey we did d same recipe on ambrosia this week!
im a vegetarian else i wud hav def tried it!!

joiedevivre said...

yeah i kno abt dis iftar party..my frnd told me.
well m vegy so haleem didnt intrested me much.

nyways hope u njoyed party

joiedevivre said...

hey just tell me abt dis song
"teri yadein"
bohot hi khoobsurat hai
its frm wich movie

Keshi said...

OMG Im drooling here :(

I had some Muslim friends and during their fasting period, they used to send us some really yummy mutton and rice soup every evening...I used to long for that every single day, like a greedy person :)

I so wanna taste this now. I know that Muslims r skilled at making really delicious dishes!


Solitaire said...

Looks soooooooooooo good!!! Am forwarding this to a friend of mine who loves eating nonvegetarian delicacies.

comfortably numb said...

will chck ambrosia out!!!
btw..thrs a veggie version of dis dish too...u cud try tht out

comfortably numb said...

am njoying d iftar all month long..thnx
n btw..thrs a veggie version of dis dish too...maybe tht interests u

comfortably numb said...

arre its not 4m a movie...thr used to be a serial once on SAB Tv called "love story"...ye song us serial ka hai...its an awesome song..I cud send it to u if u want it!!!

comfortably numb said...

I hope u can find dis somehow in Sydney...I mean I can understand d feeling of not getting to eat this:(

Akshaya Kamalnath said...

Its a fav dish of mine...used 2 have a muslim friend who got it to school during the ramzan month just for me. Have'nt had it since a long time now - that too considering I've moved to Hyderabad.
This post totally brought delicious memories to my mind:)

Beauty and the BEast said...

Dont remind me!!

I remember the Haleem from Hyderabad and it was mouth-watering!! Almost made me believe that it was worth fasting for (though I never had to fast for it, coz am not a muslim) but love the Haleem!

And this post just makes me want to get there as soon as I can and go grab some haleema and pamper my taste buds!!

rantravereflect/ jane said...

soooooooooooo totallllllly yummmmm!!
when we used to live in oman, we had omani neighbours , with whom we almost learnt the tradition of ramzan..- the wfiff of amazing food in the evening would make us go weak in the knees..
well, loved the haleem picture :)
n thanks for the recipe :)

comfortably numb said...

yeah, it does tend to evoke such reactions:D
get on a plane else get it 4m ur neighbourhood in ur city!!

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