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Hyderabadi Haleem

Farheen's picture
Hello everybody...I've been going through soooo many wonderful recipes on this website since the last few weeks and today i finally decided to post a recipe myself.Its a famous Hyderabadi dish called "Haleem" which is usually prepared during the holy month of Ramadan and is prepared literally in every possible restaurant in Hyderabad.Am sure most of you are already familiar with this recipe,but today am putting up my version of this recipe.Here, am trying to make it as easy as possible for all those who want to try it for the first time and for those who always wished they had a more simple version of this recipe without compromising on the taste.So i really hope all u guys out here will enjoy it.
  Boneless pieces of lamb 2 Pound
  Cracked wheat 3 Cup (48 tbs)
  Ginger garlic paste 4 Tablespoon
  Mixed lentils 1 Cup (16 tbs) (urad daal)
  Red chilli powder 1 Tablespoon
  Turmeric powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Yogurt 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
  Golden n crisp fried onions 1 Cup (16 tbs) (the readymade brands available in the market can be used)
  Cashew nuts 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Garam masala powder 1 Teaspoon (1 tsp shahi zeera,2-3 cardamom,2-3 cloves and 1" cinnamon stick...blend into a fine powder)
  Black pepper corns 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Cinnamon stick 1 Inch
  Cloves 3
  Cardamom 3
  Ghee 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Fresh coriander 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Fresh mint 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Green chillies 6
  Salt To Taste
  Oil 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)

1.First wash and soak the cracked wheat for atleast 1/2 hour.Then wash and clean the lamb thoroughly,trimming off any excess fat.
2.Mix the lamb with 1tbsp of Ginger-Garlic paste, 1/ tsp of salt,Red chilli powder,1/2 tsp Garam masala powder and 1/4 tsp tumeric
3.Pressure cook the lamb on high for 8-10 min[ or until 3 whistles] and then simmer for another 15-20 min.After it cools down...shred n keep aside.
4.Boil the cracked wheat along with the mixed lentils,1tbsp ginger-garlic paste,1/4 tsp turmeric powder,3-4 green chillies,1/2 tsp black pepper corns in 8-10 cups
of water until its cooked completely and the water is almost absorbed by the wheat.
5. Put this wheat in a blender and pulse for a few seconds.[ in 2-3 batches] .Remove and keep aside.
6.Heat the oil in another container add the whole spices,the cooked and shredded lamb,remaining green chillies, 1/2 cup fresh coriander and saute for a 2-3 min.
7. Add the Yoghurt and saute for another 10- 15 min or until a lil oil starts to float on top.
8.Add 3 cups of water and bring it to a boil.
9.Add the cooked Wheat and mix well...adding a little bit of Ghee at a time.Do Check the salt and add if needed.
10. Let it simmer for atleast 1/2 hour...keep stirring in between.

Serve hot Garnished with fried onions, cashew nuts and fresh Coriander.
It can also be enjoyed with FRESH NAAN.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Meaty, Smooth
Slow Cooked
Preparation Time: 
70 Minutes
Cook Time: 
120 Minutes
Ready In: 
190 Minutes
Hyderabadi Haleem Hyderabadi Haleem of Hyderabad, India, is a very popular delicacy. If Hyderabadi Biryani is the meal of a die-hard Hyderabadi, haleem is relished in this part of the world during the Holy month of Ramadan. This traditional wheat porridge has its roots in Arabia, similar to harees. Even today mitthi (sweet) and khari (salted) haleem variants are served for breakfast in the homes of the Arabs living in the Barkas area of the twin cities. But the salted variety is popularly seen during the month of Moharram and Ramadan. The high-calorie haleem is the perfect way to break the ramzan fast. (it contains wheat, various lentils, meat, and pure ghee) Owing to its popularity in Hyderabad, a vegetarian version of haleem, wherein meat is substituted with dry fruits and vegetables, is available mostly in the month of Ramadan and can also be found at some eateries in Hyderabad. In Hyderabad (Deccan), Haleem is the tradional starter in the wedding menu, and is the most relished delicacy on the menu in any functions or occasion.
Hyderabadi Haleem

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Snigdha's picture
Hey Farheen..that is one 'awesome' recipe for Haleem. Am a hyderabadi too and I can totally agree with you on the popularity of haleem in Hyderabad. While I was in Hyderabad, I would go with my friends to 'Pista House' in Charminar, Paradise in Secunderabad to enjoy this delicacy. My Mom also makes some when am in the mood for it. She learnt it from some of her friends while we stayed in Saudi for about 10 years during my childhood. I remember going to our friends 'Iftar' parties (correct me if i spelt it/got it wrong). My mouth still waters when i remind myself of the Haleem, Sheer Korma and Biryani's unique to the Arab culture. Wow....I guess am getting nostalgic now!! Someday I will post my version of the Haleem too. Thanks for posting a wonderful recipe.
Khazina Waraich 's picture
Hey! thanks for this recipe, I tried it out today and it has come out perfect- just like haleem should taste! Now all I need is some fresh home-made naan to complete this great culinary experience!
Farheen's picture
Thanks a lot Khazina for trying this out.Am glad it turned out perfect.Enjoy!!
Aamer's picture
Salaam Well this is my mom's version too and I love it. I don't know how they make in pasta house. Thanks for posting..
RN's picture
very nice recipe. this is the original one
Sudha Arcot's picture
Hi Farheen, This is the most delicious Hydrabadi Haleem of our lifes...a special thanks from our family for the recipe. I have to tell u that my in-laws have lived in Hyderabad and enjoyed Haleem every year during Ramadan without fail(thier favorite is the Pista House Haleem)...this year however they are in Canada and they were really really missing Haleem. So, i found your recipe and just wanted to see how close i get to their favorite Pista House Haleem...(I, myself have never tasted Haleem when I was in India). So, i asked my father-in-law if it was anywhere near thier favorite and he said 'no' is far far better than any Haleem they ever tasted in thier life. With this one dish i became a chef...from being a bad cook. Thanks again from the bottom of my heart! Sudha
Farheen's picture
Thanks a lot really glad that you and everyone in your family loved this recipe.Do thank your father in law for giving it such a good rating :) Enjoy!!!
Syed Ansar's picture
Salam, Thanks Farheen for the recipie of such a delicious recipe. Basically I am from north, so people in our area didnt have much idea about the dish. Ansar
Farheen's picture
Thanks Ansar for ur comment.
Anonymous's picture
hyderabadi haleem does not have lentils in it. it is called dalya if lentels are mixed with wheat.
Farheen's picture
As i mentioned in the begining of my introduction...that this recipe is my version of the haleem...i prefer adding the lentils to give more texure to the haleem..u can choose not to add them if wish.
Anonymous's picture
its very yummy
Farheen's picture
thanks much for ur comment
Archana g's picture
Hi Farheen, I stay in US and haleem is one of our favorite dish which we miss here. I made this dish with chicken instead of lamb. At the end instead of 30 min, I boiled it for 3 hrs and the output is awesome. It was just like pista house Haleem. My family loved it..... Thank you so much for the wonderful receipe.
Farheen's picture
Your welcome Archana and also thanks for trying my recipe. I make haleem with chicken too, when i run out of lamb..and it comes out equally good..u can also try mixing both lamb and comes even better.Am glad that u let it simmer for 3 local city restaurants in india..the haleem is left to simmer for hours...u just have to keep stirring it regularly.
Sanyi's picture
Hello to all, I remember seeing men selling Khichada on a cart (Rehdi or thel) in Agra, while I was a kid, but I never tasted it. the reason it was Beef. Now I am feeling to make it. I heard Khichada and Haleem are similar. So tomorrow I am going to make it with lamb. Thanks for Sharing. Kind regards Sanyi
Farheen's picture
All the best Sanyi
Azra_111's picture
Salam Farheen, Thanks for the receipe. I tried it out today and it came out very good. I never had haleem earlier, But my husband loves pista house haleem..He ate my Haleem and felt it tasted exactly like pista house haleem...Thanks a lot for reminding us India's haleem.
Farheen's picture
Walaikumsalam Azra...thanks for trying it out and am so glad that so many people out here think my haleem is as good as the pista house haleem. Thanks much.
kulsum shaikh's picture
aap ke haleem wali receipe bahot achi hain ghar main sub log bahot tarif kar rahen ka bahut sukriya ye receipe net per bataneke leye.kunki kafi dino se main ye receipe sub logon se punch rahi thi. leken sahe taraha se kisi bhi pata nahi tha. once again thanks for the receipe.
Farheen's picture
Aapka bahot bahot shukriya aapko meri yeh recipe pasand aaye.
samz's picture
hey nice recipe !! bt thrz no lentils in real recipe ..
Farheen's picture
Thank You Samz...i prefer adding the lentils for the texture.You can try adding more meat if you do not wish to add the lentils.
FaiZi's picture
hey...there r no lentils in it, i asked my mom, she said so. Btw...i will try cooking it for da first time tommorow, hope it turnz out gud (fingerz crossed), Cuz i really dont understand half of da ingredientz n da cookin part.
Farheen's picture
Hey FaiZi...,i appreciate ur time to leave me a comment.The ingredients are not very complicated unless one is new to the kitchen.Am sure your mom can help you out with the ingredients.
Safna Rahuman's picture
I have a doubt in cooking step #3. During Pressure cook the lamb what is the quantity of water to be added?
Farheen's picture
Hey Safna...lemme tell you that the meat it self has a tendency to leave just to be on the safe side u can add 1 n half/cup water to the lamb before u pressure cook it.And if there's lot of water left after u finish cooking the lamb...just leave it on a high flame without the lid until all the water evaporates...and then u can shredd it.
Anonymous's picture
what happened to the half cup of cashews?
Farheen's picture
The cashews are for garnishing...i've mentioned it in the end.
Anonymous's picture
ive noted down this recipe i m gonna try it widin a couple of days
Farheen's picture
All The Best :)
Gautam's picture
Hi Farheen, I am from Kolkata. In my childhood during Ramdan days I tried Haleem at Golden Shiraz on Park Street. They served it with fresh onion, ginger,pudina, green chilly and lemon. The combination was wonderful. My hobby is collecting recipes and cooking. I am definitely going to try your recipe.
Farheen's picture
Thanks Gautam.Let me know how it turned out.
kainaat's picture
salam farheen!I love haleem and I was looking for a good haleem recipe for many days but couldn't find one and now I found it,thanks for sending this recipe for poor ones like me,who cant make haleem by themselves,hope it turns out good...Wish me best of luck.
Farheen's picture
Walaikum salaam Kainaat.Best Of Luck.Thanks for trying out my recipe.Hope you'll like it.Let me know how it turned out.
Anon12343's picture
That's an awesome reply. Did she wait for a year to start making it :P Awesome recipe though. Tried it once. Doing once again :) after 3 years
Anonymous's picture
hi farheen, i tried this dish its really superb thanks for such a nice recipe
Farheen's picture
You'r Welcome and thanks.
Nandita Singh's picture
Farheen, Thanks sooooo much. I m from north and never knew haleem till i got married and found my husband loves haleem, i also realised its a complete meal in itself. Read other people's comments that real recipe doesnt have lentils, but I prefer lentils in it coz its healthy and we get all components of nutrition from this.
Farheen's picture
Hey Nandita,thanks for trying out my recipe. I hope you and your husband enjoyed it. I add the lentills for the same reason too and apart from being healthy and nutritious they give a nice texture to the dish.Hope you you'll make it again.Enjoy !!!
Anonymous's picture
salaam farheen, thanks for this wonderful recipe, can you please tell me whether it is vegetable ghee or pure ghee,,thanks, will try your recipe sooon..bye!!!1
Farheen's picture
Walikum salaam.I prefer using pure ghee, because it gives a nice flavor to the haleem.Moreover i guess the vegetable ghee is hydrogenated and hyderogenated oils/fats are not healthy.Better use pure ghee,cause a little ghee goes a long way also adding great flavour to the dish.Thanks for trying out my recipe
 irshad abdulla gazge's picture
thanks sudha i was there in hydrabad for 2 months and loved to eat haleem it was my favourate and also got some hint of preparing the orignal haleem but it was forgotten by me and after checking so many recepies on the net i got satisfied with yours as no one was using cashew nuts thanks.
Latika's picture
Hi Farheen - thank you so much for sharing such an AMAZING recipe. I swapped the lamb for chicken mince 'coz that was all I had. My husband is a Hyderabad local and is fasting at the moment. He came to Sydney only recently and has been missing this local delicacy - I've never had it before so I cooked with blind faith. After the 30 min simmering mark, he tasted a bit and unconvincingly said it was good but it was no Haleem. Keeping the comments below in mind I let it simmer very gently for about 2 and a half hours and upon tasting it he admitted that all the comments below were not an exaggeration and it was indeed an exceptional Haleem! So thank you for making my first Haleem experience such an incredible and happy one. It'll definitely become a favourite in my home and I can't wait to share it with my family and friends.
Farheen's picture
Hey Latika, thanks for trying out my recipe.It gives me such a pleasure to read these comments,always reminds me of my early days in the kitchen. Am glad that you let it simmer for that long...the more you let it simmer the better,but careful not to burn it.
suriah's picture
assalamualaikum farheen.. am suriah here.. plzz tel me what is the approximate weight of the mutton.?????????plz mention it in kgs.. thank u....
Farheen's picture
Walaikum salaam Suriah, 2lbs is approximately 1 kg in weight.
Nazia Saif's picture
hey farheen...what is the quantity of meat ????
iysu's picture
nice recipe of Haleem, i prepare this n very fine tasty
Farheen's picture
Thank you Iysu.Am glad you liked it.
abc123's picture
thanx farheen ,i tried ur recipe for twice and both the times the haleem came up so nice,i will alway use ur recipe...plz try to upload some more famous hyderabadi dishes. Thank you
Farheen's picture
Thank you so much,really appreciate it.I have been thinking of putting up more recipes,somehow dont find enough time.But will surly try to take some time out and add more recipes.
zeens's picture
faheen...its really da easy and the best haleem recipe....thanx for posting it....
Farheen's picture
you'r always welcome Zeens.
Summaya's picture
Hi farheen this reciepe was awesome
Farheen's picture
Thank you Summaya for trying it out.
Summaya's picture
Hi farheen this reciepe was awesome
Anonymous's picture
Assalam alykum every one here,it os not haleem,it is called as daleem as it is prepared with dalia,Haleem is the name of Allah Subhana hu tala.
Farheen's picture
Walaikum salaam, Wow "DALEEM" never heard of that before.
Mrs.Yasin Nur's picture
Aslaamalaikum farheen,my husband is sunni african,i m in south africa,mashallah i c ur recipe n i cook really it was delicious,mind blowing,now i cook weekly once,n also ramadan is near,i may cook daily,allahhafiz
Farheen's picture
Walaikum asalaam Mrs Yasin. Am so happy to know that you like my recipe so much as to cook it weekly.So glad to know that you and your husband it so much
Anonymous's picture
Hello, i luv haleem and i tasted it in hyd for the first time when i was working there. Since then i alwys wondered how this delicious receipe is made. I decided to cook it myself since my parents did'nt like me to eat outside food. The receipes browsed on the net were so complicated and difficult to make. But ur haleem receipe sounds easy to prepare and i shall try it at home. Thanks for making the receipe simple.
Farheen's picture
Thank you so much.Let me know how it turned out.
afreen's picture
hey, farheen! Thanx a lot 4 ur recipe. Its realy vry easy n al d ingredients r easily available.. Thank u. Inshallah m gonna try it vry soon. Jazakhallah khair.. Ramzan mubarak
Farheen's picture
Hey Afreen....Ramzaan Mubarak to you too and Happy Cooking :)
Anonymous's picture
thanks for the recp farheen........ 2day i am making it for the first time for iftiyari..... insha allah it should come out well insha allah.. because i am not into kitchen as am still studying...... i will infrm u the feedback soon insha allah..... hope my mum dad n bro like it... n jazak allah for such a wonderfull recp.... :-). rubina
Farheen's picture
Assalamalikum Rubina, Thanks for trying out my recipe.I hope it tunrs out good and your family enjoys it.
Dr.Shameema's picture
masha allah, very good
Farheen's picture
Thank you so much Dr.Shameema.
aajuveria khan's picture
Masha Allah, ha i jzt love d haleem............................, wat delicious dish....................khans favrouite, waise i dnt lyk to anything bt i love haleem, i m avegtrian, bt i love haleem n i m eating haleem
Farheen's picture
Thanks a lot Juveria
juveria khan's picture
wow........................ nice
seema 's picture
not good
Dheeraj Arcot's picture
Hi Farheen, Thanks for the wonderful recipe which has transformed my wife from waiter to Chef in one day Lol. She (Sudha Arcot) has already thanked you for it. I've lived all my life in Hyderabad and have hogged on Haleem at Ramzaan time all my life and your haleem recipe is close to Pista house or Paradise hotel. But, I just have one request from you. Can you please help me re create the shorba that they put on haleem. I've no clue how to prepare it. Can you please help? Thanks, Dheeraj
rummana's picture
Salaam Farheen, thanks for ur recipe i tried it.Its awesome .....
Dolly 's picture
scrumptious!!!!!!!!!! I loved it...... Thanks!!!!!
Ozha's picture
I'm trying it now.Lets see :)
mano's picture
aoa how are you ? now i m trying to cook haleem.
arghany's picture
fouzia hassan's picture
very nice recipe,its very yummy and tasty. .
nafisa Asif's picture
i tryed was very tasty and delicious..
nadeem's picture
hi iam nadeem. i prepare this haleem mashallah its very good .this recipe make me cook in my home n with out my wife help. can any one give such a short n sweet dishes.non veg only plz. my email id is awaitng for another recipe happy ramazan to all
syeda's picture
its a wonderful recipe...turned out jus great wen i made it following ur recipe...thnx:-)
Samina.Tapia's picture
Yes indeed this is one of the best haleem recipes you can ever find. This is my go-to recipe every Ramadan!
syeda's picture
the second time i made this came out even better....all thnx to i hv the confidence to make more quantity of haleem n even send my neighbrs too..!!
sameha's picture
Thxa lotfr the recipe it very easy nd tastes yummy :))
Anonymchakrious's picture
Thanks for the recipe buddy...tried it out today and am super satisfied with was awesome :)
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