Haleem Or Daleem - Spiced Meat Lentil, Pulse And Rice Porridge

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Jun. 04, 2020

Haleem or Daleem is made not just in the Indian subcontinent but also in Pakistan and Bangladesh by the Muslim community especially during the holy month of Ramadan. This dish is made with lentils, pulses grain slow cooked together with either Mutton, Lamb, Beef or Chicken. Slow cooking this makes it paste like and hearty and is a perfect meal to start the day especially if you're fasting. Even if you're not, Haleem is loved by all communities and all religions, it's texture and taste is a favorite of many!


For grain paste:
Broken wheat 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Urad dal 1/2 Tablespoon
Chana dal 1/2 Tablespoon
Masoor dal 1/2 Tablespoon
Sesame seeds 1/2 Tablespoon
Rice 1/2 Tablespoon
Split moong dal 1/2 Tablespoon
Barley 1/2 Tablespoon
Cashew nuts 9
Ghee 1 Tablespoon
Water 1 Liter
For spicy mutton:
Mutton 500 Gram (bone in)
Lime 1/2 , juiced
Ghee 1 Tablespoon
Oil 2 Tablespoon
Cinnamon stick 2 Inch
Star anise 1
Black cardamoms 4
Green cardamoms 6
Cloves 6
Peppercorns 10
Shah Jeera 1 Teaspoon
Fried onions 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Ginger garlic paste 3 Teaspoon
Chilli powder 1 Teaspoon
Tumeric 1/2 Teaspoon
Garam masala 2 Teaspoon
Sliced green chilies 1 Tablespoon
Yogurt 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Chopped coriander 1 Tablespoon
Mint leaves 1 Tablespoon
Water 500 Milliliter
Salt To Taste
For garnish:
Melted ghee 2 Tablespoon
Fried onions 2 Tablespoon
Sliced green chilies 2
Chopped coriander 1 Teaspoon
Chopped mint 1 Teaspoon
Freshly cracked pepper To Taste



1. Place all the lentils, barley & rice in a food processor and process till coarse.

2. Heat up one tbsp of ghee and lightly saute the mixture.

3. Add water starting with 500 ml and cook for 15 – 20 mins, stirring in between to prevent burning and adding water as the mixture cooks and thickens.

4. Leave this aside to cool and if preferred you can process half of this till smoother if desired.

5. Marinate the mutton simply with the lime juice and salt.


6. In the Instant pot or a regular pressure cooker heat the ghee and oil together.

7. Add all the whole spices and shah jeera.

8. Add all the mutton and allow to saute on both sides.

9. Add the fried onions and cook for a few minutes.

10. Now add the ginger and garlic paste and all the powder spices and the green chillies.

11. Give this a good mix so the spices coat the meat.

12. Now add the yogurt and mix well.

13. Add the coriander and mint, water, seal the pressure cooker and cook for 40 mins.

14. After 40 mins open the lid and turn the heat back on so all the gravy evaporates and allow to cool.

15. Once cool remove all the bones and whole spices.

16. Mash the meat with your fingers.

17. If your lentil paste has become dry while waiting, add some water and mix it.

18. Add this to the meat mixture and mix/beat continuously for 10 – 15 mins.

19. Once the paste starts to get glutinous and thick it will start to bubble so be sure to have a lid handy to protect yourself.

20. Switch off the heat and serve with melted ghee, friend onions, sliced green chillies, chopped coriander and mint and fresh cracked pepper.


21. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 60 Minutes
Ready In: 60 Minutes
Servings: 4