Shahi haleem is an eastern dish cooked with lentils and meat. My kids love to eat haleem. Whenever I ask them what to cook, they always reply haleem or nihari. Every time I cook haleem I know for sure that kids will finish their lunch or dinner. The nutritional values of haleem are very high, so it is a very healthy dish. Many people find it a very difficult dish to make, but with the right ingredients and recipe, anyone can master it. There is some conflict over the pronounciation of the name of the dish. Some call it Daleem while others Haleem. It can also be confused with Khichara, an Indian dish. It is similar to Haleem but it has way more meat than in Haleem. However, to those who know Haleem, Haleem is nothing but Haleem.
Here is the recipe for Shahi haleem.
Daal moong 1/2 cup
Daal chana 1/2 cup
Daal mash 1/2 cup
Daal masoor 1/2 cup
Wheat porridge 1 cup
Boneless beef or chicken 500g
Cooking oil 1 cup
Garlic paste 1 teaspoon
Ginger paste 1 teaspoon
Onion 1 thinly sliced
Haleem masala 1 packet
Coriander and ginger for garnishing
Mix all daals(pulses) and porridge in a big bowl. Wash them and soak them in water for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, pour 1/2 cup oil in a pan. Cook ginger and garlic paste in it until slightly brown. Be careful not to burn them as it can ruin the entire Haleem's taste. Add boneless chicken or beef, whichever you prefer, and also the haleem masala. Cook on high heat for 3 to 4 minutes, then add 3 liters of water. When the water starts boiling, strain and add the daals. Cook on low heat, covered. After 90 minutes, Check if the meat and daals are fully cooked. Grind the mixture in a food processor. Pour the mixture back in the pan and cook for 10 minutes. Add some water if the consistency of haleem is too thick.
For the tarka, heat oil in a frying pan. When the oil becomes hot, add onion. When the onion is golden, pour it on the haleem. Put haleem in a nice bowl, garnish with ginger and coriander. It can be eaten with a spoon and also with naan.
Things to remember
- If you are using beef pass a knife through it to check if its cooked properly. Beef takes more time than chicken to cook.
- If you are not a big fan of chilies, add only half packet of haleem masala.
- Always remember to turn off the stove, before tarka.
- You can also sprinkle chaat masala on the top, if you are looking for more spicy version of haleem.
Haleem is a divine and homely dish full of proteins and nutrients. It is a dish that every member of family will enjoy.