Hyderabadi Haleem Recipe

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.
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Summary

Preparation Time1 Hr 10 MinCooking Time2 Hr 0 Min
Ready In3 Hr 10 MinDifficulty LevelMedium
Health IndexHealthyServings6
CuisineCourse
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Recipe Story

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.

Ingredients

 Boneless pieces of lamb2 Pound
 Cracked wheat3 Cup (48 tbs)
 Ginger garlic paste4 Tablespoon
 Mixed lentils1 Cup (16 tbs) (urad daal)
 Red chilli powder1 Tablespoon
 Turmeric powder1⁄2 Teaspoon
 Yogurt1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
 Golden n crisp fried onions1 Cup (16 tbs) (the readymade brands available in the market can be used)
 Cashew nuts1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
 Garam masala powder1 Teaspoon (1 tsp shahi zeera,2-3 cardamom,2-3 cloves and 1" cinnamon stick...blend into a fine powder)
 Black pepper corns1⁄2 Teaspoon
 Cinnamon stick1 Inch
 Cloves3
 Cardamom3
 Ghee1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
 Fresh coriander1 Cup (16 tbs)
 Fresh mint1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
 Green chillies6
 Salt To Taste
 Oil1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)

Directions

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.

Comments

Anonymous

Anonymchakrious says :

Thanks for the recipe buddy...tried it out today and am super satisfied with myself...it was awesome :)
Posted on: 5 August 2012 - 5:39am
Anonymous

sameha says :

Thxa lotfr the recipe it very easy nd tastes yummy :))
Posted on: 3 August 2012 - 1:34pm
Anonymous

syeda says :

the second time i made this came out even better....all thnx to u...now i hv the confidence to make more quantity of haleem n even send my neighbrs too..!!
Posted on: 30 July 2012 - 5:08pm
Anonymous

syeda says :

its a wonderful recipe...turned out jus great wen i made it following ur recipe...thnx:-)
Posted on: 23 July 2012 - 11:37am
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Samina Tapia says :

Yes indeed this is one of the best haleem recipes you can ever find. This is my go-to recipe every Ramadan!
Posted on: 24 July 2012 - 6:23am
Anonymous

nadeem says :

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 nadeemiyaz@yahoo.com. awaitng for another recipe happy ramazan to all
Posted on: 23 July 2012 - 11:12am
Anonymous

nafisa Asif says :

i tryed yesterday.it was very tasty and delicious..
Posted on: 8 July 2012 - 6:02am
Anonymous

fouzia hassan says :

very nice recipe,its very yummy and tasty. .
Posted on: 2 June 2012 - 4:05pm
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arghany says :

beautiful!
Posted on: 12 December 2011 - 11:19pm
Anonymous

mano says :

aoa how are you ? now i m trying to cook haleem.
Posted on: 2 December 2011 - 6:23am
Anonymous

Ozha says :

I'm trying it now.Lets see :)
Posted on: 25 November 2011 - 5:07am
Anonymous

Dolly says :

scrumptious!!!!!!!!!! I loved it...... Thanks!!!!!
Posted on: 22 November 2011 - 10:48am
Anonymous

rummana says :

Salaam Farheen, thanks for ur recipe i tried it.Its awesome .....
Posted on: 3 October 2011 - 10:49pm
Anonymous

Dheeraj Arcot says :

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
Posted on: 17 August 2011 - 12:01pm
Anonymous

seema says :

not good
Posted on: 16 August 2011 - 10:51am
Anonymous

juveria khan says :

wow........................ nice
Posted on: 12 August 2011 - 9:08pm
Anonymous

aajuveria khan says :

Masha Allah, wow.........................cool 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
Posted on: 12 August 2011 - 9:05pm
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Farheen says :

Thanks a lot Juveria
Posted on: 16 August 2011 - 2:42am
Anonymous

Dr.Shameema says :

masha allah, very good
Posted on: 10 August 2011 - 7:24am
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Farheen says :

Thank you so much Dr.Shameema.
Posted on: 16 August 2011 - 2:39am
Anonymous

Anonymous says :

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
Posted on: 10 August 2011 - 4:08am
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Farheen says :

Assalamalikum Rubina, Thanks for trying out my recipe.I hope it tunrs out good and your family enjoys it.
Posted on: 16 August 2011 - 2:38am
Anonymous

afreen says :

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
Posted on: 7 August 2011 - 9:13am
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Farheen says :

Hey Afreen....Ramzaan Mubarak to you too and Happy Cooking :)
Posted on: 16 August 2011 - 2:37am
Anonymous

Anonymous says :

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.
Posted on: 4 August 2011 - 7:48am
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Farheen says :

Thank you so much.Let me know how it turned out.
Posted on: 16 August 2011 - 2:35am
Anonymous

Mrs.Yasin Nur says :

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
Posted on: 19 July 2011 - 8:47am
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Farheen says :

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
Posted on: 16 August 2011 - 2:33am
Anonymous

Anonymous says :

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.
Posted on: 11 May 2011 - 7:10am
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Farheen says :

Walaikum salaam, Wow "DALEEM" never heard of that before.
Posted on: 16 August 2011 - 2:30am
Anonymous

Summaya says :

Hi farheen this reciepe was awesome
Posted on: 28 April 2011 - 5:50am
Anonymous

Summaya says :

Hi farheen this reciepe was awesome
Posted on: 28 April 2011 - 5:50am
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Farheen says :

Thank you Summaya for trying it out.
Posted on: 16 August 2011 - 2:28am
Anonymous

zeens says :

faheen...its really da easy and the best haleem recipe....thanx for posting it....
Posted on: 20 April 2011 - 10:24pm
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Farheen says :

you'r always welcome Zeens.
Posted on: 16 August 2011 - 2:27am
Anonymous

abc123 says :

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
Posted on: 3 April 2011 - 10:09pm
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Farheen says :

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.
Posted on: 16 August 2011 - 2:26am
Anonymous

iysu says :

nice recipe of Haleem, i prepare this n very fine tasty
Posted on: 1 September 2010 - 9:17pm
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Farheen says :

Thank you Iysu.Am glad you liked it.
Posted on: 16 August 2011 - 2:22am
Anonymous

Nazia Saif says :

hey farheen...what is the quantity of meat ????
Posted on: 29 August 2010 - 9:48am
Anonymous

suriah says :

assalamualaikum farheen.. am suriah here.. plzz tel me what is the approximate weight of the mutton.?????????plz mention it in kgs.. thank u....
Posted on: 28 August 2010 - 8:23am
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Farheen says :

Walaikum salaam Suriah, 2lbs is approximately 1 kg in weight.
Posted on: 16 August 2011 - 2:21am
Anonymous

Latika says :

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.
Posted on: 21 August 2010 - 9:22am
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Farheen says :

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.
Posted on: 16 August 2011 - 2:19am
Anonymous

irshad abdulla gazge says :

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.
Posted on: 19 August 2010 - 2:44am
Anonymous

Anonymous says :

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
Posted on: 18 August 2010 - 5:08pm
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Farheen says :

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
Posted on: 14 August 2011 - 4:08pm
Anonymous

Nandita Singh says :

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.
Posted on: 14 August 2010 - 5:03pm
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Farheen says :

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 !!!
Posted on: 14 August 2011 - 4:03pm
Anonymous

Anonymous says :

hi farheen, i tried this dish its really superb thanks for such a nice recipe
Posted on: 12 August 2010 - 10:29am
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Farheen says :

You'r Welcome and thanks.
Posted on: 14 August 2011 - 4:00pm
Anonymous

kainaat says :

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.
Posted on: 13 July 2010 - 1:09pm
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Farheen says :

Walaikum salaam Kainaat.Best Of Luck.Thanks for trying out my recipe.Hope you'll like it.Let me know how it turned out.
Posted on: 14 August 2011 - 3:59pm
Anonymous

Anon12343 says :

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
Posted on: 3 August 2012 - 7:08pm
Anonymous

Gautam says :

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.
Posted on: 29 June 2010 - 6:34am
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Farheen says :

Thanks Gautam.Let me know how it turned out.
Posted on: 14 August 2011 - 3:56pm
Anonymous

Anonymous says :

ive noted down this recipe i m gonna try it widin a couple of days
Posted on: 25 May 2010 - 12:52pm
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Farheen says :

All The Best :)
Posted on: 14 August 2011 - 3:55pm
Anonymous

Anonymous says :

what happened to the half cup of cashews?
Posted on: 21 April 2010 - 3:22am
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Farheen says :

The cashews are for garnishing...i've mentioned it in the end.
Posted on: 25 May 2010 - 2:01pm
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Safna Rahuman says :

I have a doubt in cooking step #3. During Pressure cook the lamb what is the quantity of water to be added?
Posted on: 20 March 2010 - 3:25am
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Farheen says :

Hey Safna...lemme tell you that the meat it self has a tendency to leave water...so 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.
Posted on: 25 May 2010 - 2:00pm
Anonymous

FaiZi says :

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.
Posted on: 28 February 2010 - 2:37pm
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Farheen says :

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.
Posted on: 25 May 2010 - 1:54pm
Anonymous

samz says :

hey nice recipe !! bt thrz no lentils in real recipe ..
Posted on: 28 February 2010 - 1:06pm
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Farheen says :

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.
Posted on: 25 May 2010 - 1:51pm
Anonymous

kulsum shaikh says :

aap ke haleem wali receipe bahot achi hain ghar main sub log bahot tarif kar rahen thy.app 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.
Posted on: 12 January 2010 - 5:48am
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Farheen says :

Aapka bahot bahot shukriya Kulsum..ke aapko meri yeh recipe pasand aaye.
Posted on: 25 May 2010 - 1:49pm
Anonymous

Azra_111 says :

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.
Posted on: 24 November 2009 - 7:32pm
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Farheen says :

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.
Posted on: 25 May 2010 - 1:46pm
Anonymous

Sanyi says :

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
Posted on: 14 November 2009 - 2:12pm
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Farheen says :

All the best Sanyi
Posted on: 25 May 2010 - 1:43pm
Anonymous

Archana g says :

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.
Posted on: 27 September 2009 - 9:47am
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Farheen says :

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 chicken...it comes even better.Am glad that u let it simmer for 3 hrs...in local city restaurants in india..the haleem is left to simmer for hours...u just have to keep stirring it regularly.
Posted on: 25 May 2010 - 1:42pm
Anonymous

Anonymous says :

its very yummy
Posted on: 20 September 2009 - 9:47am
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Farheen says :

thanks much for ur comment
Posted on: 25 May 2010 - 1:33pm
Anonymous

Anonymous says :

hyderabadi haleem does not have lentils in it. it is called dalya if lentels are mixed with wheat.
Posted on: 13 September 2009 - 2:48pm
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Farheen says :

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.
Posted on: 25 May 2010 - 1:32pm
Anonymous

Syed Ansar says :

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
Posted on: 13 September 2009 - 1:18pm
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Farheen says :

Thanks Ansar for ur comment.
Posted on: 25 May 2010 - 1:25pm
Anonymous

Sudha Arcot says :

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'...it 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
Posted on: 11 September 2009 - 12:45pm
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Farheen says :

Thanks a lot Sudha...am 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!!!
Posted on: 25 May 2010 - 1:24pm
Anonymous

RN says :

very nice recipe. this is the original one
Posted on: 28 August 2009 - 7:53am
Anonymous

Khazina Waraich says :

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!
Posted on: 23 June 2009 - 8:56am
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Farheen says :

Thanks a lot Khazina for trying this out.Am glad it turned out perfect.Enjoy!!
Posted on: 25 May 2010 - 2:02pm
Anonymous

Aamer says :

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..
Posted on: 10 June 2011 - 10:18pm
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Snigdha says :

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.
Posted on: 21 September 2007 - 1:07pm
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