Lentil Haleem is a unique and traditional Arabic dish. It is a mixture of meat, lentils, wheat, and spices. Moreover, its grainy and creamy curry makes it different from other Asian dishes. It is a nutritious dish as it contains a high proportion of proteins.
The commonly named “Haleem” is actually called “Daleem” as it is prepared using “Dal” (lentils or pulses). It is mostly cooked in Muharrum (the first month in the lunar calendar). But cravings are not limited to months or days. You can prepare this delicious dish easily at home on any day.
Ingredients required include meat with bones, oil, onion, Himalayan Pink Salt, ginger garlic paste, and Haleem Masala. Additionally, we need finely sliced ginger, lemon juice, chat masala powder, chopped green chilies, and fresh green coriander leaves will be used for garnish.
Chicken, mutton, or beef, any meat can be used for preparing Haleem as it depends upon your choice. However, the time for cooking the meat will vary. So, adjust it accordingly.
Firstly, take a large cooking pot,and add oil to it. Now add the meat, Himalayan Pink, ginger garlic paste,and Haleem Masala. Stir the mixture until meat changes color. Next, add enough water and close the pressure cooker and cook it until the meat is tender.
Turn off the flame and separate the bones from the meat. The meat and gravy mixture now needs to be blended coarsely. Now pour this blended mixture into another container and add water. Cook it for 30 minutes at lowflame. However, stir it occasionally to keep it from burning from the bottom.
In the meanwhile, cut the onion into slices. In a frying pan, pour some oil and add the sliced onion to it. Fry the onion until it becomes golden brown. Don’t overcook, as the onion will become black in seconds and ruin the taste. When the Haleem is ready and you have the required consistency of the curry, add this “Tarka” over the Haleem.
When serving, pour the Haleem in a bowl, add fried onion, mint, and coriander leaves, sprinkle julienne ginger, chat masala powder, and lemon juice. As a side item, you can have fried onions and fried ginger pieces to add as per choice. It can be served with Naan; however, some people love eating it with a spoon.
Pro Tip: If you cook meat with Haleem Masala first, then add lentil mix and cook until tender, you can get a more enriched taste due to the juice that the meat realizes.
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