Haleem is a minced meat plus wheat based delicasy, that is prepared during the fasting month of Ramzaan(Ramadhaan). I happended to taste this heavenly dish at Hyderabad. I was told that, it is a speciality food and its prepared only at two places (Lucknow and Hyderabad). The exciting fact of the recipe is, its long cooking hours. Oh, yes...it takes a whole day...soaking, grinding and cooking it. This really heightens the joy feasting, after a fast. As I mentioned before, I really enjoy slow cooking...its lot of fun.
I tried the same recipe with minced chicken, they turned out fairly decent 'palatable'. Guess, vegetarians could craftly use shredded soy chucks or meal maker in place of meat.:)
Lamb/goats meat - minced 100 grams
Whole wheat 250 grams
Yogurt 1/4 cup
Ginger-garlic paste 1/2 spoon
Green chilli paste 2 spoons
Cilantro leaves - minced
Lemon juice 2-4 spoons
Black cardamoms crushed and powdred
Garam masala powder 1 spoon
Ghee 1/4 cup (Yes more, I know...it requires)
Salt as per taste
Onion 1 large sliced and fried to garnish.
Mix together the Ginger garlic paste, chili paste, yogurt, lemon juice, cilantro paste, cardamom, salt and garam masala powders. Marinate the meat in this mixture for about 2-4 hours.
Soak the whole wheat overnight. Mkae sure that it doesnt fermet or anything...its good to soak in the fridge. Next day, cook the wheat till tender. Bring this down to room temperature and puree them. Wet grind using little or no water.
Heat ghee in a wide wok. Add the marinated meat. Turn around over high heat, once the meat tuns opaque. Add water to cover and cook. Set over low to medium heat.
Once meat is done, add the wheat paste and continue to cook for another 20 to 30 minutes.
Garnish with fried onions, fried chilies and run a spoonful of ghee on the top.
Serve steaming hot.