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Chicken and Oats Haleem

Lubna Karim
20 minutes
Prep Time
50 minutes
Cook Time
4 People
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ABOUT Chicken and Oats Haleem RECIPE

The mere utter of the word Haleem, makes me drool. Why me….many of you who have tasted this rich Hyderabadi delicacy will agree with me on this. The recipe is royal in preparation, rich in ingredients and awesome in taste. I call Haleem to be a perfect blend of lentils, spices and meat which are simmered and cooked for long to attain that delectable flavor. During Ramadan you can see special shops are set in almost every major street in Hyderabad. Haleem is served at almost all the Iftaar parties.

Recipe Tags

  • Non-veg
  • Medium
  • Eid
  • Hyderabadi
  • Main Dish

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. 500gms. minced chicken/Lamb meat
  2. 150gms. chana dal
  3. 150gms. urad dal
  4. 150gms. yellow moong dal
  5. 150gms. wheat Rava/Dalia
  6. 150gms. Oats
  7. tbsp. whole Black peppercorns
  8. 2 tbsp. Black pepper powder
  9. 1 big onion, finely sliced
  10. 500ml. chicken/Mutton Stock
  11. 100gms. thick yogurt/Curd
  12. 2 tbsp. ginger-Garlic paste
  13. 2 tbsp. Garam masala
  14. ½ tbsp. coriander powder
  15. ½ tbsp. jeera/Cumin powder
  16. 3 cardamom, 3 1’ pieces of Cinnamon and 3 Cloves
  17. ghee/Oil Salt
  18. 4 tbsp. lemon juice
  19. 5 Green chills
  20. 1 cup coriander leaves
  21. ½ cup mint leaves


  2. Beat yogurt with ½ tbsp. black pepper powder, salt and ½ tbsp. ginger-garlic paste. Add chicken/mutton pieces to this and mix well. Leave this marinade in the refrigerator for 3-4 hrs. covering with plastic film.
  3. Best if left the marinated chicken/mutton overnight.
  4. Dry roast moong dal till raw smell disappears and leaves it to cool. Upon cooling wash and soak the moong dal along with chana dal and urad dal, but each separately in different bowls with enough water for 4-5 hrs. or overnight.
  5. Now dry roast oats on low flame for 2-3 minutes and leave to cool.Upon cooling grind to fine powder and set aside.
  6. Check wheat rava/dalia for any dust particles and wash thoroughly. Add enough water and soak it overnight or at least for 4-5 hrs. before cooking.
  8. Grind and make a fine paste of green chills, coriander and mint leaves. Set aside.
  9. Discard water from the soaked dals and rinse with fresh water. Add the dals to pressure cooker along with 3-4 cups of water. Cook till dals turn soft.
  10. Upon cooling, using a wooden smasher or hand blender, slightly puree the dals and set aside.
  11. Now discard water from wheat rava and pressure cook by adding enough water to cook. When the rava is cooked turn of the flame and add this rava to above pureed dals .
  12. Now add marinated chicken/mutton to pressure cooker along with 1 cup of water. Pressure cook till chicken or mutton gets completed cooked. (Check NOTES).
  13. In a heavy bottom cooking vessel (or nonstick cooking vessel) add ghee/oil and when it heats up add whole spices like cinnamon, cardamom and cloves.
  14. When the spices start to leave the aroma, add sliced onions and fry till they turn nice golden brown.
  15. Be careful while frying onions, if the onions are burnt the recipe will taste bitter. Reserve half of fried onions for garnish.
  16. In the same oil, along with fried onions add green chill, coriander and mint paste. Fry for 1 minute and add pureed dals, wheat rawa and cooked chicken. Give the mixture a good stir.
  17. Now add chicken/mutton stock, pepper powder, coriander powder, jeera powder, oats powder, ginger-garlic paste, lemon juice and garam masala. Mix till all the ingredients are mixed nicely.
  18. Cook by stirring occasionally on low flame for 30-45 minutes till the flavors are incorporated with each other completely.
  19. Serve warm by garnishing with reserved fried onion slices and lemon wedges.

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amit Chaudhary
amit Chaudhary   Aug-19-2017


Sazida Bano
Sazida Bano   Apr-01-2016

quite a lengthy recipe

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