Menu Breaking In India: Hyderabadi Haleem ~ World Food and Drink

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Menu Breaking In India: Hyderabadi Haleem

Haleem originated from the middle east region. Foods made of wheat and meat can be found in Iran, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Turkey, to India.

The materials needed to make Haleem include lamb, crushed wheat, lentils (a type of nuts), ghee (butter clarifed,) ginger, garlic and other spices. Cheaper chicken meat can also be used, but less popular.

Haleem is made by cooking all the ingredients in low heat for 7 to 8 hours until the meat and wheat mixed into a thick porridge. Haleem served warm with a piece of lime, coriander and fried onions as garnish.

Haleem is usually sold as a snack throughout the year. Specialized in Pakistan and India, Haleem most popular during Ramadan. In Bangladesh, Haleem most famous in the capital, Dhaka, while in India, Haleem much at present in Hyderabad, capital of the province of Andhra Pradesh.

Hyderabadi Haleem

Haleem Indian version comes from a city called Hyderabad. You could say, Haleem is the typical food of Hyderabad. Hyderabad is the sixth largest city in India and was dubbed the "City of Pearls". Haleem is rarely found elsewhere in India.

Haleem mitthi (sweet) and Haleem khari (salty) served by ordinary people in the area Barkas, Hyderabad. Haleem was salty version of which is consumed during the month of Ramadan. Any non-vegetarian restaurant serving Haleem during Ramadan. This is a phenomenon in itself.

It was a tradition that hyderabadi Haleem is a high calorie food for the city's mandatory community iftar. However, in Hyderabad, Haleem is actually not only during Ramadan, but also as Muslim weddings and other celebrations.

Hyderabadi Haleem is cooked more than 10 hours in a Bhatti (cauldron covered with brick), with (usually) two men who stir using a wooden stick Haleem until texture is smooth and sticky (viscous).

Haleem also have a vegetarian version you know! For people who do not eat meat, they replace the lamb with dried fruits and vegetables. Haleem vegetarian can be found in several places to eat in town.


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