What is Haleem, and why is it a traditional meal for iftar?
Haleem is a savory porridge-like dish made from slow-cooked meat, lentils, and grains such as wheat or barley. It is a traditional dish in South Asia, Central Asia, and the Middle East, especially during Ramadan. Haleem is a popular iftar meal as it is nutritious, hearty, and easy to digest after a day of fasting.
Sadaf's Yarma Haleem Recipe:
- 1 cup Sadaf Yarma (cracked wheat)
- 1 cup boneless chicken, cut into small pieces
- 1 cup Sadaf Green Lentil
- 1/2 cup moong dal (yellow lentils)
- 1/2 cup Sadaf Grapeseed Oil
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
- 2 teaspoons Sadaf Chili Powder
- 1 teaspoon Sadaf Cumin Powder
- 1 teaspoon Sadaf Coriander Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Sadaf Turmeric Powder
- Salt to taste
- 4 cups water
- Fried onions, chopped cilantro, and lemon wedges for garnish
- Rinse the Yarma, lentils, and moong dal and soak in water for 30 minutes.
- Heat Sadaf Grapeseed Oil in a large pot over medium heat.
- Add the finely chopped onion and sauté until golden brown.
- Add the ginger-garlic paste and cook for 1-2 minutes.
- Add the chicken and cook until it's no longer pink.
- Add Sadaf Chili Powder, Cumin Powder, Coriander Powder, Turmeric Powder, and salt, and cook for 1-2 minutes.
- Drain the soaked Yarma, lentils, and moong dal and add them to the pot.
- Add 4 cups of water and bring to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and cook for 2-3 hours or until the meat and lentils are tender and the Yarma is cooked through.
- Stir the Haleem well to break down the lentils and meat into a smooth consistency.
Serve hot with fried onions, chopped cilantro, and lemon wedges!
Sadaf's Yarma Haleem recipe is a delicious and nutritious iftar meal that is perfect for breaking your fast during Ramadan. Yarma, lentils, and chicken are slow-cooked with a blend of spices, resulting in a creamy and hearty dish that will leave you feeling satisfied and energized.
Try this recipe for your next iftar and enjoy the comfort and warmth of this traditional Ramadan dish.