A warm bowl of spicy Harees is gratifying to a hungry soul.Its nostalgic as a fulfilling Iftar meal in Ramadan .Its getting chilly here in Cleveland , spicy meals like harees are positively relishing on a gloomy cold day.
Harees, also called Haleem in some regions in South India,my Hyderabadi Haleem is made with whole wheat and lamb. Haleem or Harees are protein pack meals ,a favorite low-carb recipe.
The spicy Harees is off to Srilekha's Chicken Event
1 pound boneless chicken,most of the fat trimmed and preferably Halal\Kosher or Organic free range chicken.
1 medium Onion,thinly sliced
1 cup Whole grain broken wheat\bulgur wheat\daliya
3/4 teaspoon ginger garlic paste or 1/2 teaspoon each of freshly grated garlic and ginger
3/4 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon chilly powder
1 teaspoon garam masala(Ground cumin,coriander,cardamom ,cloves and cinnamon)
1 teaspoon sea salt\kosher salt
1/2 cup chopped cilantro and mint
1/2 a lime, freshly squeeeezed.
2 tablespoon Olive oil
Soak the broken wheat for about 15 minutes in cold water
Heat Olive oil in a big skillet and add the thinly sliced onions. saute until lightly brown ,remove half of the fried onions and reserve for garnish. Add the chicken and spices. Saute until chicken changes color and spices aroma is toasty. Add the soaked wheat and chopped cilantro\mint(reserve few for garnish),2 cups of water,season with salt and cover .Cook on slow heat for about an hour(about 25 minutes in a pressure cooker) while stirring occasionally.
When cooked,uncover and let cool for 10 minutes before coarsely grinding using a immersion blender or any processor,stir in the fresh lime juice. Serve warm,garnish with toasted nuts,chopped greens and fried onions.
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