Last updated: 16/11/2019
Chicken Haleem recipe with Photos of each step. Haleem is traditionally made with beef and it tastes best that way. I’m posting this chicken Haleem recipe for my dear friend Fatima who is first and most faithful followers of the blog. She has tried and given feedback on every single recipe. In fact, she is greatest motivation to my blog.
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- This is Chicken Haleem recipe but you can substitute mutton or beef for chicken.
- This is also called khichra haleem, because you are using number of lentils and grain along with wheat.
- If you want only wheat Haleem here is Mutton Haleem recipe but you can easily substitute mutton for chicken.
- I used chicken with bone because the bones give you flavor full ‘Yakhni ‘ Chicken stock. But you can use boneless chicken as well.
- Chicken Haleem is quick thing and many people prefer ready made spice mix. So it’s up to you what you prefer ready made spice mix or homemade. I’m sharing a spice mix recipe as well but you may skip it and use ready made spice mix, if you find that a hassle.
- I’m using a number of pulses but actually you can substitute one pulse for other if all pulses are not available.
- Similarly, barley add stickiness to Haleem so I highly recommend adding it but if you can’t find it, simply add more wheat instead of barley.
- One of the most important tip is wheat should be fully cooked before you blend it. And blend it very well or the texture will not be smooth.
- Spices are important so add extra red chilli if you like spicy Haleem.
My other Haleem recipe
How to make Chicken Haleem Recipe ?
Chicken Haleem recipe
Grains and Lentils
- 1½ cup whole wheat or broken wheat – (300 gram)
- ½ cup rice
- ½ cup red lentil – (masoor daal)
- ½ cup yellow lentil – (moong dal)
- ½ cup Bengal gram – (channa dal)
- ½ cup barley – (jaav) , optional
* You can substitute one lentil for other. You can also 1½ cup of any lentil.
- 2 tablespoon green chilli paste
- 2 tablespoon ginger paste
- 2 tablespoon garlic paste
- 6 medium onions – , sliced
- Oil to fry
- 1200 grams chicken with bones or 1 kg boneless chicken
- 1½ tablespoon red chilli powder or to taste
- 1 tablespoon turmeric powder
- 2 tablespoon coriander seeds
- 1 tablespoon cumin seed
- 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
- 1 tablespoon black cumin seeds
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 inch cinnamon stick
- 1 black cardamom
- 4 green cardamom
- 4 cloves
- 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
- 15 red button chillies
- Salt to taste
- ½ cup of oil – use oil used to fry sliced onions
- 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- Hand full of mint leaves chopped
- 50 gram ginger sliced
- Mint leaves
- Chat masala
- Medium sized green chillies – sliced
For wheat and lentils
- Combine all lentils and grains and wash by changing water twice or as required. Soak for 2 hours or preferably overnight.
- Take soaked lentils and grains in a large heavy bottomed pot. Add salt, ginger, garlic and green chilli paste and water. The level of water should be 2 inch above the grains. Bring lentils to a boil then reduce heat to slow and cover the lid tightly Cook for 1½ hour.
- When grain are very soft and add 2-3 cups cold water and to bring grains to room temperature then blend with immersion blender, until very smooth. Cook further on slow heat and keep stirring at interval to avoid sticking from bottom.
For spice mix
- While grains cook, roast all whole spice in a pan and and ground into fine powder. (Skip this step if using ready made spice mix.)
- Fry sliced onion in pan until golden. Work in two batches. Spread onions on kitchen towel so it gets crispy.( Skip this step if using store brought fried onions.)
- In another pot take chicken. Add ⅓ cup of remaining oil from fried onions. Take ½ cup tightly packed fried onion and crush it, add to chicken. Also add 1 cup water, grounded whole spices , salt, red chilli powder and turmeric. (Do not add these spices if using ready made spice mix.)
- Cover the pot and cook chicken on low heat for 30 minutes or until tender.
- Remove chicken from gravy and let it cool. Remove bones and shred it. Add both gravy and shredded chicken to lentil and grain pot.
- Remove pot from stove and keep on floor sit next to it. Keep stirring the wheat clock and anti clockwise with wooden spoon or ghotna for at least 10 minutes until sticky.
- Heat oil in a pan and fry garlic, cumin seeds and chillies and mint for 1 minute then add to Haleem pot. (Take a taste test before tempering and you may adjust spice by adding to the tempering. )
- Garnish and serve.