Saturday, August 3, 2013

Anything for Haleem

Anything for Haleem by saish746
Anything for Haleem, a photo by saish746 on Flickr.

When you are talking about Ramadan, one thing you cannot miss is Hyderabadi Haleem.
It came all the way to Hyderabad and now Bangalore from Arabs and is considered the perfect way to break the Ramadan fast (Iftar).Even in Bangalore, this version of Haleem is sold as Hyderabadi Haleem.
Interestingly Haleem is first non-vegetarian dish from India to get a GI (Geographical Indication) status.
Meat is slowly cooked for more than eight hours along with wheat, spices, barley and lentils. Then beaten/cooked to make paste like stew where it would be hard to distinguish between amalgamated grains and wheat. You can see a man exchanging Rs 40/- for a cup of Haleem. The seller put the ladle to get a good drop of Haleem into a bowl which will be topped with chopped mint leaves, lemon juice, coriander leaves, fried onions and green chilies.
Everyone queues up for Haleem, the mouthwatering meaty concoction.

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