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Karachi Deighi Haleem

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History of Haleem:
Haleem is a savory porridge-like dish, combining lentils, grains, and meat with a medley of aromatic spices, offering a rich and comforting culinary experience. It has a history as rich as its flavor. Contrary to popular belief Haleem originated from the Middle East and not from the Indian subcontinent. This hearty dish has woven itself into the fabric of diverse cultures over centuries. Its evolution tells a tale of tradition, trade, and the blending of culinary influences.

Regional Variations
As Haleem traveled across regions, it underwent fascinating transformations, each area adding its unique twist to the recipe. In Indian Hyderabad, the use of ghee and flavorful spices creates a distinct taste, while in Pakistan, the inclusion of wheat, barley, and lentils give it a robust texture. Uncover the secrets behind these regional adaptations, and explore how cultural nuances contribute to the diverse world of Haleem.

Hyderabad, India:

As Haleem embarked on its culinary journey, it encountered diverse landscapes and palates, resulting in an array of regional variations that showcase the adaptability of this cherished dish.

In the heart of India, Hyderabad’s Haleem is a celebration of rich flavors and aromatic spices. Ghee takes center stage, infusing the dish with a luxurious depth. The slow-cooking process intensifies the essence of the spices, creating a Haleem that’s both indulgent and soul-satisfying.

Karachi , Pakistan:

Venture into Karachi, Pakistan, and discover a Haleem that boasts a robust texture and earthy undertones. The use of a trifecta of grains—wheat, barley, and lentils—sets it apart. Slow-cooked to perfection, Karachi’s Haleem is a hearty, wholesome experience that resonates with the warmth of its people.

Middle East:

The Middle Eastern rendition of Haleem embraces its ancient roots with simplicity and elegance. A harmonious blend of meat, grains, and spices creates a dish that pays homage to tradition. Often served during festive occasions, Middle Eastern Haleem is a symbol of togetherness and shared joy.

Singapore and Malaysia:

In the vibrant culinary scene of Southeast Asia, Haleem takes on a unique character. Influenced by local tastes, Singapore and Malaysia add their twist with the incorporation of coconut milk and a medley of Southeast Asian spices. The result is a fusion of flavors that tantalize the taste buds.

Each regional variation narrates a story of cultural diversity, culinary innovation, and the love for Haleem. As you explore these different renditions, you’ll find that the essence of this beloved dish remains, while each locale contributes its own chapter to the flavorful saga of Haleem.

Savor the Tale: A Mesmerizing Journey Through Haleem

Embark on a culinary adventure with a Haleem recipe that transcends mere ingredients – it tells a story. Succulent boneless beef, an orchestra of lentils and grains, and a symphony of spices coming together to create a masterpiece that is both comforting and exotic.


•   2 lbs boneless beef
•   1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
•   1 cup wheat
•   1/4 cup barley
•   1/4 cup chana daal
•   1/4 cup maash daal
•   2 tbsp moong daal
•   2 tbsp masoor daal
•   1 tsp turmeric
•   2 tsp cayenne pepper
•   1 tbsp garam masala
•   1/2 tbsp roasted cumin powder
•   1/2 tbsp roasted coriander powder
•   1 1/2 tsp red chili flakes
•   2 tsp paprika
•   2 tbsp salt (or to taste)
•   1/2 packet Shan Haleem masala
•   2 onions (sliced)
•   1.5 cups oil
•   10-12 cups water
•   Chopped cilantro, julienne ginger, fried shallots (laal piyaz), lime/lemon wedges, and chaat masala for serving

The Symphony Begins:
Wash and soak a medley of lentils, wheat, and barley – setting the stage for the harmonious blend that follows.

Act I: The Lentil Waltz:
In a grand pot, lentils dance with water and salt, simmering to a tender melody over a medium flame for 45 minutes.

Act II: Beef Ballet in the Instant Pot:
Meanwhile, in the spotlight of an Instant Pot, beef takes center stage. Spices perform a crescendo, and a symphony of flavors unfolds as the meat browns and melds with the vibrant spice ensemble.

Interlude: Instant Pot Pressure Cook Sonata:
The Instant Pot takes a bow, pressure cooking the meat to tender perfection. Shredding the beef into threads, the stage is set for a flavorful reunion with the lentil orchestra.

Act III: Lentil and Meat Pas de Deux:
Lentils, now tender and smooth, welcome the shredded beef and its saucy partner. A graceful mix ensues, creating a thread-like, sticky consistency – a dance of textures.

Finale: Tadka Extravaganza:
A skillet sizzles, onions pirouette to golden perfection, and a tadka (tempering) finale joins the Haleem ensemble. The dish crescendos to a flavorful climax.

Encore: Presentation Elegance:
Garnish with cilantro, limes, chaat masala, julienne ginger, and the pièce de résistance – laal piyaz (fried shallots). The curtain rises, revealing a dish that not only satiates the palate but also narrates the captivating tale of its creation.

Epilogue: Enjoy the Culinary Sonata:
As you savor each bite, relish not just the flavors but the narrative woven into the threads of this Haleem symphony. This recipe isn’t just a meal; it’s a gastronomic journey, an epicurean saga meant to be enjoyed and celebrated. Bon appétit!

Karachi Style Deighi Hale

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Fatima Maniya Soorty Course: Main courseCuisine: PakistaniDifficulty: Medium


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A stew composed of blended wheat, barley, lentils, meat and spices.


  • 2 lbs boneless beef

  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste

  • 1 cup wheat

  • 1/4 cup barley

  • 1/4 cup chana daal

  • 1/4 cup maash daal

  • 2 tbsp moong daal

  • 2 tbsp masoor daal

  • 1 tsp turmeric

  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper

  • 1 tbsp garam masala

  • 1/2 tbsp roasted cumin powder

  • 1/2 tbsp roasted coriander powder

  • 1 1/2 tsp red chili flakes

  • 2 tsp paprika

  • 2 tbsp salt or to taste

  • 1/2 packet shan haleem masala

  • 2 onions sliced

  • 1.5 cups oil

  • 10-12 cups water

  • Chopped cilantro for serving

  • Julienne ginger for serving

  • Fried shallots for serving (laal piyaz)

  • Lime or lemon wedges for serving

  • Chaat masala for serving


  • Wash and soak the lentils, wheat and barley for 30 minutes to an hour.
  • In a large pot add the lentils, 5 cups of water and 1 tbsp of salt and boil on medium low flame for 45 mins or an hour or until tender.
  • In an instant pot, heat 1/4 cup oil on sauté setting and add the beef, ginger garlic paste and brown the meat on all sides. Then add 1/2 tbsp salt, cayenne, paprika, chili flakes, garam masala, roasted cumin powder, roasted coriander powder, turmeric, Shan haleem masala and add 2 1/2 cups of water.
  • Change the instant pot setting to pressure cook, put the lid on and cook for 25 minutes on high pressure until the meat is tender. Cook for an additional 15 minutes if the meat is not extremely tender that it can easily be shredded by hand or fork.
  • Remove the meat from the Ip and shred into threads using two forks and mix it with the gravy.
  • Once the lentils are tender, use an immersion blender and blend until smooth. Keep the flame on medium low.
  • Add the meat and sauce to the blended lentils, mix well in circular motions until it comes together in a thread like sticky consistency.
  • At this point, adjust the seasonings to your preference and add water if you would like to adjust the consistency of the haleem.
  • In a skillet heat 1 and 1/4 cup of oil on low, then add sliced onions and fry until golden.
  • Add the tadka to the haleem and mix until it’s well combined.
  • Serve the haleem with cilantro, limes, chaat masala, julienne ginger and laal piyaz (fried shallots).
  • Enjoy!

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