Haleem

This is my first attempt at making haleem. I used my mother’s recipe and eliminated the crushed wheat and gram dholl because it wasn’t available at any store near me.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup barley
  • 500g chicken (I used fillets)
  • butter
  • cooking oil
  • ½ t whole jeera
  • ¼ t black peppercorns
  • 1 onion
  • 1½ t chilli powder
  • 1½ t gharam masala
  • 1½ t dhania & jeera powder
  • 1 t ground green chilli
  • 1 t ginger & garlic
  • salt to taste
  • ¼ bunch dhania

Step 1:
Boil the barley with water and some salt until it gets soft. Once cool, liquidize and set aside.

Step 2:

  1. Braise onion in butter and cooking oil.
  2. Add jeera, peppercorns and chicken. Add spices salt and cook till done. Add water if necessary.
  3. When done, add the liquidized barely. You may add some water at this point. Mix and bring to the boil.
  4. Add about 2 cups of water. Mix.
  5. Cook for 2 hours on low and stir it every 10-15 minutes.
  6. About 10 minutes before switching off, in a small frying pan, heat some butter on high and add some whole jeera – about a teaspoon and a half. When it sizzles (after about 1-2 minutes), add it into the haleem.
  7. Add dhania to garnish.
  8. Serve with lemon juice.

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Falooda

This is my very first attempt at making Falooda. It’s been a while since I ate it too. My sister Shakira very kindly shared her recipe with me. I was very happy with the results.


Ingredients

  • 500ml milk
  • 1¼ t falooda powder
  • 2T Nestle dessert cream
  • 3T sugar
  • 1½ T elarchie syrup
  • 1t elarchie powder

Method

  1. Mix falooda powder and cold milk together in a saucepan. Put on stove and bring slowly to the boil on low/medium.
  2. Stir in sugar. When milk reaches a slow boil, remove from stove and add in elarchie syrup.
  3. Beat in cream with eggbeater/whisk.
  4. Lastly sprinkle elarchie powder on top.
  5. Pour into pyrex dish and allow to cool.
  6. Refrigerate for a few hours till set.

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Sehri Smoothie

Best made fresh.

What goes in:

  • 250ml – 300ml milk
  • 2 chopped dates (kajoor)
  • 1 sliced banana
  • honey to taste

Blend ingredients together until smooth and pour into a glass.
Drink immediately.

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