How To Make Arabic Chicken Harees – Arabic Chicken Harees Recipe
Arabic Chicken Harees is a Ramadan special dish usually made with meat or chicken and boiled wheat and barley. One of the healthiest food I can think of. It is also known by the name of Hareesha, Harisa, jahreesa etc.
Different Arab cultures have different variations of this dish. Omanis like it with chicken, dry fruits, and barista. Whereas Emiratis and Qataris like it raw with meat and olive oil. Asians like it a bit spicy but Arabs love it light.
Basically, the harees is made with meat and has a lot of calories. Taking it to low-calorie levels making it with chicken is a good option.
Harees is among the list of my favorite foods that I cannot deny of and can eat without any hesitation. We cook Harees in Ramadan every alternate day.
Ingredients of Arabic Chicken Harees
Chicken Boneless 1/2 Kg
Wheat 1/2 Kg and Barley 1/2 Kg soaked overnight and drained
Ginger Garlic Paste 1 Tablespoon
Green Chili Paste 2 Tablespoon or to taste
Crushed Cumin Seeds 1/2 Tablespoon
Crushed Fennel Seeds 1 Tablespoon
Salt To Taste
Chat Masala 1 Tablespoon
Lemon Juice 2 Tablespoon
Edible Oil for Tempering (Baghar)
Olive Oil or Ghee for garnishing 1 Tablespoon
Haleem Masala 1/2 Tablespoon
Barista or brown Fried Onions To Taste
Coriander Leaves 1 Tablespoon
Steps for Arabic Chicken Harees
Take the soaked barley and wheat and boil it in a pan with double water quantity. You can use a pressure cooker for an easy and fast process. If using a pan it will take about an hour to completely cook and if using a pressure cooker then it will take around half an hour.
Churn the boiled wheat and barley mixture using a blender and churn until it turns into a thick paste-like mixture. You can add water if you like but the thickness of it is preferred.
Add ginger garlic paste, salt and crushed cumin and fennel seeds mixture in another pan. Shred the chicken and keep it aside.
Add the shredded chicken and the to the wheat-barley mixture along with the chicken stock. Mix it well and let it cook for another 15 minutes. To add a bit of Asian taste to Harees, you can add chat masala and lemon juice to it.
Either you can temper (Tadka/Baghar) with just oil and also by using Haleem masala. Sprinkle the haleem masala over the Harees and heat oil in a pan and put over it. Close the lid so that the smell gets absorbed in Harees.
Your Healthy Arabic Chicken Harees is ready to serve. Garnish it with Barista (fried onions), fresh coriander leaves and a tablespoon of olive oil or ghee. If you can get the original Sugarcane Vinegar then it will add more to taste.
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