Ramadan or Ramazan, as it is more commonly known here, is upon us and the one thing very special about this season in my city of Hyderabad is the special dish known as Haleem, which is available only during the period of Ramadan. Haleem to the uninitiated is a local Hyderabadi dish available only during the month of Ramadan and it is made of wheat porridge and lamb meat cooked for hours over a slow boil. It is thick and pretty mashed up, and embellished with spices, lentils, ghee and lemon to taste and garnished with cashews and fried onions.
Haleem is a dish that is not to be missed at any cost and to tell you the truth a trip to India and the city of Hyderabad is worth just for eating Hyderabadi Biryani (that’s another story) and Hyderabadi Haleem. Do note however that while Hyderabadi Biryani is available all-around the year, Hyderabadi Haleem is available only during the month of Ramadan. There are a few hotels that do serve Haleem all-around the year, but very few. I will post some pictures and the recipe for the same as soon as my wife gets around to preparing it the next time. Till then do note to have Hyderabadi Biryani and Hyderabadi Haleem when you are in the city of Hyderabad in South India and it would be worth making a trip down here just to sample them, take my word for it.