One of the attributes of Allah(SWT), is Al-Haleem, which linguistically has a root word Hilm which means to be forbearing, mild, lenient, clement
to be forgiving, gentle, deliberate
to be leisurely in manner, not hasty
to be calm, serene
to manage one’s temper
to exhibit moderation.

Ibn Jareer said in his Tafseer (4/144): “This means that He gives respite and does not hasten to punish the one who disobeys Him or goes against His command.” If Allah wanted He could punish a person for his crime then and there, but Allah is Al-Haleem, He doesn’t hasten in punishing, He gives us chances upon chances to ask for forgiveness and repent. This is an attribute or quality of Allah (SWT), His Name, none of us would want to use it in a disrespectful manner.. right?

Now, why am I specifically talking about this particular attribute of Allah.? Because there is a delicacy which is loved by everyone across the world named haleem (Nauzubillah), it is straightaway disrespect towards Allah’s attribute, don’t you think so.? The origin of this dish lies in the popular Arabian dish known as Harees (also written as Jareesh) and was introduced to the Hyderabad State(India, Telangana state) by the Chaush people during the rule of the Nizams (the former rulers of Hyderabad). And there is quite a ruffle about the dish’s name in Hyderabad(and Hyderabadis must be knowing it).

So in order to remove the disrespect to Allah’s attribute, another name for the dish is suggested and that’s ‘Daleem’ which indicates it’s recipe which consists of dal or dalya (lentils). But, if Daleem is kinda not easy for you on tongue, then a better option is ‘Harees’, after all it was the original name. So hope I was able to get the point across and make it  easy to understand. So in Sha Allah we shall all make it a point to remember this and call the dish Harees or Daleem and also spread it to people around us.

Now what I was thinking is when I have talked about the mouth watering dish Harees, let me give you it’s recipe. What say..??!! So here it is…

Ingredients to make Chicken Daleem:
-Broken wheat – 1 1/2 cup
-Dals (tuvar, chane ki dal, urad ki dal) – 1 full fist
Rice – 1 fist
Salt to taste
Ginger garlic paste – 2 tbsp
Red chilli powder – 2 tbsp
Homemade Garam masala powder – 1 tbsp
Lemon juice – 1 cup
Barista (fried onions for garnish) – 1 cup
Onions – 2
Tomatoes – 2
Coriander and mint leaves – 1 cup
Curd- 1/2 litre
Ghee – 1 cup

How to make Chicken Daleem

  1. Wash and clean the broken wheat, dals and rice. Add in a cooker together, add salt, water of sufficient quantity so that its cooked properly. It should be mashed easily when you stir with the ladle. See to it that it should not get burnt. Cool it and transfer in a bowl. Add 3 tbsp of cooked wheat separately and grind the rest till its a smooth batter, do not add water.
  2. Take another cooker, add chicken, onions, tomatoes, curd, all spices powder, add coriander and mint leaves. Cook it for 2 whistles.
  3. Take a large bottom vessel, add cooked wheat, ground wheat and the cooked chicken, mix it well. Check the salt and spices if necessary. Adjust the spices, add a little garam masala again add 2 tbsp of ghee and bring to a boil.
  4. Take a serving dish add chicken daleem, add barista, coriander and mint leaves. Add hot ghee, serve hot with boiled eggs.

So that’s it people your Harees is ready, try it out at home and do share your reviews..!!!!

Woah first recipe on the list… More to come .. stay tuned 😉

Salam 🙂


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