Haleem (Cracked wheat and Lamb topped with Sugar & Cinnamon)


Haleem -Cracked wheat and lamb with cinnamon and sugar


Haleem is a wonderful hearty broth which can be eaten at any time of the day. I especially enjoy eating it during the cold winter morning’s.

My grandmother always knew to make this for me when we came to visit her in Iran, she knew it was one of my favourite dishes. I once even finished a whole pot by myself!


250g Lamb

250g fine cracked wheat (bulgur)

1 small to medium sized onion

1 tsp salt

1/8th cup oil

For the garnish per bowl

(Note: The bowl I’m refering to is a cereal bowl)

1 tsp cinnamon (you may prefer a bit more or less)

1 tsp granulated sugar ( you can sprinkle more, depends how sweet toothed you are!)

1 Tblsp hot oil


Chop the onion and gently fry in a large pot with 1/8th cup of oil, enough to soften them.

Haleem -frying the onions

Slice your lamb into thin pieces and add to the onions.

Haleem - sliced lamb

Gently fry them so they loose their pinkiness. Add the salt and give it a stir.

Haleem - frying the

Add 250g of cracked wheat and 2.5 pints of cold water. Stir and increase the heat so that the broth starts to boil. Reduce the heat to medium low.

Haleem - Cracked wheat and lamb

Haleem -

When the water reduces top the broth up with another 1 pint of water. Continue this method until the lamb is cooked. Note the broth should not be too thick and stogie.

Haleem -cracked

Once your lamb has cooked remove the pot from the heat and using a hand blender, blend the broth so that the lamb pieces and the cracked wheat are combined. Your Haleem is now ready.

Haleem - cracked wheat and

Put the pot to one side and prepare the important garnish which makes haleem what it is.

Garnish Method

In a small bowl heat up some oil, a small ladle should be enough.

Pour the haleem into a cereal bowl or a soup bowl.

Haleem - cracked wheat and lamb in a bowl

Sprinkle cinnamon on top, then sprinkle the sugar.

Haleem - cracked wheat and lamb with cinnamon

Haleem -Cracked wheat and lamb with cinnamon and sugar

Now carefully take a table spoon of the hot oil and pour over the haleem, you should hear that gorgeous crackling sound of hot oil hitting the sugar and cinnamon.



Enjoy on any day, my preference is in the mornings and especially on a crispy cold one, yummy 😁 Noosh-e-jaan 😁



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