Haleem

Prep: 3 to 4 hours

Cook: 2 to 3 hours

Method: Moderate

Course: Main Course

Type: Hyderabadi

Key Ingredients:

This Hyderabadi dish is wholesome and at the same time delicious

Ingredients

  • Medium sized chicken 1
  • Wheat, soaked for 3 to 4 hours 250 gms
  • Large onion 1
  • Green chillies 6
  • Ginger 2 inch
  • Garlic cloves 6
  • Ghee ½ cup
  • Milk few drops
  • Garam masala powder 2 tsps
  • Turmeric powder ½ tsp
  • Red chilli powder to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • Almonds 25 gms
  • Cashewnuts 25 gms
  • Pistachios 25 gms
  • Walnuts 25 gms
  • Lemons 2
  • Spring onions, cut into thin rings 2
  • Fresh coriander leaves, chopped a few

Methods

  • Debone the chicken and cut into thin slices. Boil sufficient water in a deep non-stick pan, add chicken and cook till soft, drain and grind to a fine paste.
  • Boil sufficient water in another deep non-stick pan, add the chicken bones and boil for 30 minutes. Strain into another deep non-stick pan.
  • Drain and add wheat to the chicken stock and cook till very soft. Strain and mash to a smooth paste.
  • Grind onion, green chillies, ginger and garlic to a fine paste in a blender.
  • Heat ghee in yet another non-stick pan, add the onion paste and saute, sprinkling a little milk now and then, till the ghee floats to the top.
  • Meanwhile roast almonds, cashewnuts, pistachios and walnuts till light golden in a shallow non-stick pan. Cool and pound to a coarse powder in a mortar-pestle.
  • Add the chicken paste to the onion paste and saute till the mixture turns golden. Add garam masala powder, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, salt and nut powder and wheat paste and saute on low heat till the mixture leaves the sides of the pan.
  • Transfer into a serving bowl and squeeze the juice of one lemon.
  • Cut the other lemon into thin slices. Garnish the Haleem with lemon slices, spring onion rings and coriander leaves and serve hot.
Aloo Parval

Prep: 5 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Main Course

Type: Hyderabadi

Key Ingredients:

  • Pointed gourd (parval)
  • Potatoes

An excellent dish for your daily meal

Ingredients

  • Pointed gourd (parval), diced 1 cup
  • Medium potatoes, diced 2
  • Oil 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder 1 tsp
  • Red chilli powder 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder 1 tsp
  • Garam masala powder 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh coriander leaves, chopped 1 tbsp

Methods

  • Heat oil in a non-stick pan, add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, cumin powder and garam masala powder, mix well and saute on low heat for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add pointed gourd and potatoes and mix well. Add salt and mix well. Add ½ cup water, mix, cover and cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally, till the vegetables are done.
  • Transfer into a serving bowl, garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot
Beans and Dal Usli

Beans and Dal Usli

Prep: 30 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Main Course

Type: Hyderabadi

Key Ingredients:

  • French beans
  • Split Bengal grams (chana dal)

This South Indian speciality is so easy to make yet so very tasty

Ingredients

  • French beans, finely chopped 7 to 8
  • Split Bengal gram (chana dal), soaked for 30 minutes 1 cup
  • Sunflower oil 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds 1 tsp
  • Dried red chillies 2
  • Curry leaves 8 to 10
  • Fennel seeds (saunf) 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Asafoetida ½ tsp

Methods

  • Heat oil in a non-stick pan, add mustard seeds, red chilies, curry leaves and fennel seeds and saute till the seeds splutter.
  • Add beans and split Bengal gram and mix well.
  • Add salt and asafoetida and mix well. Cover and cook till both beans and split Bengal grams are fully done.
  • Transfer into a serving bowl and serve hot.
Besan Badam Burfi

Besan Badam Burfi

Prep: 25 minutes

Cook: 30 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Main Course

Type: Hyderabadi

Key Ingredients:

  • Gram flour
  • Sugar substitute

Besan burfi made healthy without the use of ghee

Ingredients

  • Gram flour (besan) ½ Kg
  • Sugar substitute to taste
  • Almonds handful

Methods

  • Roast gram flour in a non-stick pan on medium heat till fragrant.
  • Add sugar substitute and 4 cups water and mix well. Cook, on medium heat, stirring continuously, till the mixture thickens and begins to leave the sides of the pan.
  • Transfer the mixture onto a tray and spread evenly.
  • Grate almonds on top and set aside to cool down.
  • When it sets well, cut into small pieces and serve.
Cabbage Papaya Tikki

Cabbage Papaya Tikki

Prep: 25 minutes

Cook: 10 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Main Course

Type: Hyderabadi

Key Ingredients:

  • Cabbage
  • Raw papaya
  • Boiled and mashed rice

If the tikkis are delicious and also nutritious at the same time, what more can you want

Ingredients

  • Cabbage, finely chopped 1 cup
  • Raw papaya, grated ½ cup
  • Rice, boiled and mashed 1 cup
  • Ginger, finely chopped 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves, chopped 2 to 3
  • Salt to taste
  • Red chilli powder ½ tsp
  • Mace (javitri) powder ½ tsp
  • Oil 1 tbsp

Methods

  • Take cabbage, raw papaya, rice, ginger, curry leaves, salt, red chilli powder and mace powder in a bowl and mash everything together.
  • Divide the mixture into equal portions and shape into tikkis.
  • Heat oil on a non-stick tawa, place the tikkis on it and cook, turning sides, till they are equally golden and crisp on both sides.
  • Arrange on serving platter and serve hot with papaya chutney.
Chana Palak ki Sabzi

Chana Palak ki Sabzi

Prep: 9 hours

Cook: 20 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Main Course

Type: Hyderabadi

Key Ingredients:

  • Chickpeas
  • Spinach

A tasty and healthy dish that will satiate anybody’s palate

Ingredients

  • Chickpeas, soaked overnight and pressure cooked 1 cup
  • Spinach, finely chopped 2 cups
  • Sunflower oil 1 tbsp
  • Cinnamon 1 inch
  • Cloves 2 to 3
  • Bay leaf 1
  • Ginger-garlic paste 1 tsp
  • Medium tomatoes, finely chopped 2
  • Cumin seeds ½ tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Garam masala powder ½ tsp
  • Dried mango powder (amchur) ½ tsp
  • Red chilli powder ½ tsp
  • Fresh coriander leaves, chopped 1 tbsp

Methods

  • Heat oil in a non-stick pan, add cinnamon, cloves and bay leaf and saute till fragrant.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste, tomatoes and cumin seeds and saute till the tomatoes soften.
  • Add chickpeas, salt, garam masala powder, dried mango powder and red chilli powder, mix well and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add 1 cup water, mix and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add spinach, mix and cook till spinach is cooked.
  • Transfer into a serving bowl, garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.