What comes to your mind immediately,when you think of Hyderabad : Briyani ,Charminar , Pearls ,Irani chai, Golconda fort etc.It's time to add one more to this list called as Haleem .
It is an Arabian dish made of wheat,barley,spices,lentils and meat[chicken or minced mutton].In more simple words it is a non veg version of "நோன்பு கஞ்சி " that we used to take from our Muslim friends during the Ramzaan month in Tamilnadu.
This is a special dish made only during the holy month of Ramzaan in India .In some other countries it is prepared during the month of Moharram also .It is also called as Khichra in some countries[Pakistan].The main idea of dish is to give strength to the people who are taking fast as this dish is full of nutrition and high calorie . But so much is the popularity of this dish , it became a roaring business now . "Pista House " is the No 1 place to taste best Haleem in Hyderabad.They even export Haleem to other countries during the month of Ramzaan.Some of the hotels in Hyderabad serves this dish throughout the year.
Some of the best place in Hyderabad to have Haleem are
1) Pista House - Charminar and Mehadipatnam
2) Sarvi Bakers - Mehadipatnam
3) Hotel Madina - Charminar
4) Hotel Adaab - Nampally
5) Shah Ghouse Cafe - Shalibanda road ,Charminar
6) Mumtaz hotel - Warsiguda
7) Hotel Rainbow - Nampally
8) Alpha Hotel and Store - Secunderabad
9) Cafe Bahar - Hyderaguda
10) Cafe Milli - Sanathnagar
11) Shadab Resturant- Charminar
12) City Light resturarant - Secunderabad
13) Hotel Niagara - Hyderaguda
14) Garden Resutrant - Secunderabad
15) Hotel Paradise - Secunderabad
16) Hotel Bawarchi - RTC X roads
I was looking forward to take this dish ever since I came to know about this and today my desire was fulfilled at Pista House . Wow . True to its fame and expectation , it is so good unlike the much hyped Hyderbadi Briyani's[Separate post coming soon on Hydera[Bad] Briyani].
Cost of 1 plate / serving of Haleem is Rs 120 @ pista House .No one can eat just one tagline is apt for this joint
It costed Rs 45 only in 2006
If you wanted to try this recipe in your house , check this link
So next time when you planning to visit Hyderabd ,make sure it is during the month of Ramzaan and taste this
wonderful dish . Hope your mouth watered at least one time during this post :)