Harees is a very old dish originating in the Middle East. Popular during Ramadan, it is really simple to prepare and remarkably tasty given the simplicity of the ingredients.
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  • 500 g (1 lb) meat, preferably lamb and/or veal but chicken is OK too
  • 200 g (7 oz) dried wheat, soaked overnight and drained
  • 50 g (2 oz) butter
  • 2 cardamoms
  • 1 date (optional)
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon powder
  • Salt
  1. Add the meat and the wheat to a large pan. Add sufficient water to cover the wheat by 6-7 cm (1½”).
  2. Bring to the boil and skim off any foam that forms on the surface.
  3. Turn the heat down and simmer gently for 2-3 hours. When the level of the water drops to the level of the wheat, push the meat into the wheat.
  4. Stir occasionally and add boiling water from time to time to prevent the harees becoming too thick.
  5. When the wheat has almost disintegrated, mash the harees with a special wooden masher or use a hand blender/food processor to produce a creamy texture. Season with salt.
  6. Melt the butter in a pan. Split the cardamoms open and put then in the pan together with the date and the cinnamon. Allow to cook gently for 2-3 minutes. Strain to remove the solids.
  7. Put the harees in a large dish. Smooth it out by using a spoon dipped in the melted butter. Make a well in the centre of the harees and pour in the butter.
Titli's Tips
Harees is served with a variety of toppings:

- Cumin seeds and/or black pepper can be added into the butter.
- Sometimes fried onions are sprinkled on the top.
- Don’t add butter at all; instead sprinkle with sugar and/or cinnamon.

This makes a great side dish at Iftar – Just dunk in your spoon and eat!

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving       % Daily Value
Calories 547 27%
Calories from Fat 294
Total Fat 32.7g 50%
Saturated Fat 15.9g 79%
Unsaturated Fat 14.1g
Amount Per Serving       % Daily Value
Total Carbohydrate 35.6g 11%
Dietary Fibre 0.0g 0%
Sugars 0.0g
Protein 29.3g 58%
Cholesterol 113.1mgs 37%
Percent Daily Values based on a 2,000 calorie diet.