mutton haleem recipe | easy kolkata haleem recipe

Mutton haleem recipe with step-by-step pictures. Haleem is a Ramzan special dish prepared by slow cooking with coarsely ground wheat, rice, different varieties of dal or lentils, boneless lamb/beef meat, and special masala. Though the main ingredients are almost the same for all haleem recipes however it’s not easy enough to describe this dish. Because state wise haleem has a distinct flavor and taste for applying different spices in different states. Which separate their identity from each other.

“Haleem” is a Persian word that means a kind of lamb or beef stew prepared with coarsely ground wheat. It is originated in Arabian countries as the dish named “Harees”. That Persian haleem and Arabian Harees are the main sources of the Indian version of “Haleem”. Though our Indian Halim is a little different from those old versions for having more spices and dal. In India, haleem is basically known as a famous hyderabadi dish but we have some other delicious versions too. My today’s recipe is one of them, it’s that special mutton haleem that is mainly followed in all Muslim households of West Bengal and Bangladesh during the holy Ramzan(or Ramadan) month.

In Kolkata, it’s also known as daleem as the reason for using lots of dal in it. Some even identified it as khichda(for using rice and dal) too though as per my assumption khichda is a little different from this recipe. However, Haleem or daleem has a huge fan base in Kolkata and that’s why Kolkata’s all popular mughlai restaurants arrange a special take way counter outside their eateries during Ramazan/Ramadan(a holy month of Muslim community)to handle the crowd.

As even I’ve heard, Kolkata’s popular restaurant “Arsalan” makes one of the best haleem in Kolkata. So people are seen waiting in a long queue outside the restaurant’s take-way counter during ramzan month. Kolkata’s haleem has huge similarities with Bangladeshi halim as both are prepared in almost using the same way with the same texture and taste.

mutton gosht haleem is served

Actually, this dish is very healthy among all Ramadan recipes because of enriched with carbohydrates and protein at the same time. Though carbohydrates (means rice and wheat) are used in a very little quantity compared to meat. That is why haleem is considered as a protein pact food for using more dal and mutton in it. So during the holy month of Ramadan, haleem will be a must in every evening iftar party recipes, the Muslim people have this dish to boost their energies after day-long fasting. As per the old recipe beef or mutton(lamb meat) was mainly used to prepare this dish. Though nowadays chicken is also used in it as per requirement. 

I started making this haleem for my husband who is a true fan of this dish. After coming to Bangalore, initially, we used to visit the Frazer Town street food festival during Ramzan to taste their awesome dishes including halim. But there he didn’t get his favorite Kolkata style haleem. Though I never tasted this dish before, seeing his craving I tried it at home for the first time and he loved it. Then he helped me to rectify my mistakes by saying about its texture, taste, and color. And gradually I was perfect for making this kolkata style mutton haleem recipe with his help. Now he says it’s one of the best haleem recipes he ever had in Kolkata.

Making of haleem is not an easy job, as it is a slow cooked preparation as per its traditional recipe. This means you have to invest a long time in both preparation and cooking to get that authentic taste. So people started depending on restaurants to taste instead of making this dish at home.

I also heard about the myth which says, without long hours slow cooking method, the best haleem can not be made. So to clear my doubt about this myth, for the first time I made this ramzan special dish using the traditional recipe, and the next time I use my easy pressure cooking method. This pressure cooking method is so simple and easy that you can easily cook haleem at home. Even You don’t believe me, I was not able to differentiate the taste of both haleem recipes which I made with my own, which means except you nobody knows the secret. 

That is the reason for sharing this recipe with you as you can easily make it at home during Ramzan. Though here I prepared this recipe by applying the old and easy method too. You can choose any one of them.

So you must prepare this easy haleem recipe during this holy Ramadan month and share your valuable feedback by writing them in the comment section below.

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mutton haleem recipe | easy kolkata haleem recipe

Prep time: 45 mins

Cooking time: 3 hr 45 mins(in traditional method)

1 hr 15 min(in pressure cooker)

Served in: 4 hr 30 mins or 2 hrs

Served for: 6-7 people

Course: Dinner

Cuisine: Bengali / Bangladeshi

Author: Moumita Paul

Ingredients of mutton haleem

  • 400 gms boneless mutton(lamb or goat meat)
  • 1/4 cup of broken wheat or Dalia
  • 1/4 cup of rice
  • 1/4 cup of chana dal
  • 1/4 cup of masoor dal
  • 1/4 cup of moong dal
  • 1/4 cup of urad dal 
  • 1/4 cup of split peas or matar dal(in Bengali)
  • 3 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 1/2 tsp ginger paste
  • 5 green chilies
  • 2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 4-5 medium onion
  • 3 tbsp haleem masala
  • 1 1/2 tsp black salt
  • 11 tbsp of vegetable oil
  • 6 tbsp ghee 
  • Salt(to taste)

For making haleem masala

  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds(saunf)
  • 1-inch cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 12 green cardamoms
  • 1 1/2 tsp peppercorn
  • 1 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds(methi)
  • 1/4 nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 javitri
  • 3-4 bay leaves
  • 7-8 dry red chilies

Tadka masala ingredients

  • 2 tsp garlic(chopped)
  • 1 tsp ginger(Julien)
  • 2 tsp Kashmiri red chili powder

How to make mutton haleem with step by step pictures

Making of dal for this recipe

  • First, take a pan dry roast the moong dal and broken wheat or Dalia one by one for 3-4 mins on slow flame by continuous stirring. Keep it in a separate bowl.
dry roasted dal and broken wheat for this recipe
  • Then take rice, chana dal, masoor dal, urad dal, matar dal and dry roasted moong dal in a mixing bowl and wash it thoroughly. Wash it for 5-6 times until properly cleaned. Then wash the Dalia and soak it for the same time.
soaking daal and broken wheat for 8 hours
  • Soak the rice and dal mix overnight with 3-4cups of water or soak it at least for 8 hours. According to the traditional method, after 8 hours of soaking, I took a large pan, wash the soaked rice, broken wheat, and dals once again before putting it into the pan. Add 4-5 cups of water into the pan and place it on the lowest flame of your oven. 
putting the soaked daal mix and broken wheat in the pan
  • Add 1 tsp turmeric powder and 1tsp salt to it, stir it well and cover the pan with a tight lid.
adding salt after adding water and turmeric with the dal mix
  • Let the dal mix boil and stir it occasionally. After every 20-25 mins add 4 cups of hot water in it and let it cook. For me, it took three and a half hours to be cooked.
adding hot water to the daal mix after 25 mins
  • The above method was about making the dal in a traditional method. As per my quick and easy method, put the soaked rice, wheat, rice mix in a pressure cooker, add 5-6 cups of water. Add the same 1 tsp of turmeric powder and salt to it. Close its lid and place it on the lowest flame. For me, the dal mix takes 3-4 whistles to be boiled. Don’t remove the lid until the pressure removes automatically. 
  • When the dal is perfectly boiled then coarsely mash the dal by using a masher. But don’t make its paste.
haleem daal mix is ready

Making of haleem masala

  • Take all the whole spices(mentioned above) in a pan, Place the pan in low flame. Dry roast the all masala till the aroma comes out of it.
dry roasting the haleem masala
  • Then remove the dry roasted spices in a plate, let it completely cool down and grind it to make a fine powder of it. The masala should be in powder form, if you have any doubt, strain it before adding to the dish.
haleem masala powder is ready after grinding

 Making of beresta or golden fried crisp onion

  • First, take 4-5 medium size onion cut it into thin slices.
  • Heat the pan with 6-7 tbsp of oil with 3 tbsp of ghee, add the onion slices and fry it till the onion starts getting lite golden brown color.
making beresta
  • Once onion gets light golden brown color, remove it from the pan and place it on a paper towel to soak the excess oil. Beresta or golden fried crisp onion is ready.
beresta is ready

Making mutton for this recipe

  • Take the boneless mutton(lamb or goat meat) pieces, wash it in lukewarm water, and squeeze it to remove the water. Then cut it into small cubes. As shown in the picture. But don’t make its keema.
boneless mutton pieces(lamb or goat meat) cut into cubes for making this haleem recipe
  • Take the same pan using for making beresta, add 3 tsp garlic paste, 1 1/2 tsp ginger paste, 2 green chilies paste, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder and 1 tsp cumin powder to it. Mix it well and sauté it for 2-3 mins.
saute the masala paste in the pan for making the mutton for halim
  • Add the boneless mutton(lamb or goat meat) pieces in it and first mix it well with masalas.
boneless mutton(lamb or goat meat) is added to the pan for preparing with masala
  • Then add a handful of beresta or crispy golden fried onion and salt to the pan and mix it well.
adding beresta and salt to the mutton to make halim dish
  • Add 2 tsp of haleem masala it and cook it well for 8-10 mins by stirring it frequently or till the oil separates from its side. 
adding halim masala
  • Then add 1 1/2 cup of hot water in it and transfer it to the pressure cooker and add 3 green chilies to it. Close ids lid and wait for 3 whistles on low flame. Don’t try to remove the lid until the pressure comes automatically.
mutton in pressure cooker
  • Check the mutton by pressing it down with your fingertip, if mutton gets soft then use the masher again for 1-2 mins to leave it on half mashed state.
makes the mutton soft

How to make mutton haleem 

  • Now add the half-mashed mutton with the dal and mix it well.
small chunks of boneless mutton(lamb or goat meat) is mixed with dal in this ramzan special recipe
  • Then add 2 tbsp homemade haleem masala and 1+1/2 tsp black salt to the pan and mix it well.
  • Also, add 1+1/2 tsp salt to the pan.
  • Cook the mix for 10-12 mins by stirring it after every 10 secs to prevent it from burning from the bottom.
haleem masala and black salt is added to this iftar special dish
  • In the meantime, take a tadka pan, heat 3 tbsp of ghee and 4 tbsp of oil, add 2 tsp finely chopped garlic, 1 tsp Julien cut ginger, and 2 tsp Kashmiri red chili powder. Sauté it for about 1 min and lastly add golden fried onion, mix it well.
making tadka, for this special food haleem
  • Then immediately add the tadka to the dal and mutton mix and stir it well. 
lastly adding the tadka to make haleem
  • Cook the mix for 1-2 more mins to make your mutton haleem ready. Serve it hot by garnishing with beresta, Julien cut ginger, chopped coriander and a slice of lemon.
ramadan special recipe, boneless mutton haleem(lamb or goat meat haleem) is ready


  • Use the same cup to measure the dal, rice, broken wheat, and water.
  • If you soak the dal for overnight, then the dal mix will take less time than mine as I soaked the dal for 8 hours.
  • Cooking time differs for different brands of pressure cookers. So a minute difference may happen while pressure cooking. 
  • You can make more tadka to use it while serving if you need that richness.  
  • With this haleem masala, at least 3 times you can prepare this dish for 6-7 people.  
  • Here I have prepared this recipe for 6-7 people so you may increase the quantity to double or triple to serve it double or a triple number of people.
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3 thoughts on “mutton haleem recipe | easy kolkata haleem recipe”

    • Hello, Mr. joy, yes, you are right? In Kolkata, small meat chunks are used in making haleem. Even those small meat chunks are the specialty of our kolkata haleem. But if you carefully notice the pics used to describe my recipe, you can see mutton pieces are mashed in half, not fully mashed. Basically, I wanted to break the pieces(through half mashing method) into some more small pieces. However, you can easily cut the raw meat into more small pieces(than I did) as per your requirement.


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