Emirati Harees

Written by Marwan A

January 30, 2021

This Emirati Harees dish is known for being one of the most dishes that you would want to taste. And if you want to know what this dish is made from, it is very simple; this recipe doesn’t need more than a few ingredients, like wheat mixed with meat; then cooked to perfection to the consistence of porridge.

Al Harees

You can make this recipe from different types of meat to your liking whether lamb, chicken or beef and the boneless pieces are mashed and mixed very well into this dish.
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Course: Dip, Lunch
Cuisine: Emarati (UAE) Recipes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4 People
Calories: 188kcal


  • 1 Pound of mutton or boneless chicken meat
  • 1 Pound of soaked for an overnight and drained wheat
  • 1 Pound of Barley soaked and drained for an overnight
  • 1 tbsp of Ginger-Garlic Paste
  • 2 tbsp of Green Chili Paste
  • 1/2 tbsp of cumin Seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp of crushed Fennel Seeds
  • 1 tbsp of fine Salt- To Taste
  • 1 tbsp of Chat Masala
  • 2 tbsp of lemon juice
  • Edible oil for tempering
  • 1 tbsp olive oil for garnishing
  • 1 tbsp of Haleem Masala
  • 1 Cup Brown fried onions to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon of coriander Leaves


  • Start by taking the soaked barley and the wheat and let it boil into a pan with a double water quantity; you can also use a pressure cooker for a faster cooking process
  • It is time now to churn the mixture of the boiled wheat and the barley with the help of a blender
  • Keep churning until you get a thick mixture that is paste-like
  • You can also add in water if you want; yet the thickness is very much preferred
  • Add the ginger garlic paste, the salt; the crushed cumin and the fennel seeds mixture into another pan; then shred the chicken and keep it aside
  • Add the shredded chicken to the wheat and the barley mixture as well as with the chicken stock
  • Mix your ingredients very well; then let cook for about 15 additional minutes
  • If you want to add a little bit of Asian taste to the Harees, you can also add the chat masala and the lemon juice to it
  • You can also temper the (Tadka/Baghar) with oil and you can also use also by Haleem masala and to do that, all you need to do is to sprinkle the haleem masala over the Harees; then just heat the oil into a pan and place over it
  • Close the lid so that the smell will be perfectly absorbed into the Harees
  • Garnish it with the Barista; the fried onions, the fresh coriander leaves and 1 tablespoon of olive oil


Nutrition Information                                          
Calories: 193, Fat: 3g, Carbohydrates: 25g, Dietary Fiber: 2g, Protein: 6g


Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2.3g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 8mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 1mg
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