Arabic harees is a famous dish in Arabian cuisine and very similar to popular Pakistani dish Haleem or Daleem.  It is a complete meal as it contains lentils, rice, wheat, spinach, and meat. We make hareesa with a little variation in Arabic hareesa. In Pakistan hareesa traditionally belongs to city Lahore. That’s why we call it Lahori hareesa. I do not find much about its origin on Google. Some believe that this dish belongs to Kashmir and some believe it is from Amritsar.Thats why Amritsari hareesa and Kashmiri hareesa are very famous . But in Pakistan people from all over the country go to Lahore to eat this delicious, rich, and unique dish.

Hareesa recipe is quite long. It takes long hours to cook meat and grains then mixing and mashing them until we get smooth texture. It takes almost 14-15 hours and a lot of effort. Well, I made it using few shortcuts. Instead of waiting long hours we can cook meat and lentils in pressure cooker and instead of mixing and mashing with hands we can use blender. Though we cannot make hareesa in bulk (for commercial purpose) with these home appliances but we can make it perfectly for our family. I guarantee you, it totally worth spending time in making this royal dish.

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We can make hareesa with mutton, beef, and chicken but beef is best for this recipe. In grains we can use whole wheat or broken wheat. I have used a mixture of both. Similarly some people also use broken rice instead of whole rice. But I prefer whole grains as we cannot get required sticky texture with broken grains. It is a dish which mostly people eat in winter because it gives energy and warmth to our body. How to make hareesa?Making hareesa involves 5-6 steps which are as follows.

Step 1: preparing spice mix.

Step 2: cooking meat.

Step 3: cooking grains.

Step 4: preparing and frying kebabs.

Step 5: assembling meat and grains and blending them.

Step 6: making spinach tadka

lahori hareesa

Some pro tips for making Lahori hareesa

  • Whole wheat grain is very hard and takes longer time to get tender compared to other grains. If we add baking soda in water while soaking wheat, it gets tender very quickly. It is also useful that you start cooking wheat earlier and add other grains later.
  • You should make sure that there is adequate amount of water in grains while cooking. When water reduces grains start to stick to the base of your utensil.
  • If you have two pressure cookers you can start cooking both meat and grains together. Use one for cooking meat and one for cooking grains. It saves a lot of time. Cooking time of both things should be more than usual because the more they tender, more it will be easy to blend them.
  • Hareesa is famous for its traditional richness. It is very important that you prepare tadka (frying spices in oil to pour on something) in desi ghee (clarified butter). It gives authentic aroma and taste to your dish.
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Harees is a famous dish in Arabic cuisine and very similar to popular Pakistani dish Haleem or Daleem.  It is made with mixture of grains and meat so, very rich and nutritious. It itself is a complete meal as it contains lentils, rice, wheat, spinach, and meat. Hareesa recipe is quite long but I guarantee you, it totally worth spending time in making this royal dish.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Arabian, Indian, Pakistani
Keyword amritsari hareesa, amritsari hareesa near me, arabic hareesa, arabic hareesa recipe, beef hareesa recipe, haleem and hareesa recipe, hareesa, hareesa arabic, hareesa masala, hareesa recipe, kashmiri hareesa recipe, lahori hareesa, lahori hareesa recipe, mutton hareesa recipe in urdu
Prep Time 9 hours
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 11 hours
Servings 12 people


  • Pressure cooker
  • Blender


fro spice mix

  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 5-6 whole cloves
  • 3-4 small cinnamon sticks
  • 1 whole bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 2-3 pieces nutmeg
  • ½ piece mace
  • 2 whole green cardamon
  • 2 whole black cardamom

for preparing meat

  • 1 kg boneless beef
  • 1 large onion sliced thinly
  • ½ cup oil
  • 4 large chopped green chilies
  • 2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp red chili powder
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 liter water

for preparing grains

  • 1 cup whole wheat grains soaked overnight. Add one teaspoon baking soda while soaking
  • ½ cup broken wheat soaked overnight
  • 1 cup split green gram soaked overnight
  • 1 cup whole rice soaked overnight
  • 2.5 liter water

for preparing kebabs

  • 1 kg beef mince
  • 1 tbsp Ginger garlic paste
  • 2 tbsp chopped green chilies
  • ¾ cup gram flour
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp red chili powder
  • 2 cups oil

for preparing tadka

  • ½ kg spinach
  • 1 cup Clarified butter


  • Grind all spices included in spice mix to fine powder
  • For preparing meat heat oil in cooker and add sliced onion. fry onion until golden. Add meat, ginger garlic paste, and spices in it. fry meat for 5 minutes.
  • Add water in meat and close pressure cooker. cook meat for one hour after whistling starts.
  • When meat is cooked and water dries mash it with wooden spoon until strings are formed.
  • For cooking grains add split green gram, wheat, broken wheat, and rice in pressure cooker. Add water and keep cooking until water starts boiling.
  • When water starts boiling, close lid of pressure cooker and cook half hour after whistling starts.
  • For making kebabs, add green chilies, ginger garlic paste, gram flour, and spices in mince.
  • Mix all spices in mince and make finger sized kebabs. Deep fry kebabs until golden.
  • When grains are cooked, blend them until smooth. Add more water if consistency is thick. Add mashed meat in it and mix it thoroughly.
  • Add prepared spice mix, prepared kebabs, 2 tbsp salt, and 1 tbsp red chili powder in grain mixture and mix them completely. reserve few kebabs for garnish.
  • Boil spinach and blend it with water.
  • Heat ghee in pan and add blended spinach in it. Cook it until water dries. Pour it on prepared hareesa.
  • Serve with brown onion, lemons, and green chilies.

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