Haleem, haleem, haleem is what most of my husband’s dreams are made of. He loves this dish with a passion. He claims the best haleem is made in Chicago at a popular Pakistani restaurant and I would have to agree.
Haleem, my friends, is a hearty lamb or beef stew made with bone-in meat cooked in a spicy curry and then thickened with wheat and lentils. The curry is then pulverized into a thick soup and eaten with leavened crusty bread, such as naan, ladened with ghee or eaten with a hearty loaf of bread slathered in butter.
“Nah! It’s not really cold yet!” I’ve been repeating this to myself every day. Well… the weather hasn’t dipped that low yet. Come on, don’t frown – it’s Minnesota for goodness sake! If I complain of the cold, I might as well pack my bags and leave.
Walking to the bus stop yesterday morning was bitterly cold. I felts little streams of tears running down my face and no, I was not crying, my eyes were watering from the bitter wind blowing into them. Continue reading →