Hyderabad Haleem At Your Doorstep
Hyderabad takes its haleem very seriously. In 2010, haleem makers in the city acquired a Geographical Indication (GI) tag, which allows only them to call the Ramadan speciality made using slow-cooked goat meat, lentils and spices, “Hyderabad haleem”. According to this report, to qualify for the GI tag, the haleem has to be cooked with bacteria-free goat meat and in 100 per cent pure ghee (as certified by a lab), for 12 hours in a copper vessel over a wood fire. Pista House, a renowned bakery, sweet mart and Hyderabad’s most popular haleem shop, proudly flaunts their GI tag on their haleem containers, which they export to the Middle East, the US, Canada and Europe and courier daily to Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai.
In Mumbai, haleem is an elusive commodity. The Kakori House chain (which has outlets in Bandra, Mahim and Oshiwara), and Bandra restaurant The Golconda Bowl are among the few places in our city that serve the meaty delicacy as a daily offering. Fortunately, you can order, as we did, a container of Pista House’s haleem from the gifting website Makemygiftz.com (you have to order a minimum of one kilo). Our pail of haleem was fresh and fragrant. The dish, which is pate-like in texture, had tender pieces of meat cooked with wheat, urad and chana dal. Whole spices like cloves and black peppercorns lend an aromatic kick to the fatty mush of a dish, which can easily be shared by a party of five people with large appetites.
Pista House’s haleem is priced at Rs485 for a kilo. With India, the haleem gets delivered a day after you place the order, unless there are flight delays. To place an order, visit Makemygiftz.com.Tags: haleem, Pista House