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Do You Love Al-Harees? Learn How to Cook It

Al Harees is a UAE traditional dish made with a combination of meat/chicken, wheat, rice and simple Arabic spices. It is a spectacular food invention that people love to eat in Ramadan daily and other festivals, such as Eid and weddings in Arab countries. This simple and elegantly delectable meal never misses satisfying your taste buds. It is simple to cook but requires several hours for baking. Al-Harees is also the most famous dish in Qatar as well and variations of this Arabic dish are consumed in various other countries. You can also make some variations in the recipe of Al-Harees according to your desire and taste.


Here is a recipe of Al-Harees that has a super delicious taste which forces you to finger licking. You can enjoy this recipe as a simple salty flavor and the rich and amalgamated savors of wheat and meat. Have a look at the key ingredients of this Arabic cuisine and also learn how to cook it.


  • Whole Wheat (Harees) — 2 cups
  • Boneless Chicken — 1 kilo (2 pounds)
  • Basmati Rice — ½ cup
  • Samen or Melted Butter — 150 gram
  • Ground cinnamon — ½ teaspoon
  • Roasted ground cumin — 2 teaspoons
  • Salt and black pepper powder — as per taste
  • Onions —- 2-3
  • Water, as needed

Servings: 6-8 Persons

Preparation Time: About 4 hours 40 Minutes


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  1. Soak the whole wheat overnight or for at least 8 hours in plenty of water.
  2. In a large pot, place the whole drained wheat and add 1, ¾ litre water, and boil them on high heat until the wheat is beginning to make fluffy and soft.
  3. Boil the chicken and rice separately in plenty of lightly salted water until tender.
  4. Then take a large pot, place the boiled wheat, chicken and rice with a little salt and pepper and enough water to cover the mixture of wheat, rice, and chicken by about 5 cm.
  5. Bring to a boil and turn down the heat to cook it for 3, ½ hours. Let it boil, boil and boil until it gets a shape of a little thick mixture. Also, stir continuously when all the ingredients are well combined.
  6. Once the wheat is too soft and has lost its shape, the water has been absorbed, then remove it from the heat and allow to cool it.
  7. Add ¾ cup of boiling water, if all the water has been absorbed and more water is needed and crushed the chicken if any larger pieces remain.
  8. Then start blending the wheat and chicken until they get a homogeneous form, slightly elastic, soft and thick. Use a large wooden spoon to mix them thoroughly. You can put it in an immersion blender, but it is better to mix it with a wooden spoon to get an authentic taste of harees.
  9. The harees when ready or cooked properly will have a thick mixture consistency. Then, take it out in a serving dish.
  10. Fry the onions separately in a frying pan until brown. And then pour the samen over the Harees and also add the brown onion and ground cinnamon and roasted ground cumin seeds on the top of it.

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  • Use beef or mutton instead of chicken to make a variation of this dish.
  • Instead of Samen or melted butter, you can also add the ghee.
  • Serve Harees with plenty of cinnamon and sugar to change the taste of this traditional dish.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves, green chillies and serve it with roti or naan. It will definitely excite your taste buds! So, enjoy this super delicious and lip-smacking Harees.

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One thought on “Do You Love Al-Harees? Learn How to Cook It”

  1. Wonderful recipe!
    Yes, whipped wheat dish which is traditionally eaten during Ramadan.
    On the other hand a hand blender is very useful kitchen equipment which is used blending liquids and semi-liquids, chopping and mixing.

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