Whenever I go to Hyderabad, there are two things I must eat: Biryani and Haleem. Good Biryani is easy enough to get around India. But Haleem isn’t it.
Haleem is a dish mainly served in cities with large Muslim populations, like Hyderabad, during Ramadan (a Muslim time of fasting). The reason being that its preparation is very laborious. It takes hours of stirring to break down the mutton to produce this thick meaty soup. Therefore it’s reserved for special occasions.
Now you’re probably thinking, as I was when I first set eyes on it, that this looks like slop, yuk! It looks unappetising, yes. But once you taste it I guarantee you’ll be hooked. I can’t really describe the flavours, so just imagine a thick mutton curry soup. It’s not hot spicy, but more of an intense mutton flavour.
The problem is, I’m never in Hyderabad during Ramadan. So I made some calls while in Hyderabad this time and found where I can find this delicacy year round!
1. The Park Hotel’s Aish
Aish serves you Hyderabadi Haleem like you’re a king. The price reflects it too at a crazy ₹850 (it’s around ₹150 on the streets during Ramadan). But it’s worth it providing you’re not craving it daily like me.
It could be a little spicier. But beggars can’t be choosers.
Haleem365 is an online home delivery service that sells a family size Mutton Haleem for ₹550. The pictures on their site look great, but I have not tried them yet so I can’t comment on the taste – leave a comment if you have!
There you go, two places to enjoy Haleem all year round in Hyderabad!