I love to eat haleem, but making it can be complicated and take several hours. But a few years ago, my aunt introduced me to this quick and easy ‘faux haleem’ recipe using oatmeal and I loved it! It tastes very similar to haleem, but it’s much lighter and healthier! It’s also very versatile because you can add in kheema, shredded chicken, or shredded meat if you want some protein. Or, eat it with a side of boiled eggs. It makes a great hearty and delicious breakfast and I plan on making it for my family the morning of Eid.
Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1/4 of an onion, chopped
- 1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste
- 1 tsp salt, or to taste
- 1/4 of a green chilli, chopped
- 1/4 tsp tumeric
- chilli powder, to taste
- curry leaves
- 1 cup quick oats
- 3 cups water
- 1 tomato, chopped
- small bunch cilantro, chopped
Saute onions in some olive oil over medium heat.
When onions are translucent, add the ginger garlic paste, salt, turmeric, green chili, red chili powder. Cook for one minute, then add tomatoes.
Cook tomatoes until soft. I covered the pot for a few minutes so that tomatoes could soften. Mash the mixture with a wooden spoon.
Add water and curry leaves.
Bring water mixture to a boil.
When tomato water mixture is boiling, slowly add the quick oats and mix well.
Squeeze in the juice of a half of a lemon.
Stir the oatmeal and cook. It will look watery, but do not be alarmed. The mixture will thicken as it starts to cook. In a few minutes, cover the pot and let thicken for about 5 minutes.
I added in some leftover kheema and sprinkled in fresh cilantro. Cook and stir until you have the consistency you want. I like my faux haleem on the thicker end.
Plate your “haleem” and add some more fresh cilantro on top. Enjoy, and tell me what you think of the taste. Does it taste like haleem?
ooh I will try this tomorrow