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AL Harees using Oatmeal & Ghee: The famous non-veg Middle East cuisine

  • July 6, 2021
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Al Harees Using Oatmeal ghee

“HAREES” is a delicious meat-based non-veg dish, highly popular in UAE during Ramadan. However, Al Harees using oatmeal ghee is a wonderful Ramadan staple you can cook anytime.

It’s healthy, tasty, and extremely easy to cook. It is a meat-based porridge which also works as a filler food.

Although almost like the Armenian harissa, Al Harees using oatmeal ghee is more of a jellylike dumpling than a mere porridge. Although Al Harees was once an ethnic dish specifically in Arab countries, nowadays, you can find the food on the menu of some Arabic restaurants in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Middle Eastern countries.

The History of Al Harees recipe

Cooking Al Harees using oatmeal ghee recipe in Middle Eastern Cuisine is a custom during the festive month of Ramadan. The recipe is popular in the Arabian Gulf region. 

It is a hearty, slow-cooked porridge-like dish made from a combination of wheat and meat, often chicken or lamb, and flavored with various spices. 

While the traditional recipe for Al Harees does not typically use oatmeal or ghee, the dish has evolved to include variations incorporating different ingredients. Let’s explore the history and adaptation of Al Harees with an oatmeal and ghee recipe.

Traditional Al Harees:

  • The origins of Al Harees can be traced back to the Arabian Peninsula, where it has been prepared for centuries, especially during the holy month of Ramadan and other special occasions.
  • Traditional Al Harees is made by soaking whole wheat grains overnight and then slow-cooking them with meat (usually chicken or lamb) in a large pot. The mixture is continuously stirred and simmered for several hours until it transforms into a thick, smooth, porridge-like consistency.
  • The dish is traditionally flavored with only a few spices, such as cardamom and cloves. It is often sweetened with sugar or honey.

Oatmeal and Ghee Variation: Al Harees using oatmeal ghee

  • The use of oatmeal and ghee in Al Harees is not part of the original recipe. Still, it represents a modern variation influenced by changing dietary preferences and the availability of ingredients.
  • Oatmeal may be used in place of or in addition to wheat for Al Harees, creating a different texture and flavor profile. It’s often chosen for its health benefits and gluten-free properties.
  • Ghee, a clarified butter widely used in Middle Eastern and Indian cuisine, is sometimes incorporated into Al Harees for its rich, buttery flavor and ability to enhance the overall taste and richness of the dish.

However, you can try this delicious meat recipe at home. It is a slow cooking process; hence you should choose an oil with the highest smoke point.

Adding oatmeal to it can increase its health benefits in a natural, savory way. One of the great advantages of cooking Al Harees using oatmeal ghee is your liberty to choose the meat: you can cook Harees with lamb, mutton, and beef, as well as with chicken.

Ingredients for Al Harees
  • Oatmeal: 3 cups
  • 1 small onion: finely chopped
  • Cinnamon: 1 small stick
  • Water: 1.5 liters (6 cups approximately)
  • Salt: as needed
  • Black pepper: 1/4th teaspoon
  • Cinnamon powder: 1/2nd teaspoons
  • Milkio’s organic grass-fed ghee: 4 tablespoons.
  • Meat: chicken/lamb/beef (as opted)
Instructions for cooking Al Harees
  • Take a large pot. You may take a pot that has a thick bottom.
  • In that large pot, add the meat of your choice.
  • Now add sliced onion, cinnamon stick, and water.
  • Bring the mix to a boil and cook continuously.
  • Let the mix become tender.
  • Once done, it is the stock you have prepared.
  • Once it gets prepared, keep it aside.
  • Remove meat/chicken from the broth and finely chop the meat/chicken.
  • Now use a strainer.
  • You need to drain the ready stock into a large pot.
  • Add Milkio organic grass-fed ghee to the pot.
  • Let the ghee be heated till it becomes completely translucent.
  • Add shredded meat/chicken, the 3 cups of Quaker oats, salt, pepper, and cinnamon to the melted ghee.
  • Keep on stirring using a whisk.
  • Add more water if necessary, but slowly, not at a time.
  • Bring the broth to a boil and stir every 5 -6 minutes.
  • You may add more boiling water if necessary.
  • You need to cook for about 40-45 minutes.
  • Now, you can add 1-2 spoonfuls of Milkio’s organic grass-fed Ghee, stir, and then serve the dish.
Al Harees Using Oatmeal Ghee
Al harees using oatmeal ghee

You have to be attentive while cooking Harees. If you keep stirring the item every few minutes, there is a fair chance it will not get stuck to the pot and get overcooked. The Al Harees using oatmeal ghee is prone to get overcooked easily, so you have to be extra careful.

 Video Source: Titlis Busy Kitchen

Enjoy your Al Harees using Oatmeal ghee and Milkio’s Ghee. It is good for patients suffering from chronic cholesterol and cardio issues.

Al Harees Using Oatmeal ghee: Why Milkio grass-fed organic ghee is the best option?

  • The Al Harees using oatmeal ghee recipe is done by the slow cooking process, a specimen of high-temperature ghee cooking.   Milkio Ghee offers a higher smoke point and helps cook the recipe as a safe oil.
  •  Milkio Ghee is a shelf-stable dairy.  You can store the ghee in your kitchen for 18 months from its manufacturing date.
  • Milkio ghee is a natural taste enhancer. The ghee helps in improving the fragrance of the spices better.

About Milkio Ghee:

Try Milkio grass-fed ghee, prepared in New Zealand from local and imported ingredients. Milkio grass-fed ghee is all-natural and does not contain artificial color, flavor, and chemical preservatives.

Milkio grass-fed ghee products are verified as non-GMO. Milkio Foods, the leading grass-fed ghee manufacturer and exporter, produces them. The ghee is all-natural and offers an intense nutty feel-good aroma, rich, creamy texture, and additive-free quality, making it a superfood for the kitchen.

Milkio Ghee is gluten, lactose, casein, carb, sugar, and chemical-free product safe for consuming lactose intolerants and casein sensitives. It is keto and paleo diet-friendly.  Milkio ghee products do not contain artificial color, flavor, or preservatives.

Milkio ghee offers a high smoke point. It is shelf-stable dairy oil you can store in the kitchen at room temperature for up to 18 months from manufacturing. To buy Milkio ghee, you may order at the Milkio website. 

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