Ramadan Special – Haleem
The Arabic word “Haleem” means understanding, patience, calm, generous and slow to anger.
Haleem is a popular non-veg dish in the Indian city Hyderabad, especially during Ramadan. Hyderabadi local spices give an embryonic exclusive taste that became popular to the Hyderabad people in the 19th century.
Before discussing the benefits and harmful effects of the Haleem, let’s learn the ingredients used in the making of Haleem.
Required Ingredients: It is a stew composed of meat, pounded wheat, a number of spices and pulses such as lentil, split bengal gram, split green gram, barley etc. into a thick paste.
Haleem is a delicious dish yet it has high amounts of fats, protein, potassium and calories. One serving of Haleem (approx. 375gms) contains almost 974 kcal. Calories from fat only are 548 Kcal. Protein content is 79gms, potassium is approx. 1372mg and sodium are 560mg.
All of these may affect your weight (especially who are overweight and who are prone to gain weight), sugar levels, kidney functions and digestive system.
Haleem also has good effects because it contains dals, several spices, and wheat; dal is a good and healthy protein for humans. It also contains trace elements like zinc, magnesium, manganese, iron etc. Spices not only impress the taste buds but also contains some essential micronutrients like antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. From wheat, people get carbohydrate to stay fit.
How will you make your Haleem healthy?
- As an alternative of ghee, you can use a refined oil or olive oil.
- Try to use some vegetarian protein like paneer, tofu, sesame seeds, flax seeds, soya beans etc. along with the meat.
- Avoid red meat to prepare home-made Haleem.
- Instead of using 4-5 types of dals, go with 1-2 types of dal because every dal loaded with proteins.
Follow these simple tips to modify your delicious Haleem into a nutritiously tasty Haleem. Enjoy the delightful aroma of Ramadan season in a healthy and delicious way.