Tuesday, July 8, 2014

How to Prepare Chicken Harees (Arabic Soup)

Every year in the Month of Ramadan all Muslims prepare their own traditional food varieties for Iftar.

during Ramadan we cook variety of kansji/soup/porriage. for iftar
  In Middle East countries especially U.A.E ,Saudi, for Iftar often they use to make their most famous traditional soup  Meat Harees or Chicken Harees with very light spices and less oil.

Harees with Saffron

Chicken Harees  (Arabic Soup)
சிக்கன் ஹரீஸ்  ( அரபிக் நோன்பு கஞ்சி /சூப்)


Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Soaking Time
Serves:  4 Persons


Boneless Chicken cubes  - 200 gram
Whole white wheat or broken wheat - 100 gram
Cinnamon powder - 1/2 tspn
Cumin, Roasted powder - 1 tspn
olive oil 
Butter – 1 tbspn
white pepper pwd - 1/2 tspn
Chopped onion – 1 no
Chopped Garlic – 3 pod


Butter (or) ghee – tspn
Cinnamon powder
Cumin ,Roasted Powder
oilve oil – required qty


Soak wheat over night or (8 to 10 hours)

In a pressure cooker add little butter fry chopped onion, and garlic.
add chicken, soaked wheat and salt toss well.
add water and close the cooker lid keep the flame medium high leave 5 whistles
and keep the flame low and cook for 15 minutes.

Remove from the heat and  blend Harees in blender to a  3/4 coarse paste.
or leave it to cool and grind in a mixie.

Arabic Itftar Menu
Chicken harees
 Dill Leaves Filafel
 White Channa masal vadai
Fruits (Orange, Cherry, Grapes)
 Chikoo dates milk shake

Heat a small pan add butter, cumin and cinnamon fry for half a minute and add immediately to  Harees and mix well.
Transfer them to the serving bowl and add olive oil over the harees
you can make side dish for Harees such as Chicken Baji or Falafil 

Note: You can add burgal or oats instead of wheat.
Arabs use mutton with bones or chicken with bones, here i used boneless Chicken
Very light and healthy porriage/soup
You can use only olive oil also.

 Very Tasty and healthy Harees is ready to serve in Iftar.
Linking to Rafeeda's Ahlan Ramadan


  1. Yummy.. thanks for sharing detailed recipe with images!

  2. this looks gorgeous, thanks for linking this to The Cooking Doctor's ramadhan party ! Sharing this on my FB page as well :-)


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