Oman: Harees ๐Ÿ‡ด๐Ÿ‡ฒ

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I can’t imagine going dawn-to-dusk without a morsel. My respect for those who do is immense.

Boil the marinaded lamb in water to cook.

Boil the marinated lamb in water to cook.

I found myself thinking a lot about that in the past month, as I bookended Ramadan with two meals from the Muslim world, Harees Laham from Oman and Nihari from Pakistan. I also thought about it quite a bit in July, as I spent two weeks traveling around Spain, France and Belgium.

I’ll elaborate more on the Europeans later, but suffice to say, I found the big-lunch small-late-dinner routine pretty great.

I digress. I’ve never cooked with wheatberries before, and I wasn’t thrilled with the notion of making a porridge for dinner. But this turned out surprisingly good โ€“ even though the lamb didn’t quite blend well. Still, the marinade was fantastic and the lamb had a great flavor.

My suggestion is to blend the wheatberries first, then add the lamb.

Ingredients:

Marinade

  • 1ย lb lamb
  • 1ย Cup yogurt
  • 3ย Tb minced garlic
  • 2ย Tb lemon juice
  • 1ย ts cumin
  • 1ย ts coriander
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves

Harees

    • Wheatberries and lamb before blending.

      Wheatberries and lamb before blending.

      1ย lb wheatberries

    • 2/3ย cup ghee
    • 1ย stick cinnamon
    • 1ย Tb cumin
    • salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    • water, as needed
    • Bullion cube

    Directions:

    1. Soak wheatberries overnight.
    2. Marinate the meat for 6-8 hours. Drain and rinse the meat.
    3. Boil the meat until tender, and drain.
    4. The wheatberries did not blend very well. Perhaps not enough liquid?

      The wheatberries did not blend very well. Perhaps not enough liquid?

      In a large pot, add wheatberries, meat, spices, and a bullion cube. Cover the mixture by a couple inches.

    5. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, stirring every 5-10 minutes.
    6. After about an hour, remove from heat. Let cool a little, then blend with a hand-mixer or other tool.ย Note – This did not work very well for me. Perhaps separate the lamb and then blend.
    7. Serve in a bowl, topped with ghee.
    Harees laham, topped with ghee and a mint leaf.

    Harees laham, topped with ghee and a mint leaf.

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