Aleesa/ Hareesa/ Alsa

It seriously feels good to feed your blog regularly without much tension. There was a time when I had cooked so much and clicked so much, I had worried how I would finish posting it all. Now that I am going through a dry phase as far as cooking is concerned, I am so glad that I have a treasure of drafts to fall on to keep feeding my blog. Sometimes, I hint to my HD as to when I had cooked what I am posting now, for which he passed a remark, “You know, your blog should be up-to-date!” Hmm… I guess very soon I have to take his word seriously and try to be make my posts very much closer to the time I cook and click them. But till then, let me enjoy my relaxing phase as of now… πŸ™‚


I have already posted Masala Aleesa before, which is a complete meal in itself. I take out the masala and am posting the aleesa alone today. This is actually one way of making it. Due to the addition of chicken, this goes very well with any spicy curry or is awesome as it is. Towards our side, we don’t make aleesa but having lived in UAE and having friends who come from the northward of Kerala, I have learned this and try to make it for dinner when I remember to soak the whole wheat!!! Hehe… A very straightforward recipe with no complications as such…


Usually this dish is served at weddings and functions as starter and it is eaten with a sprinkling of sugar. I have tried that way, and would prefer it with a chicken curry at any time. For that matter, not necessarily non-veg, recently I discovered that aleesa tastes awesome with some cherupayar curry as well!!! πŸ™‚



Aleesa/ Hareesa

Course Main
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 2 cups whole wheat soaked overnight
  • 2 cup thick coconut milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 big pcs of cinnamon
  • 3 pcs of chicken with bone
  • Salt to taste


  • Combine all the ingredients in a pressure cooker and mix well.
  • Pressure cook for three whistles and then leave it on low flame for around 30 minutes.
  • Switch off and allow the pressure to go by itself.
  • Open the cooker, discard the cinnamon pieces.
  • Pull out the chicken and shred the meat. Discard the bone and add the meat back into the aleesa. Once slightly cooled, using a hand blender, blend the aleesa till slightly mashed up.
  • Serve warm with any spicy non-vegetarian curry!

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    1. Thank you so much Faseela…

  1. Healthy & nutritious. Mostly we have in ramadan only.

    1. More is made during Ramadan, but I try to make it once in a while as well, Humi… thanks a lot…

  2. this is really new to me , will you beleive ! seriously..have not tried this b4.

    1. It''s not available in Kuwait??? Hmm… it's a meal in itself, Sona… do try…

  3. This is a new one for me, looks good!

    1. Thank you so much Beulah…

  4. Wow you have a recipe bank? I would so love to be in that position. Aleesa seems to be combining two food groups and I really like it about it..

    1. Oh yes, for the time being, I have enough for two months!!! Hehe… thanks a lot, Pankthi…

  5. Seriously am surprised to see ur constant posting sis, wonderful please go on like this way. Aleesa sounds a short cut method of Hyderabadi haleem..

    1. Like you said akka, a short cut of haleem… thanks a lot for your encouragement akka…

  6. I like this soupy taste of this dish. I have tasted this from Omani neighbors. But have tasted chicken hareesa. Hope this masala Hareesa also tasty

    1. Thank you so much Eliza…

  7. Without chicken i am intrested in this healthy meal .I am too feeding my blog the way you do πŸ™‚

    1. Glad to know that I am not alone!!! Thanks a lot Sathya… πŸ™‚

  8. healthy & nutritious hareesa..Would taste great as it is…

    1. Thank you so much Gloria….

  9. This looks very healthy and yumm.

    1. Thank you so much Lisha…

  10. Whole wheat means is it "nurukku gothambu" ? This dish is new to me…….Looks so delicious and yummy….Will try this πŸ™‚

    1. It is not nurukku gothambu, it is whole gothambu… if you do try, do let me know… πŸ™‚

    2. @remya…For making hares a,buy the whole wheat without skin(fibre)..its very important..don't make it with fibre wheat,as while mashing the wheat,it has the tendency to separate the fibre,which taste horrible….

    3. Thank you so much for your inputs, Faheema…. πŸ™‚

  11. This is an interesting way to cook savoury. It looks like a savoury porridge to me πŸ˜€

    1. Yeah, it is almost that! Thank you so much Zoe…

  12. Is this same as haleem? I love haleem..haven't tried this yet. Guess should give this a try soon, sounds healthy with the whole wheat.

    1. It is not haleem… but an easier version, I must say!!! Mainly made in Muslim households towards Kannur and Thalassery side, for weddings… thanks a lot, dears…

  13. I'm not sure; if I've tasted hareesa. Still the name rings the bell. Something unique and delicious I must say; nicely scented with cinnamon.

    1. Thank you so much Nava…

  14. Its so hard to find recipes cooked with whole grains.. this one looks delicious and healthy!

    1. Thank you so much dear…

  15. This looks very delicious and healthy, surely will try it…

    1. Thank you so much Priya…

  16. healthy and a yummy dish

    1. Thank you so much Ruxana…

  17. I have never tried this but looks delicious Rafee

    1. Thank you so much Rekha…

  18. Healthy meal,new to me,thanks for sharing

    1. Thank you so much Suja…

  19. Looks delicious!!! Will try for sure dear

    1. Thank you so much Farin…

  20. that is so easy and quick to make dear.. its a lovely version with less spices that is attracting me most…

    1. Thank you so much Monu…

  21. This is new to me. Looks like a stew and sounds healthy with whole wheat!!

    I always wondered how you managed to post mostly daily with kids and work….now I know, you are relaxing now after the hard work you did before by making all these and clicking them πŸ™‚

    1. So now u know my secret!!! πŸ™‚ Thank you so much Shibi…

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