Khitchda / Chicken Haleem

Khitchda / Chicken Haleem

By sonali
  • Serves: 5 - 6
  • Prep Time: 30 Minute
  • Cooking: 45 Minute
  • Calories:

This is a wholesome, nutritious and easy to make delicious Hyderabadi dish. It is a complete one pot meal in itself. Traditionally , Khichra is made of wheat, meat (usually mutton, but sometimes chicken or minced meat), lentils and spices. This dish is cooked for seven to eight hours before it is ready to be served. This  daylong slow cooking results in a dish which is a paste, in which the taste of the spices and meat blend with the wheat, but the meat remains in the form of chunks.Its a classic variation of the signature dish ” Haleem ” that hyderabad is famous for , along with the Hyderabadi Biryani.Haleem has a thick soup like consistency whereas Kitchda still has chunks of meat after being cooked.   Haleem or khitchda are specially prepared during Ramadan month. Its also sold as a breakfast snack in bazaars all year round. Nutritionally , its packed with carbs and proteins , a one course , filling , delicious meal! There are different versions of the Khitchra, this is mine where I have made small changes like adding the curds and the pudina.



  1. Soak the dals for atleast 1 hour. Soak the broken wheat separately. In a bowl Mix the chicken, curd, the masala, the pudina leaves, the coriander leaves, salt and garam masala and marinate for atleast 1 hour.
  2. Slice the Onions length wise and deep fry them in oil till they become golden brown and crisp. Remove and keep aside.
  3. In a pressure cooker, heat the oil. Add the marinated masala and fry till oil separates. Then add the dals and the broken wheat. Mix together. Keep some fried onions for garnish and add the rest of the onions. Pour in 2 cups of water and pressure coo
  4. Serve garnished with fried Onions. Khitchra can be eaten by itself or with chapati and roti.
  5. This is a very versatile dish, vegetables like Pumpkin, brinjal, beans, peas etc can be added instead of chicken for a vegetarian version. Just take 2 whistles only as the veggies cook faster.

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Author Sonali

Hi! I am Sonali, mom to a fast growing teenager and a homemaker.I love to cook, read and travel ( and in that order). I believe that travel keeps the cook ever so innovative. Each time I travel, I scourge the market places and eateries for some new ingredient or recipies. I believe that every type of cuisine has its own story to relate……One that’s fascinating.Being born and brought up in Mumbai which is often called “a melting pot of culinary delights” helped me explore and experiment with a wide range of cuisines.So come share with me the tang of lime, the bite of chilli, the fresh herbs, the crunch of raw veggies and experience the wide spectrum of textures and sharp flavours of different cusines.

Author Harshada

I’m Harshada Sandhan and welcome to little world of culinary adventure ,where I pour my successful kitchen experiments,rustic learnings and travelogues into systematic ,easy to follow recipes and fun to read blogs.

I hope you find my recipes helpful and my blogs as interesting as much as I ve enjoyed Cooking ,Clicking and Writing them.

Happy Cooking!

About Harshada:

Working professional turned Food Blogger, Harshada Sandhan discovered her passion towards cooking after the birth of her son. The numerous recipes, tried and tested in her kitchen soon found their way on her food blog, run by Harshada and her sister Sonali. Mumbai born Harshada is Married into a Maratha Family, and is known for her unique Khandeshi Recipes and Rustic Mumbai Vadvaali Cuisine. She was also featured in online magazines like Salt(Ezine by Food Bloggers Association of India), in editions of Pune and Mumbai Mirror (Times of India). and has also won an award for Regional Blog (Awards by the Food Blogger Association of India) in 2016.

Harshada is a self-confessed bakeaholic and enjoys baking treats for her kids and fmaily. She also retails her Baking ,Gourmet Chocolates and Confectionery under “Angel Delicacies”, a venture she started with her friend Sangeeta and Sister Sonali. Angel Delicacies currently operates in Thane and Mumbai and works with individuals and corporates on customised gifting solutions.

Harshada also likes developing fusion recipes with nutritious Indian ingredients in her kitchen.

She’s a kitchen gadget freak, and loves working with modern kitchen tools and gadgets. She’s always on a look out for online websites offering gourmet food ingredients and learning newer kitchen trends. An avid reader, Harshada also loves writing about food and culinary travel. Harshada is currently based in Thane ,Mumbai with her husband and two Sons.