How to Make Al Harees

How to Make Al Harees

Al Harees is a famous dish in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia. It is a traditional Arabic recipe with chicken, whole wheat, ghee, and spices. The best thing about Al Harees is that you don’t need to soak the wheat overnight. Today’s article will list ingredients and instructions to help you make Al Harees. Read on!

Table of Contents


  • One pound of boneless and skinless chicken pieces
  • One cup of Harees whole wheat
  • Two cups of water
  • A half cup of ghee
  • ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon powder
  • One teaspoon of roasted cumin powder
  • One tablespoon of coriander seeds
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place the Harees, chicken, and water in a pan
  2. Cook for two hours on a low heat
  3. Stir from time to time to skim the froth
  4. Now blend the mixture with your hand
  5. You can also use a food processor
  6. The purpose is to achieve a smooth paste
  7. Transfer to a serving bowl
  8. Now, melt ghee and add cumin, cinnamon, salt, and pepper to taste
  9. Pour the mixture on the beaten porridge
  10. Use coriander seeds for garnishing

Note: Instead of boneless chicken, you can use lamb or beef to make Al Harees. We recommend using one pound of boneless beef or lamb chunks and cooking appropriately to make it tenderer. In that case, you also need to soak the wheat overnight.