Haleem Pie

Haleem is a traditional stew from the Middle East most commonly made with barley, wheat or lentils. It sometimes includes braised meat, as is the case in this channa dal and filo pastry pie version
Haleem Pie
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Haleem Pie
May 14, 2019
Preparation Time 20 minutes
Cooking Time 2 hours
Serves 6
PHOTO BY Katelyn Allegra
RECIPE BY Katelyn Allegra
FOOD STYLING BY Katelyn Allegra & Cassandra Upton
PROP STYLING BY Sophia-Maria Eygelaar


150g channa dhal, soaked overnight
4 tbsp olive oil or ghee
1 onion, finely sliced
4 cloves garlic, finely grated
5cm piece ginger, finely grated
500g beef sirloin, cut into 5cm cubes
375ml spinneysFOOD Bottled Water
1 tbsp fenugreek, ground
1 tbsp spinneysFOOD Fine Coriander
1 tbsp spinneysFOOD Fine Cumin
1 tbsp spinneysFOOD Garam Masala
1 tsp spinneysFOOD Chilli Powder
1 tsp spinneysFOOD Fine Turmeric
1 tomato, roughly chopped
2 serrano chillies, seeds removed and finely sliced
10g spinneysFOOD Fresh Coriander, roughly chopped
2 tbsp double-thick yoghurt
12-18 sheets frozen phyllo pastry dough, thawed
120g ghee, melted


  • 1

    Place the soaked and drained channa dhal (lentils) in a pot of salted water and bring to a boil. Cover and cook for 1 hour or until al dente. Strain and set aside to cool

  • 2

    Place the lentils, onion, garlic, ginger and sirloin chunks in a slow cooker or large saucepan, add 1½ cups of water and bring to a boil. Simmer for around 1 hour, stirring occasionally

  • 3

    Stir in all the spices, tomato, chillies, coriander and yoghurt and cook on low heat for about 30 minutes. Take off the heat and allow to cool slightly

  • 4

    For the pie, preheat the oven to 180˚C, gas mark 4

  • 5

    Place the stew in a medium-sized roasting dish or oven-safe pan. Brush 1 piece of phyllo with butter and fold in half. Scrunch the phyllo up and place on top of the meat

  • 6

    Repeat with the remaining pastry until the top of the meat is covered. 6 Bake for 15-20 minutes, until phyllo is golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature


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