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shmThis is an Afghan dish, healthy and tasty. Dieters you can also include this dish in your Menus. This is basically Afghani Khiri. But I consider this as a Haleem. I have posted a recipe of DEHLI SHOLA which i learned from my Aunt (she was from Dehli) both recipes are very different in taste and looks but names are same :).  Try both and give me your feedback.


Mong lentil/ mung beans1 cup
Chicken (boneless) or beef1 cup
Chicken or beef stock1 cup
Onion1 small
Tomato1 medium
Garlic1 tsp minced
Saltto taste
Red chilli powder1 tbsp or to taste
Turmeric powder1 tsp
Cumin seeds1/2 tsp
Black pepper1 tsp
Rice2 cups
Oil1/2 cup
Spinach 1 cup finely chopped


  • Soak lentil for 2 hours.
  • In a pan fry onion till light golden then add minced garlic and stir for few seconds.
  • Add chopped tomato and fry.
  • Now add chicken or beef and stir. Add salt, pepper, red chillies, turmeric and cumin seeds. Fry them.
  • Add Chicken stock , water, spinach and soaked and washed rice ,cover the lid and cook till tender and thick.
  • I pressure cook them for 10 minutes , you can cook in a pot and then check the consistency you required. If you want to eat as a khichri then dry water, if like Haleem then you can add stock to obtain Haleem consistency.
  • Prepare tempering/ bhagar now (if making for a dieter then skip bhagar)
  • In 1/4 cup oil add 3 red chillies, 1/4 tsp cumin seeds, 1 -2 green chillies and let them crackle then pour on shola.
  • You can fry onion for bhagar also.

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  • Serve with Chat masala, coriander and green chillies.

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2 Responses

  1. Thank you. This is a great recipe. I personally prefer Afghan shola because it’s full of flavour and does not have an overpowering taste of spices.

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