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a creamy bowl of qatari harees that is drizzled with ghee and coriander seeds.

Qatari Harees (Beaten wheat and chicken)

Qatari Harees is a lovely dish that is a true comfort food. It is often served during Ramadan in Qatar but is perfect anytime. Be sure to make some Qatari Khubz Arabi (Arabian Bread) to scoop it up with.

Course Main Dish
Cuisine Qatari
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
soaking time 8 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 587 kcal
Author Darlene at International Cuisine



  • 1 lb chicken pieces boneless, skinless
  • 1 cup harees whole wheat, soaked overnight
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup ghee
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp roasted cumin powder
  • 1 Tablespoon coriander seeds
  • salt and pepper to taste



  1. Place the chicken, harees and water in a pan and cook on a low fire for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Skim the froth.
  2. Blend the mixture by hand or using a food processor until a smooth paste results, then transfer to a serving bowl.
  3. Melt the ghee and add the cinnamon, cumin and salt and pepper to taste. Pour the mixture on top of the beaten porridge in the bowl.
  4. Garnish with coriander seeds

Recipe Notes

Please note that this recipe can also be made using lamb and would be totally authentic as well.  Just use 1 lb of boneless lamb chunks and cook until completely tender.

Also be sure to plan ahead as the wheat needs to soak overnight before you cook it.

Nutrition Facts
Qatari Harees (Beaten wheat and chicken)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 587 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Fat 35g54%
Saturated Fat 17g106%
Cholesterol 115mg38%
Sodium 61mg3%
Potassium 170mg5%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 110IU2%
Vitamin C 1.5mg2%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 3.1mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.