Not Your Mother’s Hareesa
Hareesa is one of those dishes that every Assyrian loves. Unfortunately, the fact that it takes so much effort to prepare makes it seem intimidating to take on. That’s probably why it’s usually only served on special occasions and holidays.
I recall my mom spending hours at the stove, stirring and beating the hareesa into submission. Occasionally she would ask one of us kids to step in and continue beating it while she rested her arm. It seems like we all got a turn stirring by the time it was ready to enjoy. Did I mention there was seven of us kids? That’s a lot of stirring!
While I was working on compiling recipes for my cookbook, Mom’s Authentic Assyrian Recipes, my sister introduced me to this modern way of making hareesa. Thanks to Beni, gone are the days of beating the hareesa by hand all day long. Beni was kind enough to show me this easy method of cooking the hareesa in a crockpot. Now I’m happy to let you in on the secret!