Nihari is a stew from the Indian subcontinent consisting of slow-cooked meat, mainly shank meat of beef or lamb and mutton, goat meat and chicken, along with bone marrow. It is flavored with long pepper, a relative of black pepper.
The word “Nihar” originated from the Arabic word, “Nahar” which means “morning”. It was originally eaten by Nawabs in the Mughal Empire as a breakfast item after their morning prayers.
Nihari used to be slow-cooked overnight in large pots in order to be given to labourers when they participated in the substantial construction projects sanctioned by the empire. Nihari was served free to labourers.
After Pakistan gained its independence in 1947, a huge wave of immigrants from Delhi settled in Karachi. As many of these immigrants were already involved in the food industry, restaurants were quickly established in Karachi.
- 1 LEG OF LAMB CUT IN BIG PIECES
- 1 BOX OF NIHARI MASALA
- HALF BOX OF MEAT MASALA
- GINGER GARLIC FRESH
- 5 ONIONS ROUGHLY CHOPPED
- WHITE VINEGAR FOR WASHING LAMB
- 1 Tablespoon(tbsp) KASHMIRI CHILLI POWDER MILD
- 1 Tablespoon(tbsp) FRESH GROUND JEERA
- 1 Tablespoon(tbsp) DHANA
- FRESH GREEN CHILLIES PASTE
- 3 FRESH TOMATO FINELY CHOPPED
- 8 BIG FRESH LEMON SQUEEZED
- GARAM MASALA
- BUTTER GHEE
- FRIED ONIONS
- A LOT OF FRESH CORRIANDER
- WHOLE WHEAT first toast on the pan to remove raw smell (CHAPATI FLOUR) MIX WITH WATER TO MAKE A LIGHT PASTE (1CUP FLOUR WITH WATER)
- WASH LAMB WITH VINEGAR SO IT DOES NOT SMELL.. DISCARD ALL WATER.
- ADD GINGER / GARLIC /HALF NIHARI MASALA/MEAT MASALA HALF PKT/SALT/GREEN CHILLI PASTE/ABIT OF LEMON JUICE.
- MAKE HOT OIL AND MIX IT UP.. LEAVE TO MARINATE FOR 3 HRS BEFORE COOKING BUT I LEAVE IT OVERNIGHT.
- NEXT STEP.. PUT YOUR GHEE IN THE SAUCEPAN ..add onions when light brown add and fry your meat until brown - here you can add more nihari masala/TOMOATO/DHANA JEERA/CHILLIES – when brown.. add hot boiling water to cover the meat up - maybe 2 litters of more.. do not worry if it is a lot water because then you will cook slowly until meat is tender.. I cook in pressure cooker for 20mins and switch off (when I am in a hurry) or leave it to cook until meat is tender .. lamb cooks quickly.
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