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Mutton Nihari Recipe

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 In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Mutton Nihari 

Nihari is one of most favorite and traditional dishes of every Muslim home. Be it mutton, chicken or beef nihari, it can be relished with any kind of meat. Traditionally nihari made with the bone marrow meat. It’s a deliciously smooth flour based stew with slow cooked mutton and a myriad of spices.  Mutton Nihari takes a long time to cook but is easy to put together.


There are lot of ready made Nihari spices available in the market. But I would not Never Never recommend. As they are full of artificial colors and preservative agents. Not a healthy approach. 🙁 You can make the Nihari powder at home by following my Nihari Masala Mix and store it in airtight container for many days.

This is a must try recipe from my Mommy.  We normally make Nihari with small pieces of mutton as we prefer it over the bone-in mutton.

 Mutton Nihari Recipe
Photo: Mutton Nihari 


Preferably it must be cook on low flame, but those of you who would rather prefer a faster process can cook it in a pressure cooker though the Nihari taste wont be the same as cooked on a low flame.

So about this Mutton Nihari recipe. As you can see, there’s no layer of fat floating on top of the nihari, As many of you know, when we go out to eat it, we want the brain, marrow and floating oil on top, not a very healthy option. My mommy tried to make it just a little healthy by adding as little butter as possible without compromising on the flavor. Less fat and believe me, just as good. Or if you do like a little oil on top, when you are ready it dish it out, leave it covered on very low heat for about 5-7 minutes. Voila, the ‘little’ amount of oil will rise to the top! 

Mutton Nihari with ginger and fried onion
Mutton Nihari with ginger and fried onion

Traditionally Nihari  served with ginger, fried onion, green chilies and the hottest crisp khameeri roti or naan.

mutton nihari recipe
Nihari goes great with ginger, green chilies, fried onion, lemon and Khamiri Roti.

Let’s get started!

Mutton  Nihari with Step by Step Picture

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Check it out the Mutton Nihari recipe and printable version below!!

Put your own spin on it. And lemme know how it turns out. Post a photo on Facebook (Recipestable) or  on Twitter so I can see how lovely yours turn out.

Happy Cooking!!

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Saleeha says:

Hi Bushrah…Thank you for ur website and this mutton nihari recipe. Indeed a great service to us who have been living far away from Pakistan. I just tried this dish and it turned out awesome. It’s going to be frequently made in my kitchen. My family loved it.

Zany says:

That looks absolutely yummylicious. Shame I am on a self-imposed diet. Food porn like this keeps me going :-).

Kausalya Devy says:

Hi,first time in ur blog…gr8 variety of recipes…nihari looks yum…

Divyansh says:

Wa-alaikum salaam Bushrah, made this for my family… and it turned out really amazing… I’m from India and love recipes you post.. in love with Pakistani cusine.

amir says:

Yummy… looks so delicious

sehrish sultan says:

Made this today for my dad. Such a great recipe!

Shilpa says:

Hi Bushra,

Thank you for sharing this recipe. Looks amazing , I’ve just tried Nihari but a slightly different recipe. Am sure your masalas from scratch will make that difference. Will try it again soon.

Love from Dubai. Shilpa

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