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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. This Mutton Nihari recipe takes a long time to cook but is easy to put together.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings 6
Author Bushrah | Recipestable


  • 1-1/2 kg mutton shank portion, cut into 8 pieces
  • 1/4 cup clarified butter or desi ghee
  • 3 medium onions thinly sliced
  • 1 tablspeoon ginger paste
  • 1 tablespoon garlic paste
  • 2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • salt to taste
  • 4 tablebspoon wheat flour
  • 4 tablespoon nihari masala Mix

Nihari Masala Mix

  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon soonth dry ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg powder
  • 5-6 green cardamoms
  • 2 black cardamoms
  • 5 cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 10 black peppercorns

For Garnishing

  • 1/2 cup crispy fried onion
  • 1 inch ginger cut into this strips
  • 1 lime cut into wedges
  • 2 green chilies thinly sliced
  • few fresh coriander leaves chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime


Niahri Masala Mix Method

  • To make your own Nihari masala from scratch, dry roast all the whole spices for the masala and grind them to a fine powder.

Mutton Nihari Method

  • Melt butter or ghee (you can use oil as well but ghee makes it tastier) in a heavy bottom pot.
  • saute onion slices and fry till they start to turn brown(about4-5 minutes).
  • Now add mutton pieces, ginger paste and garlic paste.
  • Stir and cook for 5-8 minutes or until meat is no longer pink and all juices run clear.
  • Now add coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt.
  • SautĂ© for 5 minutes.
  • Add the nihari masala and 8 cups of water.
  • Stir well.
  • Cover the pot and cook on very low flame for about 4 hours until the meat is tender.
  • Keep checking in between. The way to know that the meat is cooked is when it breaks easily with a wooden spoon.
  • Remove the lid and increase the flame.
  • Dissolve wheat flour in half cup of water such that there are no lumps.
  • Slowly pour wheat mixture into the gravy.
  • Stir to mix well.
  • Let it simmer for another 15 minutes or until the gravy is thickened.
  • Drizzle some lime juice over it.
  • Garnish with fried onion, ginger slices, green chilies and fresh coriander leaves.
  • Delicious Mutton Nihari is ready to serve. Enjoy!!


Serving Suggestions:
Serve with Khameeri Roti or Naan. At time of serving, add chop fresh coriander, green chilies, Julienne cut ginger and fry onions.. and also lemon…. these things will improve the taste of nihari.