21 Jun 2023

Ingredients for Mutton Nihari:

500 grams mutton, preferably bone-in
2 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter)
2 onions, thinly sliced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
2-inch piece of ginger, grated
2 tablespoons wheat flour (optional, for thickening)
2 tablespoons Nihari masala
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon red chili powder
1 teaspoon coriander powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
4 cups water
Salt to taste
Chopped fresh coriander leaves for garnish
Ginger slices for garnish
Lemon wedges for serving
Naan or rice for serving

Instructions for cooking Mutton Nihari:

  1. In a large stainless steel saucepan, heat ghee over medium heat. Add sliced onions and cook until golden brown and caramelized. This will take approximately 10-15 minutes.
  2. Add minced garlic and grated ginger to the pan. Sauté for a minute until aromatic.
  3. Add mutton pieces to the pan and cook until they are browned on all sides. Stir occasionally to ensure even cooking.
  4. In a small bowl, mix wheat flour with a little water to make a smooth paste. Set it aside.
  5. Add Nihari masala, turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder, and cumin powder to the pan. Stir well to coat the meat with the spices.
  6. Pour water into the pan, making sure the meat is completely submerged. Add salt to taste. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  7. Once it comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover the pan, and let it simmer for 3-4 hours or until the mutton is tender and the flavors are well blended. Stir occasionally and check for the desired tenderness.
  8. If you prefer a thicker gravy, gradually add the wheat flour paste to the simmering pan. Stir well to avoid lumps and continue cooking for an additional 15-20 minutes.
  9. Once the mutton is cooked and the gravy has thickened to your liking, turn off the heat.
  10.  Serve the Mutton Nihari hot in bowls, garnished with chopped fresh coriander leaves and ginger slices. Accompany it with naan or rice and lemon wedges on the side for a tangy kick.

Mutton Nihari is a rich and aromatic slow-cooked meat stew that is traditionally enjoyed as a hearty breakfast or a special dish during festive occasions. The tender mutton pieces, infused with a blend of spices, create a flavorful and comforting dish that pairs perfectly with naan or rice.

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