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:
- 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.
- Add minced garlic and grated ginger to the pan. Sauté for a minute until aromatic.
- Add mutton pieces to the pan and cook until they are browned on all sides. Stir occasionally to ensure even cooking.
- In a small bowl, mix wheat flour with a little water to make a smooth paste. Set it aside.
- 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.
- Pour water into the pan, making sure the meat is completely submerged. Add salt to taste. Bring the mixture to a boil.
- 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.
- 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.
- Once the mutton is cooked and the gravy has thickened to your liking, turn off the heat.
- 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.