For the meat lovers, Mutton Nihari Gosht is a treat to the taste buds. The warm and delightful spices makes a luxurious stew which is hard to resist. And with the winter coming soon, nothing can beat a lavish platter of Mutton Nihari served with delectable rice. With a gorgeous hue of the rich gravy and the heavenly taste, this dish is an eye-catcher at every dinner party.
Nihari is actually a Muslim dish which emerged during the times of the Mughals. With time, this recipe floated to different parts of the country and every region gave their own twist. The word Nihari breaks into the Arabic word “Nahar” which means morning. To get that similar taste of nawabs at your own kitchen, here is a recipe of the Mutton Nihari which will definitely be a treat to your tongue.
Mutton Nihari Recipe
• 1.5 lb. mutton bone-in cubes
• 1 ½ big red onion, very thinly sliced
• Grated ginger and garlic
• Mustard oil
• Vegetable oil
• 1 ½ teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon turmeric
• 2 green chili (Chopped)
• 1 tablespoon wheat flour
• 2 tablespoons water
To make the Nihari spice mix
• 3 dry red Kashmiri chili
• 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
• 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
• 1 teaspoon of coriander seeds
• 3 bay leaves
• 2 cinnamon bark
• 7 green cardamoms
• 1 teaspoon black pepper
• 1 black cardamom
• ½ teaspoon clove
Instructions To Make Mutton Nihari
🍽 Step 1 – Before starting with the cooking, make sure to make the spice mix first. Then take a pan and keep it on medium flame. Saute the spices on it for around 20 seconds. Later that keep it aside to cool down and grind it into a fine powder.
🍽 Step 2 – Next take a heavy bottom pan and place it on medium flame. After that pour mustard oil in and wait till it heats up. Drop around 3/4th of the sliced onion and sprinkle ½ teaspoon salt over it while stirring. For good 2 minutes to cook the onions and then add the grated ginger-garlic on it. Saute for around 3 minutes.
🍽 Step 3 – After saute, add the mutton cubes and sprinkle the spices mix over it. Toss it for good 1-2 minutes so that everything gets mixed. Later sprinkle around ½ teaspoon of salt and sugar after adding turmeric.
🍽 Step 4 – Cook the meat at a medium flame for around 5 minutes. Till this time, the spices will be well cooked and the oil can be seen separating. Add 4 cups of water and ½ teaspoon salt and stir the water at high flame. After this, reduce the flame and cover the pan to let the mutton cook at a simmer for 1 and ½ hours.
🍽 Step 5 – After this take wheat flour and dissolve it in half cup water and make sure there are no lumps. Keep moving the gravy and slowly add the mixture to the gravy. Stir the gravy well and simmer it for about 10-15 mins.
🍽 Step 6 – The last step is to sprinkle some lime juice over this and garnish it with ginger strips and fresh coriander.
Serve it hot to relish the heavenly taste of this traditional dish of the Nawabs.
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