Nalli Nihari

Nalli Nihari
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Nalli Nihari

Shireen Sequeira

Nalli Nihari

This whole dish was so melt-in-the-mouth and finger-licking good that we didn't need any side dish or accompaniment to the meal. I am also sure that we may have even overeaten if we didn't run out of parathas that day. By the way, this dish tastes just as fabulous with simple steamed rice. If you wish you can use ready made Nihari masala powder available in stores. However, I strongly believe that a freshly made blend will lend so much more aroma and flavor to your dish.

And please don't ask me if you can make this with chicken — it would be, in my opinion, sacrilege! 

Directions

For the Nihari masala powder

Toast all of the ingredients in a pan over low heat until fragrant. Let cool and grind it to a fine powder using a coffee grinder.

For the stew

In a large, heavy bottomed pan, heat the ghee over medium heat and fry the onions until they are well browned. Remove from the pan and set aside.

To the same pan, add the lamb and fry over high heat along with half of the Nihari masala powder until the meat becomes nice and brown. Add half of the fried onions, season with salt, to taste, and add 4 cups of the water. Cook until the meat is tender, about 45 minutes.

Add the lamb stock, remaining Nihari masala, and fried onions. In a bowl, make a thick paste of wheat flour with the remaining water (make sure there are no lumps) and add this to the lamb. Continue to simmer until the gravy thickens. Then, add the lemon juice and garnish with the ginger strips and cilantro and serve hot. 

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

783 kcal

Daily value:

39%

Servings:

4
  • Carbohydrate, by difference 33 g
  • Protein 83 g
  • Total lipid (fat) 35 g
  • Vitamin A, IU 1091 IU
  • Vitamin A, RAE 327 µg
  • Vitamin B-12 3 µg
  • Vitamin B-6 2 mg
  • Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 9 mg
  • Vitamin D 3 IU
  • Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 2 mg
  • Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 7 µg
  • Alanine 4 g
  • Arginine 5 g
  • Ash 5 g
  • Aspartic acid 5 g
  • Calcium, Ca 211 mg
  • Cholesterol 273 mg
  • Choline, total 24 mg
  • Copper, Cu 1 mg
  • Cryptoxanthin, beta 2 µg
  • Cystine 1 g
  • Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 12 g
  • Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 6 g
  • Fatty acids, total saturated 10 g
  • Fiber, total dietary 6 g
  • Folate, DFE 171 µg
  • Folate, food 41 µg
  • Folate, total 119 µg
  • Folic acid 79 µg
  • Glutamic acid 12 g
  • Glycine 4 g
  • Histidine 2 g
  • Iron, Fe 16 mg
  • Isoleucine 4 g
  • Leucine 6 g
  • Lysine 7 g
  • Magnesium, Mg 174 mg
  • Manganese, Mn 1 mg
  • Methionine 2 g
  • Niacin 29 mg
  • Pantothenic acid 4 mg
  • Phenylalanine 3 g
  • Phosphorus, P 807 mg
  • Potassium, K 1168 mg
  • Proline 3 g
  • Retinol 327 µg
  • Riboflavin 1 mg
  • Selenium, Se 52 µg
  • Serine 3 g
  • Sodium, Na 613 mg
  • Starch 24 g
  • Sucrose 1 g
  • Sugars, total 2 g
  • Thiamin 1 mg
  • Threonine 3 g
  • Tocopherol, gamma 2 mg
  • Tryptophan 1 g
  • Tyrosine 3 g
  • Valine 4 g
  • Water 445 g
  • Zinc, Zn 11 mg
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