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! 


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. 


Calories per serving:

1,818 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Sugar Conscious, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 187g 287%
  • Carbs 14g 5%
  • Saturated 96g 482%
  • Fiber 3g 12%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 4g
  • Monounsaturated 75g
  • Polyunsaturated 8g
  • Protein 21g 41%
  • Cholesterol 221mg 74%
  • Sodium 812mg 34%
  • Calcium 130mg 13%
  • Magnesium 57mg 14%
  • Potassium 699mg 20%
  • Iron 4mg 21%
  • Zinc 3mg 23%
  • Phosphorus 275mg 39%
  • Vitamin A 87µg 10%
  • Vitamin C 6mg 11%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 18%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 25%
  • Niacin (B3) 6mg 30%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 23%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 23µg 6%
  • Vitamin B12 3µg 45%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 0mg 2%
  • Vitamin K 3µg 4%
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