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Mutton Nihari Recipe

Updated on June 21, 2011

Nihari is a popular curry dish in Pakistan. Mutton is marinated with chilli powder, nutmeg, cardamom, coriander powder, garam masala and cook on low heat for about 4 hours. Garnish nihari with fresh coriander leaves, onions and ginger. You can serve hot with chappati, paratha, and rice.

Mutton Nihari Recipe
Mutton Nihari Recipe


  •  Mutton - 1 kg
  •  All purpose flour (Maida) - 2 tablespoons dissolved in 1/4 cup of water
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cinnamon stick - 1
  • Bay leaves - 2
  • Cardamom - 2
  • Cloves - 8
  • Garam masala - 2 tablespoons
  • Ginger garlic paste - 2 tablespoons
  • Chilli powder- 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 1 tsp
  • Yogurt - 3 tablespoons
  • Ghee or cooking oil - 1/2 cup
  • Nutmeg - Few pinches

Spice masala:

Make it as a powder

  • Fennel seeds - 2 tablespoons
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorn
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seed

Ingredients For Garnishing:

  • 1 Onion fried to brown
  • 2 Green chillies chopped
  • 2 Ginger strips sliced
  • 3 tablespoons coriander leaves chopped

How to make Mutton Nihari

Clean the mutton and cut into medium pieces. Heat oil in a pan and add bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon stick and ginger garlic paste. Add the mutton and fry for 2 to 3 minutes. Now add red chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, yogurt, garam masala and fry until the oil separates. Add the nutmeg, cardamom, spice masala and 3 cups of water and cook on low heat for 3 to 4 hours. Finally, add the flour and cook for about 10 minutes. Garnish with coriander leaves, ginger, onions and green chillies. You can serve mutton nihari with chappati, naan or rice. Mutton Nihari is a delicious pakistani dish served to please guests. Hope you find this mouth watering Mutton Nihari recipe useful and do not forget to post how it turned out in the comments section given below. Pakistani food recipes are absolutely amazing especially the dishes with mutton as the main ingredient.


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      aamna khalid 2 years ago

      Good recipe

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      deepak dubey 5 years ago

      Shukriya for the racipe of this awesome dish MUTTON NIHARI

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      praveen 5 years ago

      Very good recipe

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      Sanjaana 6 years ago

      An amazing dish! The whole family loved it. Thank-You for sharing it with us!

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      maha sundhu 6 years ago

      was an awesome recipe......really a mouth waterind mutton nihari..