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Chicken Nihari

Chicken Nihari
Prep Time
15 Mins
Cook Time

1 Hour

6 - 8
The spicy and nicely flavored gravy of nihari is simply irresistible, but high in cholesterol and a threat to heart patients. Shireen Anwar has shared with us a recipe of Chicken Nihari so that every one can enjoy the spice and taste of nihari.
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  • Chicken 1, ½ kg
  • Clarified butter 1 cup heaped
  • Water 8 cups
  • All purpose flour ½ cup
  • Wheat flour ½ cup
  • Ginger garlic paste 1 tbsp heaped
  • Salt 2 tsp
  • Nihari spice 3 tbsp heaped
  • Chili powder 3 tsp heaped
  • For Nihari Spice:
  • Cinnamon sticks 6 pieces
  • Black cardamom 6
  • Green cardamom 12
  • Black pepper ½ cup
  • Fennel seeds ½ cup
  • Chickpea ½ cup (roasted)
  • Poppy seeds ½ cup
  • Kachri spice 2 tbsp
  • Cloves 2 tbsp
  • Mace 2 tbsp
  • Dry ginger powder 2 tbsp
  • Chili powder 4 tbsp

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Cooking Directions

  1. For Nihari Spice: Finely grind together cinnamon sticks, cardamoms, green cardamoms, black pepper, fennel seeds, roasted gram, poppy seeds, kachri spice, cloves, mace, dry ginger powder and chili powder.

  2. Put in an air tight jar and use as required.

  3. For Nihari: Heat clarified b utter, add ginger garlic paste with chicken, saute for a few minutes.

  4. Now add chili powder, salt and Nihari spice, add a well adding little water and cook well.

  5. Add 8 cups hot water, cover and cook for 30 minutes.

  6. Sift flour and wheat flour together and mix in a little water to make smooth flowing batter.

  7. Gradually add to the chicken mixture while stirring continuously.

  8. Cover and let it cook on low flame for 15 minutes till butter surfaces on top.

  9. Serve with finely sliced ginger, green chilies, chopped coriander leaves, lemon wedges and Tandoori Naan.

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Comments posted by users for Chicken Nihari recipe:

  1. I don't understand why using chili powder twice.

    on Jul 6 2015 1:36PM Report Abuse HASAN SYED
  2. Love this recipe

    on Jan 1 2015 2:17AM Report Abuse HUMERA GUJRATI
  3. Jibran, Kachri Spice is a type of meat tenderizer and we can substitute it with raw papaya.

    on Jul 17 2012 9:59AM Report Abuse KP SUPPORT TEAM
  4. can u pls tell me what is kachri spice?

    on Jul 16 2012 11:29AM Report Abuse JIBRAN
  5. Can you please tell me what is kachri spice?. Because of it I haven't tried it out as yet although the 'feel' of the recipe is good.

    on Mar 12 2012 5:55AM Report Abuse ZAR
  6. Bohat ALA ALA ji ALA. pata nahi mujhy kab khany ko mely gi. garam garam naan tey chicken nihari. wah bhi maza gaya.

    on Oct 12 2011 6:25AM Report Abuse RAHIL

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