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Chicken Nihari

Chicken Nihari
Prep Time
10 Mins
Cook Time

1 Hour

4 - 6
Nihari is a mild flavor curry that has it own distinct taste. If you are chicken lover then follow this recipe and prepare mouthwatering chicken nihari. Serve with brown onion, green chili, lemon and hot naan.
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Source:  Shireen Anwar
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  • Chicken 1 kg (8 pieces)
  • Clarified butter 1 cup
  • Ginger garlic paste 2 tbsp
  • Salt 2 tsp
  • Chili powder 2 tsp
  • Wheat flour ¼ cup (dissolved in water)
  • Plain flour ¼ cup (dissolved in water)
  • Coriander leaves 2 tbsp (chopped)
  • Green chilies 2 (chopped)
  • Brown onion 2 tbsp
  • Lemon wedges to serve
  • For Nihari Masala:
  • Aniseeds 1 tbsp
  • White cumin 1 tsp
  • Anis star 1
  • Allspice 1 tsp
  • Ginger ½ tsp (dried)
  • Chili powder 3 tbsp

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Cooking Directions

  1. For Masala: Grind all together, fill in the bottle and store.

  2. For Nihari: Heat clarified butter then add ginger garlic paste, salt and chili powder, slightly fry.

  3. Add chicken and 4 tbsp of the prepared nihari masala, fry well.

  4. Add 5 cups of water when water boiling, add in the dissolve paste of both the flour.

  5. Keep stirring till one boil comes, lower flame and leave it on simmer till chicken tender and oil comes on top.

  6. Serve with coriander leaves, chopped green chilies, lemon, brown onion and nan.

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Comments posted by users for Chicken Nihari recipe:

  1. Itz really tasty,, thanks sheered aaya fr such wonderful recipe

    on Jun 19 2016 2:23PM Report Abuse MIDHAT
  2. The masala is excellent, but I made a few changes to the recipe. I used about 1/4 cup of coconut oil instead of the ghee, and boneless chicken breast cut into 2 cm cubes instead of whole pieces. I added some dry flour the the chicken as it cooked in the oil instead of making a paste. I also coarsely chopped 2 onions and added them along with the chicken. BTY The anise seed and star anise taste about the same so you can simply double one or the other. Also, allspice is a dried fruit about the size of a small pea or large peppercorn, originally from the Americas but now found world wide; very unique flavor.

    on Jan 23 2016 5:52PM Report Abuse DR JK LEGG
  3. wheat flour and plain flour... difference?

    on Dec 28 2014 6:55PM Report Abuse YUSUF
  4. Payal, If you use lamb meat then add 6 glass of water and cover cook for little more time till meat tenders. and the whole recipe will be same. thanks

    on Feb 8 2014 4:31PM Report Abuse KHANAPAKANA SUPPORT TEAM
  5. Can you substitute the chicken for lamb and is it cooked in the same way?

    on Feb 8 2014 12:58AM Report Abuse PAYAL
  6. I tried this recipe today, it turned out delicious, and Nitu i used only half cup butter :)

    on Feb 2 2014 6:05PM Report Abuse Guest

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