This dish is quite popular in India and Pakistan. It is spicy , aromatic , melting in mouth Mughlai recipe which all chicken lovers crave for. I have used the Nihari Masala along with some other spices from my kitchen. Although the packet says to add one full of it into 1 Kg of chicken, I found quite much chilli in there for my taste buds when I tried it last time ,so this time I have just added 2 tbsp of it for flavor and aroma and I haven’t tried making my own nihari masala yet . Next time may be 🙂
Ingredients you will need:
Chicken with bones 500 gms
Oil for cooking – half cup.
Salt – 1 teaspoon
Pepper -1/2 teaspoon
Turmeric powder-1 teaspoon
coriander powder-1 teaspoon
Chilli powder 1 teaspoon
Onion-1 medium size sliced
Ginger and garlic paste ( 2 tbsp)
clarified butter ( ghee ): 1 tablespoon
Shan Nihari Masala- 2 tablespoons
wheat Flour -3 tablespoon
for garnishing- One green chilli ,ginger julienne cut, chopped Coriander,lemon wedges, fried onions
Preparation time : 15 minutes Cooking time : 3 hours
Serves 2-3 people
Put oil and ghee in the cooking pot on medium flame , add in the sliced onions and fry them till light golden brown.
Add in ginger garlic paste and fry for a minute.
Add chicken pieces to the pot and fry for another few minutes.
Start adding spices : salt, pepper, chilli powder,turmeric,coriander powder and nihari mix .Saute for some time till you see oil separates from gravy.
Add about 4-5 cups of water in it , cover the lid and keep it on low flame for about 2 hours. ( You can check it between and stir the mix after every half an hour )
Check if chicken is tender enough , You have to cook it till the chicken flesh start separating from the bones .
Roast the normal wheat flour till golden brown in a pan and mix with one cup of water and add to the nihari pot and stir well till liquid starts thickening.
Cover and cook for another 15 minutes . check for the salt and add if necessary. ( There is salt already in the Nihari mix as well so check before adding salt ) .
Turn off the flame , Garnish with chopped coriander, chillies ,ginger and lemon and some fried onions . Your chicken Nihari is ready , you can enjoy it with steamed rice or naan.
The dish is also cooked with beef and mutton but they takes way more time around 6-7 hours since it is slowly cooked on low flame.