Nihari is a rich beef stew that is reputed to turn vegans into carnivores. I also read that is is the national dish of Pakistan, but that has yet to be corroborated. “Nihari” comes from the arabic word, nihar, day, as it was traditionally eaten by kings in the morning after the Fajr sunrise prayer. They would then sleep until the afternoon, its richness putting them to sleep with content bellies.

Nihari, served with ginger and lemon

Nihari, served with ginger and lemon


  1. 3 lbs beef chuck
  2. 1/2 cup flour
  3. Onion garlic paste
  4. 1/2 cup oil


    1. 1 bay leaf
    2. 1 tbs cumin powder
    3. 2 tbs chili powder
    4. 1 tsp turmeric
    5. 1 tsp coriander powder
    6. Ginger & garlic (for ginger garlic paste)
    7. 5 cardamon pods
    8. 1 tsp ground cloves


    1. Heat oil up in a large pot
    2. Add beef chuck, ginger garlic paste, and salt, chili powder, turmeric, coriander powder
Ginger garlic paste prepared in my Oster mini food processor

Ginger garlic paste prepared in my Oster mini food processor

  1. In a cup, dissolve flour into hot water, mix and add to pot
  2. Bring ingredients to a boil
  3. Add bay leaf, cumin,  black seeds of 4 cardamon pods, cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander powder, ground cloves
  4. Add enough water to cover all meat
  5. Let meat tenderize (should take approximately 4 hours)


  1. Garish with slices of ginger and lemon
  2. Eat with traditional naan!



5 thoughts on “Nihari

  1. This looks delicious! Nihari is one thing that I’ve had the most trouble with… unfortunately I’ve been having to rely on Shan packets for Nihari 😦
    I’m bookmarking your recipe for the next time I decide to make it 😀

    • Thank you very much! Don’t be discouraged, the best dish takes a lot of practice to perfect! Hence my name (novice chef)… despite all my failures I never give up 🙂

      Thank you for bookmarking my recipe. Keep on the look out for additional posts!

  2. Maheen says:

    Oh my God. You made Nihari. Without a masala box, no less. That’s it. It’s official. You are THE CHEF. Not novice in my books. 😉

    Looks awesome. 🙂

  3. Pingback: The Fantastic Overnight Voyage of Beef Nihari | Side/Dishes

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