Chicken Nihari by Chef Zakir Recipe

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• 1 kg whole Chicken
• 2 Onions (slIced)
• 1 cup whole Wheat flour
• 3 tsbp Ginger, Garlic paste
• 2 tbsp sounf (Fennel seeds)
• 2 tbsp sonth (dry Ginger)
• 1 tbsp Garam masala powder
• 3 tbsp red chili powder
• 1 cup Ghee

How to make Chicken Nihari by Chef Zakir


1. Place sonf and sonth on mulmul cloth and tie this like a pouch.
2. Cut chicken in 8-10 pieces. Use chicken with bones.
3. Heat up ghee and fry onion, when softened, include chicken, increase flame and mix.
4. Cook till chicken color changed little bit. Place fennel seeds pouch in chicken and cook more till water of chicken dry.
5. In one cup of water include ginger, garlic paste, mix and add to chicken with salt; mix well.
6. When it starts boiling include red chili powder and cook well until water of ginger, garlic paste dry. Slower the flame.
7. The onion will mix in gravy then add water as much you want its broth. Ideally 2 glass of water.
8. Check salt at this point, cover and increase flame.
9. Mix lal aata in 1 cup of water, include paste in gravy slowly to thick it. Don't add all paste at once. It’s up to you how much thick gravy you want. Mix on high flame.
10. Mix garam masala in ¼ cup of water and include it in thick gravy, mix and cover.
11. Keep it on dum for 2-3 minutes (don’t cook after adding garam masala just keep on dum).
12. For an excellent result, turn off the flame after dum and leave it 3-4 hours (don’t uncover it).
13. Take out chicken and ghee which is on top from gravy.
14. Separately heat up gravy before serving.
15. Place chicken in a serving dish, pour hot gravy and ghee on top, garnish with ginger slice and serve.

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Types of Nihari Recipes:

Although we keep eating nihari once in a month or two but we always eat either beef nihari or sometimes a homemade chicken nihari. However there are many kinds of nihari that we are going to discuss here.

You would be amazed to know the types of nihari mentioned as follows:

Nalli Nihari Recipe
Nali nihari contains bone marrow within the serving bowl. It enhances the taste and that's why it is more expensive than ordinary nihari.

Delhi Nihari Recipe
Delhi nihari is the one made using Delhi style cooking. It is offered by some Delhi cuisine restaurants in Karachi.

Mutton Nihari Recipe
This is the nihari made with mutton meat.

Camel Nihari Recipe
The common nihari made with camel meat. This nihari is the most common nihari served commercially by most nihari vendors.

Beef Nihari Recipe
This is beef nihari made with cow meat.

Chicken Nihari Recipe
Chicken nihari is usually made at home. You can find out its recipe as presented above. Have it and enjoy with hot naan or chapati.

And see how to cook nihari recipe with beef or mutton step by step.

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Reviews & Comments (60)

Hina - New york Oct 07, 2018
Wonderful recipe, I have tried a lot of recipes from this website, a lot of them are very nice but this one compelled me to write a review, very nice flavor. Husband is a big nihari fan even though he is not Pakistani but he loved the flavor too...thanks for sharing.
Nishat - Quetta Aug 31, 2018
I used to watch chef Zakir on masala tv all the time when I was a little younger. I would watch my mom note all of the points down as he explained it. Now that I am a young adult, I can pretty much whip up a lot of recipes that I follow from online into the pot. Chicken nihari by chef Zakir is one of them.
hania shah - lahore Aug 27, 2018
Chicken nihari by chef zakir is one of the tastiest forms of nihari I have ever cooked and tasted myself. It is very refreshing and good.
Sameul - Karachi Jul 08, 2018
Chef Zakir has always managed to pull off traditional recipes with a little modern innovation. I have always followed his recipe. Chicken nihari by chef Zakir is something truly worth tasting.
neemra abbasi - karachi Mar 30, 2018
really yummy I love chicken nihari, it is a very tasty dish. I will now try this nihari recipe by chef Zakir. hope it will be tastier. I like its rich thick gravy, it is very tasty.


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The traditional Nihari recipe is made with shank meat of beef or lamb and mutton but nowadays innovations have been done with the dish and Chicken Nihari is also being made. Chicken Nihari recipe is made with chicken meat and it also has a very delicious taste. You can prepare it by following this mouthwatering Chicken Nihari Recipe for a perfect taste. When your Chicken Nihari Recipe is prepared, grab some hot Naans from the nearest tandoor wala and enjoy the dish with green chillies, ginger, brown onions and hot naans. It’s a popular dish consumed in Pakistan, Indian, and Bangladesh. It is a mild flavor curry that has its own distinct taste. Nihari has a fiery spicy stew consisting of slow-cooked mutton, beef, or chicken. The word Nihari originates from Arabic word nahaar which means early morning. The name Nihari was so given to the dish because it was originally enjoyed in the early morning.


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