Chicken Nihari by Chef Zakir Recipe

Get a delicious chicken nihari recipe by Chef Zakir and enjoy the traditional taste of Pakistan. You had tasted mutton and beef nihari before so have a hot nihari with chicken today.

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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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Reviews & Comments (51)

Tooba - Rawalpindi Nov 12, 2017
Wow nihari , can be made at home? wow....its very yummy i always like nihari and when we visit Karachi to our cousins' home, they take us to nihari restaurants especially the one i remember is Javed nihari. So I remembered it's taste. I am very happy to know and will make javed nihari myself.
Samina - Hyderabad Nov 05, 2017
Nihari is my favorite dish, whether it is summer or winter, I love eating nihari. Some people avoid nihari in summers but I eat because I am bit addicted to it. I would love to eat this homemade nihari as well by chef zakir.
Ammara - Gujranwala Oct 29, 2017
Nowadays making nihari is very easy to make so I will recommend readers here to make nihari as well. It is easy now. You can even make it with this recipe, and moreover if you want more ease, you can make it with a ready made nihari masala.
Beena - Wah Cantt. Oct 23, 2017
Chef zakir's recipes are best in taste that is why I prefer cooking foods with the help of his recipes. Chicken nihari is the best option to cook for lunch with family. Thanks for sharing your recipe.
Amna - Sialkot Oct 16, 2017
nihari is the great option to enjoy a delicious meal at home. Nihari is made with beef, chicken and sometimes mutton however i like with chicken because it is a bit lighter than other meat nihari. I will try your chicken nihari myself and hope it is a nice thing to enjoy.


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