Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Chicken Nihari ( Pakistani Stew )


Chicken Nihari ( Pakistani Stew ) ... Nihari is a famous South Asian meat stew, specially popular in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. This slow-cooked meat dish is usually made with beef or mutton, but it tastes just as delicious with chicken.


Chicken Nihari ( Pakistani Stew )
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Serves : 6


Ingredients :
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 3 tbsp.  fennel seeds ( sounf )
  • 1 tsp.  black cumin seeds ( kala zeera )
  • 2 - 3 star anise ( badyan ka phool )
  • 2 green cardamoms, seeds only
  • 1/2 kg.  chicken ( with bones )
  • 1 tbsp.  ginger garlic paste
  • 3 green cardamom
  • 2 black cardamom
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 - 4 cloves
  • 5 - 6 whole black pepper
  • Pinch of nigella seeds ( kalonji )
  • Pinch of carom seeds ( ajwaiin )
  • 1 1/2 to 2 tbsp.  red chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp.  coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp.  turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Water ( about 2 1/2 cups )
  • 2 to 3 tbsp.  cornflour or whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp.  garam masala powder
  • 1/8 tsp.  nutmeg and mace powder
  • 2 -3 green chillies, chopped
  • Ginger, sliced
  • Lemon slices
Method :
  • Heat oil in a heavy base pan. Add sliced onion and fry until light brown. Remove from oil and drain on paper towel.
  • Blend the fried onions with yogurt to a smooth paste. Keep aside.
  • Combine fennel seeds, black cumin seeds, star anise and green cardamoms in a grinder and grind to a fine powder.
  • Add chicken, ginger garlic paste, green & black cardamoms, cinnamon stick, cloves and black pepper to the oil in the pan. Stir-fry for few minutes until the chicken changes its color.
  • Add nigella seeds, carom seeds, red chilli, coriander powder & turmeric with little water. Stir-fry for a minute until the oil separates ( taking care not to burn it ) .
  • Add ground fennel seed mixture and onion yogurt paste, mix well.   
  • Add water, bring to a boil. Lower the heat to medium-low and cook covered until the chicken is cooked and a thin gravy ( about 2 cups of water ) is left.
  • Dissolve cornflour in little water, add to the pan; stirring continuously until it starts to thicken.
  • Add garam masala powder and nutmeg and mace powder. Cook, covered on low flame for about 5 to 10 minutes until the gravy is slightly thick and the oil comes out.
  • Transfer to a serving dish. Garnish with green chillies, sliced ginger and lemon.
  • Serve hot with tandoori roti or Naan.
Note :
  • Use chicken stock instead of water for more rich flavor.
Recipe Source : adapted from a TV cooking show


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Thank you for stopping by. Hope you enjoy the recipe!!!

39 comments :

  1. Perfect for Tandoori , naan , paratta

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  2. Omg, who can resist to this stew, quite inviting and makes me hungry..

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  3. looks absolutely yummilicious... :)

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  4. With all the spices you have added Ambreen this stew must be very aromatic!

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    1. Thank you Rumana, Jaleela, Priya, Rafeeda & Kateina :)

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  5. oh my goodness Ambreen! You have reallllly made me happy today :) I've been searching for a Nihari recipe that doesn't use Shan Masala! Can this be made with beef instead of chicken?

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    1. Henna, sounds like I just read your mind. Sure, you can make it with beef. Add 4 to 6 cups water for that :)

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  6. wow, I had nihari when I was in india, now I am vegetarian but still have that taste in my tongue and looking at this bowl bring back all the sweet memories. absolutely delicious.

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  7. Me gusta mucho el preparado del pollo sabroso y lindo color,abrazos.

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  8. Your dishes are spot on, and thank you......

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  9. looks simply yummy and mouthwatering.

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  10. Look @ all those flavours! Must be delicious. Gotta try this. Thanks, Ambreen. xo

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  11. Ambreen,the chicken curry looks awesome I am sure the fresh spices instead of packed powders make all the difference.yumm.

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  12. Looks incredible! I'm definitely adding this onto my meal planner :)

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  13. What a delicious looking soup, so bursting with flavour :D

    Cheers
    CCU

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    Siga-me e pegue o meu selinho!!!

    Obrigada.

    Beijos Marie.

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    1. Thank you Marie for the visit & follow. I'll check out yours & follow :)

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  15. Simply delicious and lovely looking preparation.
    Deepa

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  16. Thank you so very much everyone for your sweet comments :)

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  17. Oh, goodness, this sounds perfect for fall!

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  18. This looks so delicious. I cannot wait to make this and have leftovers!

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  19. I've never heard of this before but I love the sound of it.

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  20. Olá amiga,vim retribuir sua carinhosa visita ao meu cantinho.
    Fiquei feliz por seguir-me!!!
    Obrigada,volte sempre e pegue o meu selinho de agradecimento!

    Beijos Marie.

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  21. Your chicken stew looks delicious and comforting. What a perfect dish for Fall. :)

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    I'm looking forward you visiting http://coccolatime.wordpress.com

    Ciao
    Coccola Time

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    1. Welcome Coccola Time! Thank you for visiting, I'll check surely out yours :)

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  23. I can almost smell this awesome stew and all the wonderful flavors. Hope you are having a fantastic weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

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  24. I made this tonight and it was awesome! I had to modify a bit because I was missing some spices (black cardamom, star anise), yet it was still divine! This is one of your many recipes I have made for my Pakistani husband, and we both love the dishes!

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  25. I made it this evening and it was fantastic! I had to modify a bit as I was missing some spices (black cardamom, star anise) but it still turned out divine. I took your advice to use chicken stock and it certainly gave the dish more depth of flavor. I've made quite a few dishes from your site and neither myself nor my Pakistani husband have been disappointed. Thank you!!!

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    1. Thank you Denise! So delighted to hear that you've tried some of my recipes and liked them. It's really kind of you to give positive feedback :)

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Ambreen (Simply Sweet n Savory)

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