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Gosht Nihari

Gosht Nihari, a gift of Awadhs to Delhi cuisine. A hearty meal is the gosht nihari, a fantastic blend of meat with aromatic spices. There are other Pakistani versions which are equally succulent. Also the nihari was traditionally made with beef, and the bones which gave the body to the gravy, although times have changed but still the Nihari rules!!
  Mutton 1 Kilogram
  Refined oil 2 Tablespoon
  Green cardamom 4
  Whole cinnamon 1 Teaspoon
  Black cardamoms 2
  Bay leaves 3
  Turmeric powder 1 Teaspoon
  Water 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Ginger garlic paste 1 Teaspoon
  Coriander powder 1 Teaspoon
  Red chilli powder 1 Teaspoon
  Garlic 1 Teaspoon, fried and ground
  Onions 1 Teaspoon, fried and ground
  Yoghurt 3 Tablespoon, beaten
  Rose water 2 Teaspoon
  Garam masala 2 Teaspoon
  Nutmeg cardamom powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Saffron 1⁄2 Teaspoon, soaked in water
  Salt To Taste
  Ittar 3 Drop
  Wheat flour dough 1 Cup (16 tbs) (for dum)
  Fresh coriander 2 (to garnish)
  Julienned ginger 1 Tablespoon (to garnish)

1. Heat oil in a pan and add green cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, black cardamom and bay leaves.
2. Add the meat and sauté till lightly fried. Now add salt and turmeric and mix well. Pour in the water, cover the pan and cook.
3. When it starts boiling, add ginger- garlic paste, coriander powder, red chilli, garlic paste and onion paste.
4. Mix well and add yoghurt, rose water, garam masala, nutmeg and cinnamon powder and saffron.
Again, cover and cook for 2-3 minutes.

5. Now transfer the meat in a heavy bottom pan and strain the gravy. Add few drops of ittar and cover the pan.
6. Seal it with the wheat dough and cook on slow fire for about 90 minutes.

7. Garnish with fresh coriander, ginger juliennes and serve hot with tandoori rotis.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Bit Difficult
Main Dish
Meaty, Rich
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
90 Minutes
Ready In: 
105 Minutes
Gosht Nihari is surely something I would die for. In winter evenings, near the areas of old walled Delhi you can easily get a bowl of Nihari with Indian breads. Since nihari is available during early mornings, and evenings only, it makes the nihari exclusive. Also something which I would prefer in the winters as the spices heat you up and during summers, which would cause gastric problems. Despite of all cautions, Gosht Nihari is something worth to br flirted with.

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Nita.Nair's picture
The name itself depicts its class.
Rashmi.vilas's picture
My hubby is fond of this scrumptious gosht nihari...thanks for sharing this recipe now can prepare and pamper....
Anonymous's picture
remember the taste of Awadhi food from growing up in Delhi... it's beyond words
sudipa_foodlover's picture
Will it taste good ..the very first time I prepare? Seems a bit difficult.
oatmeal's picture
The richness of Awadh is truly depicted here!
indianfoodlover's picture
Would Nihari taste as good if I used less fat while cooking? Can I use lamb for this recipe?
sweet lover's picture
Beautiful blend of exotic asian spices!
Anonymous's picture
I love this dish.......the lamb flavors blended with Indian spices.....haven't tried the north indian version......but the Hyderabadi Style nihari was awesome.......
Meghna Mathur's picture
I can do anything to have this dish:) Its so delicious
Anonymous's picture
Awadhi food rocks!
epicure's picture
Nihari is a delicious dish....a superb invention...just cant stop looking away and admiring this red oily and spicy meat curry!
delicious.bites's picture
a tasty and flavorful meat preparation!
sumer raheja's picture
this meaty dish is so tempting
barbecue's picture
oh what a pampering delight!
Anonymous's picture
I am going to make this coming weekend for my family get together !
yummyyum's picture
Reading this article makes me desperate for this recipe...sad that I cannot go to Delhi and have it immediately...I will make this at home today...
thot4food's picture
Nihari has been described as a food for the working class during the Mughal Era.
anonymous's picture
yummy ... tender meat is a delicacy...
Anonymous's picture
Cant wait to try this...
Gossip.Goddess's picture
I am salivating now!
colorfulcandies's picture
will definitely try making gosht nihari recipe at home
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