Lamb Shank Nihari - Mutton Meat Stew - Kravings

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May. 27, 2019

Nihari has long been a favourite in my household. I didnt grow up eating it, but my husband did and I decided to learn how to make it. Of course like many popular recipes, each family has their own way of preparing Nihari. Traditionally this is slow cooked overnight and in the olden days the women of the household would take turns to stir the pot overnight.
My first try was a Pakistani recipe that was translated for me by my friend Lubna. Since then, Ive eaten Nihari several times both here in Toronto and in India and have tried both the Pakistani and Indian versions.


For nihari masala:
Fennel seeds 1 Tablespoon
Cumin seeds 1 Tablespoon
Coriander seeds 1 Tablespoon
Peppercorns 1 Tablespoon
Bay leaves 2
Green cardamoms 6
Black cardamoms 2
Ginger sticks 2 Inch
Mace flower 1
Star anise 2
Cloves 10
Red chilli powder 1 Tablespoon
Turmeric 1/2 Tablespoon
For lamb shanks:
Oil 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)
Ginger garlic paste 4 Tablespoon
Lamb shanks 3 (about 3 lbs, approx 1.3 kg)
Salt 1 Teaspoon
Water 2 Liter (plus extra for mixing all purpose flour)
All purpose flour 2 Tablespoon
For tadka:
Ghee 1 Tablespoon
Cumin seeds 1 Teaspoon
Black sesame seeds 1 Teaspoon
Dried red chillies 4
Garnishes 1/2 Cup (8 tbs) (Julienne of Ginger & Garlic, Lime & Lemon wedges, Sliced green Chillies, Fried Onions, coriander)



1. Prepare the Nihari masala by grinding all the spices together.


2. Heat some oil and saute the ginger and garlic.

3. Add the shanks and all the ground nihari masala and salt.

4. Add a little water if it starts to burn.

5. Coat the shanks in the spices and add the rest of the water, cover and slow cook for 2.5 - 3 hours.

6. Remove the shanks make a flour slurry and thicken the gravy.

7. Prepare the tadka by heating some ghee and saute the cumin and sesame seeds.

8. Add the dried chillies and pour the tadka over the nihari - this is totally optional and not done in many nihari recipes.


9. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 200 Minutes
Ready In: 200 Minutes
Servings: 4