The beef Nalli nihari recipe is a historical dish that traces back to the 18th century. This slow cooker shank stew takes 6 to 8 hours to cook. People, specially nawabs of the subcontinent, used to cook it the whole night for early morning breakfast

what is nihari meaning?

The word nihari comes from the Arabic word “NAHAR”, which means daytime. Word nihari meaning meal of the morning. This healthy, protein-rich breakfast gives continuous energy the whole day. Rich Muslim nawabs of the Mughal empire in the subcontinent mainly, old Dehli and Lakhnow eat in the early morning after Fajr prayers.

beef nihari recipe
Beef nihari recipe

Pakistani nihari recipe

After partition, Muslim chefs came to Pakistan, where they started their restaurants. Nihari is famous among many cities like Lahore and Karachi, even after 70 years. Old restaurants have an intriguing tradition of mixing one-day-old portions of nihari in newly cooked nihari. In their opinion, this gives more taste. They call this portion “taar”.

Famous places of Karachi and Lahore for Beef Nihari:

Karachi is famous for the best Nihari restaurants. In Karachi, many prominent restaurants prepare and serve traditional nihari. These places include Malik’s Nihari at Burns Road, Zahid in Saddar, nihari of drig colony, Javaid Nihari of Dastgir road. Sabri nihari at MA Jinnah road is famous for its savour and flavour. Restaurant with a good ambience is Shaikh Abdul Ghaffar Kabab House at Dehli Merchantile Society and Port Grand Karachi.

Lahories love food. There are many restaurants famous for Nihari. In Lahore, Waris Nehari at Anarkali is well known for its taste and affordability. Monal Lahore at liberty roundabout famous for quality buffet food. They serve Beef Nihari in a good ambience. Chit chat at jail road has the slogan of “mere des ka fast food”. They serve nihari and other street food in a healthy and hygienic environment.
Beef nihari is one of the most demanding breakfasts in Lahore.

There are many small shops and stalls at different places of Lahore sell beef nihari at affordable price.

Servings and variations of beef nihari recipe:

Most of the people like beef nihari with bone marrow (nalli) called nalli nihari and beef brain (maghaz) called maghaz nihari. Mutton nihari has mutton and chicken nihari has chicken meat in it. Chicken nihari is mostly popular among people with who avoid fatty foods. It is usually served with rogni naan and roti.

What type of meat is best for beef nihari recipe?

We prepare nihari with bong ka gosht or bong meat(shank meat) and some spices untill meat gets tender.

What is bong or bong meat?

Shank meat or bong meat

Bong meat is part of the meat of cow or beef from leg portion called shank meat. This meat is soft, juicy and more flavourfull, it takes a little longer time to get tender. In South Asian cooking bong meat is preferable with meals that require little longer time or slow cooking like Nihari or Paya recipes.

Ingredients and Instructions for beef nalli nihari recipe :

Here I am sharing a quick and no-fail recipe for this fabulous national food of Pakistan “nalli nihari“. Let’s cook beef Nalli nihari at home with same great taste and flavour for that many restaurants are famous.

beef nihari recipe
Print Pin
5 from 2 votes

beef nalli nihari recipe

beef nalli nihari is one of the famous and histoic dishes of Pakistan. It is cooked with beef shank meat, bone and bone marrow and other indian dry spices that can be called Nihari powder
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Pakistani
Keyword beef, beef nihari, nihari, nihari recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 6
Calories 250kcal
Author admin


  • pressure cooker
  • Blender
  • Sause pan
  • Ladle


Ingredients for nihari masala powder

  • 1 Inch Cinnamon stick Whole
  • 4 Black Cardamom Whole
  • 2 inch nutmeg Whole
  • piece mace Whole
  • ½ tsp Cloves Whole
  • 5-7 bay leaves Whole
  • 4 black pepper long Whole
  • 2 Tsp black peppercorns Whole
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds Whole
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds powder
  • 1 tsp ginger powder powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder powder
  • ½ tsp Paprika powder powder
  • 1 tbsp Coriander powder powder

Ingredients for gravey

  • ½ kg beef bones with bone marrow
  • 1 kg beef shank meat
  • 4 tbsp nihari masala
  • 200 ml oil
  • 2 portion onion medium
  • 2 portion green chili
  • 2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 lit water

water 1 cup+wheat flour ½cup as thickner


    • Dry roast nihari power whole ingredients in a saucepan and stir for 5 min on low flam. Grind them in grinder, in this powder form add other powder ingredients and mix. Set aside.
      preparation of nihari powder
    • Take oil in pressure cooker and add chopped onion, saute it for 5 min untill onion get translucent, then add ginger garlic green chilli paste, saute for another 7 min. When mixture get brown colour add freshly prepared nihari powder.
    • Now add meaat and bones and roast for 5-10 minutes. Add little water if mixture get too dry.
      addition of bones and shank to gravey masala
    • now add water and closw the pressure cooker lid for 1 hour with pressure on(please follow the safety instructions of using preesure cooker). After 1 hour turnoff the flame and release pressure cooke and check if the meat gets tender enough and there should be at least one litter of water left.
      Cooking in pressure cooker-1
    • .Remove extra fats and put it aside for saving later.
      separation of extra fat
    • Make mixture of water and wheat flour and till all lumps mix.
      preparation of gravey thickener 1
    • Add this mixture to gravey and let it cook for 30 min on low flame, keep stairing otherwise it will get lumpy
      addition of thickener to gravey
    • After 30 the beef Nihari is ready garnish it with chopped green chillie in jullin cuttings of ginger and lemon. serve hot with roghani naan.
      serving suggestions nihari


    If you like this article, then please subscribe to our YouTube Channel for more video recipes. You can also find us on Twitter and Facebook.


    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    Recipe Rating