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Beef nalli Nihari Recipe: Historic Recipe of Southasia

Beef nalli nihari recipeis a historic dish which traces back to 18th century. This slow cooker shank stew take 6 to 8 hours to cook. People specifically nwabs of subcontinent use to cook it whole night for early morning breakfast.

what is nihari meaning?

The word nihari comes from the Arabic word “NAHAR” that means day time. Word nihari meaning meal of morning. This healthy protein rich breakfast give continuous energy the whole day. Rich muslim nawabs of Mughal empire in subcontinent especially old Dehli and lakhnow eat in early morning after Fajr payers.

beef nihari recipe
Beef nihari recipe

Pakistani nihari recipe

After partition in 1947 many Muslim cooks came to Pakistan and here they started their restaurants. Nihari is famous among many cities especially Lahore and Karachi even after 70 years. Old restaurants have an interesting tradition of mixing one-day-old portion of nihari in newly cooked nihari. In their opinion, this gives more taste. They use to call this portion “taar”.

Famous places of Karachi and Lahore for Beef Nihari:

Karachi is especially famous for best Nihari restaurants. In Karachi, there are many famous places that prepare and serve traditional nihari. These places includes Malik’s Nihari at Burns Road, Zahid in Saddar, nihari of drig colony. Javaid Nihari of Dastgir road is best Nihari in Karachi. Sabri nihari at MA Jinnah road is famous for its savour and flavour. If you want a place with good ambience you must go to Shaikh Abdul Ghaffar Kabab House. This kabab house is located at Dehli Merchantile Society and Port Grand.

Lahories love food, there are many restaurants famous for Nihari. In Lahore Waris Nehari at Anarkali is famous for its taste and affordability. Monal Lahore at liberty roundabout famous for quality buffet food. they serve Beef Nihari in good ambience. Chit chat at 4 jail road have 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 most demanding breakfast in the city. 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 if the people like beef nihar with bone marrow (nalli) called nalli nihari and beef brain (maghaz) called maghaz nihari. But mutton nihari made with mutton and chicken nihari made with chicken meat is also popular specially people with who avoid fatty food. 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). But you can use any other part of beef that you prefer. For making maghaz nihari we use bong and bones and then serve it with fried beef brain or maghaz. For making nali nihari we use bones with bone marrow along with bong.

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. It is also called shank meat. This meat is soft and juicy and takes a longer time to get tender but when it is done it gives juicy and tasty flavour. In South Asian cooking bong meat is used with meals that cook little longer 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 nali nihari. Let’s cook beef Nalli nihari at home with same great taste and flavour for that many restaurants are famous.

beef nihari recipe

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
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 45 mins
Total Time 2 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Pakistani
Servings 6
Calories 250 kcal


  • 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


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