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Homemade Chicken Nihari Recipe

Homemade Chicken Nihari
How to make Chicken Nihari

Chicken Nihari is basically a stew dish made from succulent chicken pieces dipped into a spicy and fiery gravy made with a pool of aromatic spices, curd and slow cooked to the perfection.

  • Total Cook Time 45 mins
  • Prep Time 20 mins
  • Cook Time 25 mins
  • Recipe Servings2
  • Medium

Ingredients of Homemade Chicken Nihari

  • 500 gms Chicken
  • 1/2 cup Yogurt
  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • 4 Cloves
  • 1/2 inch Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 and a half tsp Fennel Seeds
  • 1 tsp Cumins Seeds
  • 3-4 Green Cardamom
  • 1 Black Cardamom
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder
  • to taste Salt
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 2 Chopped Onion
  • 3-4 Green Chillies
  • 1 tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste

How to Make Homemade Chicken Nihari

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For Nihari Masala

Roast all the whole spices like cardamom, cinnamon, cumin seeds and fennel seeds. Once done, add ground spices like red chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt.
Grind them together and sieve.

For Gravy

Heat ghee/oil in a pan, add onion and fry until translucent.
Once done, add chicken pieces, nihari masala, green chillies and ginger garlic paste into the pan.
Mix everything well and cook on high heat for about 3-4 minutes.
Next step is to add 1 cup water, cover the lid and cook the chicken again for about 10-15 minutes or until chicken changes the colour on low-medium heat.
Meanwhile, roast wheat flour in another pan for 5-6 minutes and then transfer into a bowl. Mix water into the bowl and make a smooth paste.
The last step is to add yogurt and wheat flour paste into the chicken curry vessel, wait and keep cooking till the chicken absorbs all the flavours.
Your homemade chicken Nihari is ready to savour! Pair it up with khameeri roti or naan and enjoy!
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