Nalli Nihari Recipe - Melt in the mouth mutton curry cooked with a special flavourful masala

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Main Ingredients : Lamb leg pieces (nalli)(नल्ली ), Ghee(घी)

Cuisine : Hyderabadi

Course : Main Course_Mutton

Nalli Nihari

Hyderabad’s 400-year-old culinary history, like its culture, is unmatched by any other state in India.  Of all the Muslim cuisines, Hyderabadi is the only one in the sub-continent that can boast of a major vegetarian section. This has much to do with the local influences. Considering that the elite of the erstwhile Hyderabad state came from the north of India and was almost entirely Muslim, this is a little surprising. The nation’s vegetarians, of course, stand to gain by it.
Some of the salient features of Hyderabadi food are the key flavours of coconut, tamarind, peanuts and sesame seeds. The main spice is chilli, which is used in abundance and is the reason for the one word used to describe Hyderabadi cuisine - fiery!
The cuisine draws its flavour from two rich legacies - the Deccan cuisine of Nizams and the spicy Andhra style of food, laced with mustard, garlic and chillies and eaten with doles of chutney and pickle.

For more recipes related to Nalli Nihari checkout Nalli Nihari , Nalli Gosht . You can also find more Main Course_Mutton recipes like Goan Mutton Curry, Mutton Razala, Mutton curry, Mirchi Mutton. Or try out these recipes from Hyderabadi Cuisine like Mirch Ka Salan, Mirchi Ka Salan, Kela Anar Raita, Kairi Murg.

Nalli Nihari Recipe - how to make Nalli Nihari


Prep Time : 1.30-2 hour

Cook time : 31-40 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Medium


  • Lamb leg pieces (nalli) 500 grams

  • Ghee 2 tablespoons

  • Nihari masala 2 1/2 tablespoons

  • Deep fried onions 1 cup

  • Salt to taste

  • Whole wheat flour (atta) 2 tablespoons

  • Ginger,cut into thin strips 1 inch piece


Step 1

Heat ghee in a deep pan, add mutton pieces and sauté on high heat till well browned. Add nihari masala and continue to sauté for two minutes.

Step 2

Add half the fried onions and mix. Add two cups of water and salt and bring it to a boil. Cover and cook till the mutton is completely cooked.

Step 3

Mix whole wheat flour in half a cup of water well so that there are no lumps. Add the remaining fried onions to the mutton mixture. Add the wheat flour mixture and mix well.

Step 4

Cook till the gravy thickens. Add ginger strips and cook till the mutton begins to leave the bones. Serve hot.

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