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Pressure cooker easy nihari
Quick and Easy Pressure Cooker Nihari (Beef or Mutton Stew)
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 20 mins
Total Time
1 hr 35 mins
 

Nihari is a one pot meat stew cooked with a multitude of spices. This version is quick and so flavourful, you'll have rave reviews whenever you make it! 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Bangladeshi, Indian, Pakistani
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 206 kcal
Author: Tamara at Foodieverse
Ingredients
  • 1 kg (2.2 lbs) beef or mutton pieces with bones
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • 1 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 1/2 - 3 tbsp nihari masala (recipe below)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 tsp grated nutmeg
  • 6-7 cups water
  • 1 black cardamom (optional)
  • 2 chillies
  • 1/4 cup fried onions
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp flour (dissolved in 1/4 cup water)
Nihari Masala (Nihari Spice Blend)
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 2 whole long peppers [peepli] (optional if you can't find it)
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 5 whole black peppers
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1/2 tbsp cardamom seeds (break open cardamom to extract seeds)
  • 1 tsp nigella seeds (kalijeera)
  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon sticks (broken)
  • 2 strands mace
  • coriander for garnish
  • ginger julienne for garnish
Instructions
Nihari Masala (Spice Blend)
  1. Blend all spices together. If yield is more than 3 tbsp, store remaining in airtight container to add into meat curries or your next batch of nihari.

Nihari
  1. Heat pressure cooker and add meat with bone pieces.

  2. Add oil, ginger paste, garlic paste and salt.

  3. Add all the ground spices and Nihari Masala.

  4. Stir to coat meat with all the spices.

  5. Add bay leaves, grated nutmeg and black cardamom (if using). Stir.

  6. Add water. Use 6 cups if you want your nihari to be thicker, and 7 cups if thinner.

  7. Secure pressure cooker lid and cook for one (1) hour on medium heat.

  8. Carefully let out air and remove lid. ALWAYS be careful when opening pressure cooker lid, make sure all the air is out! 

  9. Add chillies, fried onions, lemon juice and flour dissolved in water.

  10. Cook uncovered for another 15 minutes.

  11. Serve and garnish with coriander and ginger julienne. 

Nutrition Facts
Quick and Easy Pressure Cooker Nihari (Beef or Mutton Stew)
Amount Per Serving (250 g)
Calories 206 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 323mg 13%
Potassium 292mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Protein 13g 26%
Vitamin A 1.9%
Vitamin C 18%
Calcium 3.8%
Iron 13.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.