Authentic Mutton/Lahori Nihari Recipe for Food Lovers 2024

Lahori Mutton Nihari, a traditional dish in Pakistan, holds a special place in our hearts, especially during the festive occasion of Eid-ul-Adha (Bakar Eid). I fondly remember one Eid when we were invited as guests to a relative’s home, and to my delight, they had prepared a sumptuous pot of flavorful Nihari. The experience left such a lasting impression that I couldn’t resist the urge to recreate that magical taste in my own kitchen this Eid. So, here I am, excited to share my version of the famous Lahori Nihari – a dish that is not only scrumptious but also incredibly easy to cook in a pressure cooker.

Mutton/Lahori Nihari Recipe

With Eid Special 2023 approaching, I can’t wait to share this delightful recipe with you. It’s all about slow-cooking tender mutton with aromatic spices in a pressure cooker, creating a rich and flavorful dish. The kitchen will fill with a wonderful aroma as we prepare this Lahori Nihari.

Join me on this cooking journey, and let’s bring the magic of Nihari to our homes this Eid. Gather the ingredients, grab your pressure cooker, and let’s savor the deliciousness of this special dish with our loved ones. Eid Mubarak and happy cooking!

Heat the Oil: In a pressure cooker, heat the oil on medium heat.

Add Ginger and Garlic Paste: Add the ginger and garlic paste to the hot oil and sauté for a minute until the raw smell disappears.

Add Mutton: Add the mutton bong meat (bone-in mutton pieces) to the pressure cooker and stir well to coat the meat with the ginger-garlic paste.

Mutton/Lahori Nihari Recipe

Season with Spices: Sprinkle salt, red chilli powder, and turmeric powder over the mutton. Mix everything well to evenly distribute the spices.

Incorporate Nihari Masala: Add the Mutton Nihari masala to the pressure cooker. This special blend of spices is the key to the authentic Lahori Nihari flavor.

Pour Water: Pour the water into the pressure cooker, making sure the meat is well-covered with the liquid.

Mutton/Lahori Nihari Recipe

Pressure Cook: Close the lid of the pressure cooker and cook the Nihari on high heat until the first whistle. Then, reduce the heat to low and cook for another 25-30 minutes until the mutton becomes tender and falls off the bone.

Prepare the Thickening: In a separate bowl, mix the flour with a little water to form a smooth paste (slurry). Gradually add the flour slurry to the cooked Nihari, stirring continuously to avoid lumps.

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Cook Until Thickened: Continue cooking the Nihari with the flour slurry for a few more minutes until it thickens to your desired consistency.

Garnish and Serve: Ladle the hot and flavorful Lahori Nihari into serving bowls. Garnish with fresh coriander, julienned ginger, and sliced green chillies. These garnishes add a refreshing and spicy touch to the dish.

Mutton/Lahori Nihari Recipe

Serve with Love: Your Authentic Lahori Nihari is now ready to be enjoyed with naan, paratha, or steamed rice. Serve it with love to your family and friends and relish the delectable flavors of this special Eid dish! Enjoy!

Indulge in the rich and aromatic flavors of Lahori Mutton Nihari, a delectable dish that holds a special place in Eid Special 2023 celebrations. This traditional Pakistani delicacy features slow-cooked mutton, tenderized to perfection, and simmered in a harmonious blend of spices and herbs. The result is a melt-in-your-mouth experience, with each bite carrying a depth of flavors that will transport you to the vibrant streets of Lahore.

Whether enjoyed with naan or rice, Lahori Mutton Nihari is a true culinary delight that will leave a lasting impression on your taste buds during this festive season.

Authentic Lahori Nihari | Pressure Cooker Mutton Nihari Recipe | Eid Special 2023

Recipe by Memona AdnanCourse: MainCuisine: ContinentalDifficulty: Moderate


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Ingredients for Lahori Mutton Nihari recipe by Continental Food

  • half cup oil

  • 1 tbsp ginger and garlic paste

  • 1 kg mutton bong meat

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp red chilli powder

  • 1 tsp turmeric powder

  • 1 tbsp Mutton Nihari masala

  • 1 litre water

  • 3 tbsp flour

  • fresh coriander

  • ginger

  • green chilli!!


  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker over medium heat. Add ginger and garlic paste and sauté for a minute until fragrant.
  • Add the mutton bone-in meat to the cooker and cook until it changes color and gets slightly browned.
  • Sprinkle salt, red chili powder, turmeric powder, and Mutton Nihari masala over the meat. Mix well to coat the meat with the spices.
  • Pour in the water and give it a good stir. Close the pressure cooker with the lid and cook on high heat until the pressure builds up.
  • Reduce the heat to low and cook for about 45 minutes to 1 hour or until the meat is tender and the flavors have melded together.
  • In a separate bowl, mix flour with some water to make a smooth paste. Gradually add this paste to the simmering nihari mixture, stirring continuously to avoid any lumps.
  • Continue to cook for another 15-20 minutes until the nihari thickens to your desired consistency.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander, ginger slices, and green chili.
  • Serve Lahori Nihari hot with naan or rice, and enjoy the rich and aromatic flavors of this traditional Pakistani dish.

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  • Nihari is traditionally slow-cooked overnight, but using a pressure cooker helps to reduce the cooking time while still retaining the delicious flavors. Adjust the cooking time accordingly if using a traditional slow-cooking method.

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Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about Lahori Nihari:

What is Lahori Mutton Nihari?

Lahori Nihari is a popular Pakistani dish that originated in Lahore, known for its rich and aromatic flavors. It is a slow-cooked meat stew, traditionally made with mutton or beef, simmered with a blend of spices and served with naan or rice.

What is Mutton Nihari masala?

Nihari masala is a special spice blend used to season Lahori Nihari. It typically consists of a combination of various aromatic spices such as coriander, cumin, fennel, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. This masala adds depth and complexity to the dish.

Can I use beef instead of mutton for Lahori Mutton Nihari?

Yes, you can use beef as a substitute for mutton in Lahori Nihari. Beef shank or bone-in cuts are commonly used for a flavorful and tender result.

Can I cook Lahori Nihari without a pressure cooker?

While using a pressure cooker helps to reduce the cooking time, you can still prepare Lahori Nihari without one. Simply follow the same steps in a regular cooking pot, but allow the dish to simmer on low heat for several hours until the meat is tender and the flavors are well-developed.

What should I serve with Lahori Nihari?

Lahori Nihari is traditionally served with naan, a type of oven-baked bread, or rice. You can also enjoy it with roti, paratha, or even crusty bread.

Can I adjust the spice level in Lahori Nihari?

Yes, you can adjust the spice level according to your preference. You can increase or decrease the amount of red chili powder and green chili used to control the spiciness. It’s best to start with a smaller amount and add more if desired.

Can I make Lahori Nihari ahead of time?

Yes, Lahori Nihari tastes even better when the flavors have had time to meld together. You can make it ahead of time and refrigerate it. Reheat gently before serving to enjoy its rich flavors.

Are there any vegetarian alternatives to Lahori Nihari?

Lahori Nihari is traditionally a meat-based dish. However, you can try substituting the meat with cooked chickpeas or mushrooms to create a vegetarian version. Adjust the spices and cooking time accordingly.

Remember, Lahori Nihari is a dish that requires patience and slow cooking to develop its distinctive flavors. Enjoy the process of preparing this aromatic and hearty Pakistani delicacy!

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