Citizens, it is LONG overdue for a visitation to the cuisine of Pakistan, where this delicious stew is the national dish! 🙂 The mighty TFD knows no fear in exploring recipes from the furthest corners of the Planet, and this delicious meal is worthy of any amount of travel!
Nihari is a stew from the Indian subcontinent consisting of slow-cooked meat (mainly shank meat of beef or lamb or mutton) along with bone marrow.
The word Nihari originated from the Arabic word “Nahar” (Arabic: نهار) which means “day” as it was typically served after sunrise Fajr prayers.
According to many sources, Nihari either originated in Hyderabad, Old Delhi in the late 18th century during the last throes of the Mughal Empire or in the royal kitchens of Awadh, in modern-day Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Alternative origins puts roots in the Muslim Nawab kitchens, having achieved fame via the storied royal kitchens of Lucknow.
Nihari developed with the overall cuisine of Muslims of the Indian subcontinent. It has been an old popular delicacy in parts of Bangladesh, particularly Dhaka and Chittagong. People cooked it for one whole night and they ate it in the early morning at sunrise.
It is a popular dish and is regarded as the national dish of Pakistan. The dish is known for its spiciness and taste. It was originally more of a delicacy with myriad variations on spiciness and texture.
Nihari is a traditional dish of Muslims of Delhi, Bhopal and Lucknow. After the creation of Pakistan in 1947, many Urdu speaking Muslims from northern India migrated to Karachi and Dhaka in the eastern wing (now in Bangladesh), and established restaurants.
In Karachi, Nihari became a roaring success and soon all over Pakistan. Now Nihari is available in Pakistani restaurants around the world.
In some restaurants, a few kilos from each day’s leftover Nihari is added to the next day’s pot. This re-used portion of Nihari is called Taar and is believed to provide the unique flavor. Some Nihari outlets in old Delhi still boast of an unbroken taar going back more than a century.
Nihari is also used as a home remedy for Common cold, Rhinorrhea and Fever. According to a legend, it was concocted at least a hundred years ago in Delhi by a Hakeem.
TFD’s version of this meaty stew is redolent of spices and rich with marrow and oil. I guarantee you will find favor with this delicious recipe, my Citizens! 😀