|October 10, 2022


What is Nihari Masala?

Nihari, from the Arabic word 'Nahar,' means morning, is a Nawaabi (king’s) dish. It was said to be the breakfast item for the Mughal Empire after prayers. The kings, emperors, and Mughal darbar (courts) used to enjoy this dish. Over the years, Nihari has become a famous dish relishable during festivities, occasions, and parties. The masala, tender meat, and the tinge of lemon juice made it a wholesome meal. The soupy curry is rich in meat content, where giant chunks come off the bones.

Due to its energy-boosting properties, Nihari saw its popularity in no time. Nihari has become a popular dish in Indian households. Nihari is a slow-cooking dish. It requires the proper cut of the meat, exact ingredients, and loads of patience to cook. Nihari is served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well. 
Nihari masala is the secret to achieving restaurant-style taste at home. It is an art to get the perfect Nihari masala recipe. Like Garam Masala, Nihari Masala is a blend of whole aromatic spices. The flavors ought to be distinct, robust, and earthy. You can also get your pack of Nihari masala from Alcoeats.


The Nawabi dish Nihari asks for a perfect blend of spices that only an authentic Nihari Masala can offer. Read here to know the flawless and well-measured Nihari Masala recipe.
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  • Type - Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Serve - 4
  • Prep Time -15 minutes 
  • Cook Time - 5-6 hours slow cooking method, 40-50 mins in a pressure cooker 

Ingredients used in a Nihari masala recipe

  • 8 - Bay leaves 
  • 15 pieces - Cloves  
  • 2 pieces - Star Anise 
  • 20 pieces - Green Cardamom 
  • 1.5 tbsp - Fennel Seeds  
  • 6" inches - Dry Ginger(Saunth)
  • 1 tsp - Black Cumin 
  • 6-6 3" inches - Cinnamon sticks 
  • ½ piece - Nutmeg  
  • 1 tbsp - Alco Turmeric Powder
  • ½ tsp - Mace 
  • 40 corns - Black pepper  
  • 2 Tsp - Cumin Seeds 
  • 3 Tsp - Coriander Seed 

How to make Nihari masala?

  • Roast all the ingredients stated above one by one to avoid over-roasting. Make sure to roast on a heavy pan bottom. 
  • Combine all the ingredients and grind them. 
  • Sieve the coarse elements, if any, and store the fine powder in an airtight container. 

Health Benefits of Nihari masala

  • Nihari keeps the body warm during the winter season.
  • It prevents sinus occurrences.
  • It is a preventive measure against regular colds, coughs, and fever.
  • Since Nihari has meat content, it is a rich source of protein. It is apt for elders who need protein to keep their muscles strong. Growing kids require protein for the growth years to build bones and muscles. Grown-ups need protein to get energized from the hustle-bustle.
  • Due to the slow-cooking technique, the broth of the meat is good for the guts. The juice from the bones is well for people with arthritis. 
  • Nihari Masala powder has spices like cinnamon which is good for the heart. Cardamom, cloves, and cinnamon together improve the digestive system. The masala is rich in antioxidants assisting in minimizing free radicals. 

Summing Up Nihari Masala Powder Recipe

Nihari is a wholesome meal with Khameeri roti and enables you to stay in the stomach for a good couple of hours. It is the most preferred breakfast for those who are on the run and have a busy schedule. It is an art to prepare Nihari. The idea is to get hold of the right Nihari Masala. Alco Nihari masala is available easily to you with a click; the efforts of gathering all the ingredients diminish. You can effortlessly cook Nihari for your loved ones making every day a Nihari day!

We hope you have a great time cooking Nihari. 

FAQs on Nihari Masala Recipe

What is the best meat to make Nihari?

Nihari requires large meat pieces. Beef, lamb, chicken, or mutton goes well for it. If you have planned to cook Nihari, ask the butcher to cut it into large pieces.

What is the recipe for Nihari?

Heat oil or ghee in a large pan. Put sliced onions and cook till they caramelize. Add ginger-garlic paste, turmeric powder, chili powder, and coriander powder. After the masala sautéing, add the meat (big chunks depending upon the number of people). Let the meat fry for 5-10 mins. Add Nihari masala powder prepared by you. Pour a sufficient amount of water and stir well. Cook slowly for 4-5 hours or pressure cook for 40-50 minutes till the meat is tender. You will find grayish color rising. Nihari is ready to be served. 

How to thicken Nihari?

You can use wheat flour to thicken the gravy. You can try rice flour, chickpea flour, and cornstarch. Make sure you roast them before you use them. Keep the ratio as 3:1, three parts of rice flour or chickpea flour to 1 of corn starch. 

How to plate Nihari?

Plating Nihari is an art. You will need to arrange the table accordingly. You may serve Nihari with naan, roti, or Khameeri roti. Khameeri roti will be apt. You can keep the large pieces of meat from the gravy in the middle of the plate while serving and pour the gravy around the meat. Garnish it with julienne ginger. Add salads of onions, beetroot, carrot, cucumber, and lemon. 

Does Alco offer readymade Nihari Masala?

Yes, Alco offers Nihari masala. The masala is from age-old recipes providing you with an authentic taste of India. The ingredients are farm-picked locally, making it completely organic. At Alco, all the spices are roasted first under a slow-roasting process and then ground into the masala. It provides you with an aroma that is irresistible to ignore. 


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