How to make Nalli Nihari - SK Khazana -

This delicacy is cooked overnight and served piping hot for breakfast

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Lamb shanks (मटन टाँग की नली), Nihari masala (निहारी मसाला)

Cuisine : Moghlai

Course : Main Course Mutton

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Nalli Nihari - SK Khazana

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Moghlai cuisine is a fusion of Persian and Indian culinary styles. It has rich sauces, butter based curries, ginger flavoured roast meats and sweets that are fit for the king! Moghlai food offers a rich fare that is irresistible. 
Moghlai food is aromatic, marinated as it is in masalas of ginger and onion, tinged with nutmeg, mace, cloves and cinnamon; dishes of rich sauces combining a perfect balance of a range of spices, yogurt and cream, almonds and pistachios, form the base to receive morsels of chicken or meat cooked in ghee; vegetable dishes with the nutty flavour of poppy seeds and sweetened with honey; extravagant rice dishes, biryanis and pilaus, each grain separate and full of flavour, garnished with cardamom and strands of saffron; silky-smooth, ice-cold desserts flavoured with essence of roses, decked with tissue-thin sheets of real gold or silver and decorated with a scattering of rose petals; drinks squeezed from fresh fruits. All prepared to please the eye as well as the palate!
For the Moghals, Persia epitomised high culture. Persian became the language of the court, and Persian customs, literature, music, painting and architectural styles merged with the best India had to offer. It is a similar fusion of Persian and Indian culinary styles that sets Moghul cooking apart from other Indian cuisines.

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 1-1.30 hour

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Nalli Nihari - SK Khazana Recipe

  • Lamb shanks 750 grams

  • Nihari masala 4 teaspoons

  • Mustard oil 4 tablespoons

  • Garlic water 2 teaspoons

  • Medium onions sliced 7

  • Salt to taste

  • Ginger-garlic-green chilli pasgte 3 tablespoons

  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Coriander powder 1 teaspoon

  • Yogurt 3-4 tablespoons

  • Whole wheat flour 2 tablespoons

  • Ginger cut into thin strips 1 inches

  • Fresh coriander leaves finely chopped 2 tablespoons

  • Green chillies chopped for garnishing

  • Fresh coriander sprig for garnishing


Step 1

Heat mustard oil in a handi till it smokes. Add garlic water and half the onions, mix and sauté till golden brown.

Step 2

Add lamb leg pieces and mix. Add remaining onions and salt, mix and cook for 2-3 minutes.

Step 3

Add ginger-garlic-green chilli paste, chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and nihari masala, mix well and cook till the ghee separates.

Step 4

Add yogurt and mix well. Add sufficient water, stir to mix and bring to a boil. Add salt, mix well, cover and cook till fully done.

Step 5

Take wheat flour in a bowl, add some water and mix well and add to gravy. Add most of the ginger strips and coriander leaves, mix well and cook till the gravy thickens slightly.

Step 6

Garnish with the remaining ginger strips, green chillies and coriander sprig and serve hot.

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