Gift 3 – Nihari

When you think of nihari, only one thing comes to mind… YUMM!!!

The texture, spiciness, and tenderness of this dish makes it a all-round favourite of everyone who’s ever been to karachi.

A little history: Nihari is originally a dish from the Muslims of Delhi and is most popular in Pakistan. It is a stew made from beef or lamb and curry. The Muslims of Delhi are the ones who actually brought it to Pakistan and popularized it there. Nihari originated as a dish of the Muslim upper class society in Delhi. It passed to other classes as Muslim ascendency and power declined. This was after the waning of Mughal power in the mid to late 18th century when many muslim families from the Mughal nobility became impoverished.

“In the spirit of all the holiday gift giving that will be taking place over the next couple of months, all the Metroblogging cities are giving 7 gifts to the world throughout the week of NOV 26th – DEC 2. This is 3rd Gift to the World.”

28 Comments so far

  1. Kashif (unregistered) on November 30th, 2006 @ 7:19 am

    I tried around each and every famous nihari in karachi and the best nihari awards go to “Jawaid Nihari”

  2. Farhan (unregistered) on November 30th, 2006 @ 8:51 am

    This picture does not do justice to Nehari

  3. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on November 30th, 2006 @ 9:12 am

    There was once a defaming conspiracy against Jawaid Nihari, has any1 here got any insights on that?

  4. Raja Islam (unregistered) on November 30th, 2006 @ 9:26 am

    My office was near jawaid nihari and i use to eat daily truth behind conspiracy it was just an urban legend.

  5. sarah (unregistered) on November 30th, 2006 @ 9:26 am

    YUMMMMMMMMMmmm !!!:D

  6. mansoor (unregistered) on November 30th, 2006 @ 9:47 am

    kashif: i have yet to try that :P

    raja: i wonder how it affected ur waistline buddy?? lolz :D

  7. Anathema (unregistered) on November 30th, 2006 @ 10:07 am

    erm. just dont understand how “nihari” is karachi’s gift to the world? or how its unique to karachi?
    slims makes sense (i assume that will gift number 1?). pakola makes sense considering its prominent here. mazar e quaid/ flagtsaff house/ mohatta make perfect sense. cape monze/ paradise point make sense.

    but how does nihari?

  8. mansoor (unregistered) on November 30th, 2006 @ 10:32 am

    anathema: try having nihari anywhere else, other than karachi, and you’ll know what i mean. There’s something about the dehliwala taste here u know… it just makes nihari too good 2 be true :D

    *im a fan*

  9. Kashif (unregistered) on November 30th, 2006 @ 11:28 am

    Nihari came to Karachi from Lahore.

  10. turab (unregistered) on November 30th, 2006 @ 12:06 pm

    Noor nahari in PIB Colony is pretty good and thick!!

  11. Raja Islam (unregistered) on November 30th, 2006 @ 12:48 pm

    @mansoor it did not affect mine but my friend is eating only salad these days.

  12. Raja Islam (unregistered) on November 30th, 2006 @ 1:02 pm
  13. SWA (unregistered) on November 30th, 2006 @ 1:33 pm

    Man, y’all are torturing us living abroad with those wonderful gifts. Just Nihari makes me want to fly back to Karachi somehow right now….. MMMMM!

    Btw, I ve heard the Sabri’s Nihari near Lasbella bridge is very good!

  14. faraz (unregistered) on November 30th, 2006 @ 2:18 pm

    raja: & mansoor: I am the one about which raja was saying that these days he is only having salad. Well jokes apart both of us use to work in the same company which is not that far from javaid nehari…. we had so much nihari so much nihari that now my blood group is Javaid Nihari +


    You can also double the taste if you order Maghaz or Nali nehari instead of plain nehari.

    For those folks who have not tried it as yet, I must say that they are not yet familiar with the wonders of karachi.

    Adeus Amigos!!!

  15. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on November 30th, 2006 @ 2:19 pm

    Well nihari deserves to be a Gift from Delhi only, you guys need to try Nihari walas around Delhi Jama Masjid around 7 AM.

    Eating too much of beef is very lethal guys, it will show up in later ages.

  16. mansoor (unregistered) on November 30th, 2006 @ 3:13 pm

    faraz: all my sympathies man!!! i had a similar experience with samosa’s :p

  17. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on November 30th, 2006 @ 3:42 pm

    @Faraz: How do u manage to resume work after maghaz & nulli nihari combo?

  18. Faraz (unregistered) on November 30th, 2006 @ 6:22 pm

    My friend this is the only main issue I had to face while eating nihari… i am a great lover of nalli and maghaz nihari but unfortunately they only provide both in evening or you can say dinner… me and raja used to go there in the afternoon so only plain nihari… this is how i used to manage :)

  19. Sufi (unregistered) on November 30th, 2006 @ 10:27 pm

    *shuts off the computer*
    *sits in his car & drives towards Mustafa Restaurant*
    *parks his car at Evershine apartments*
    *gets out, enters mustafa restaurant, orders nihari with maghaz + mirinda*
    *asks the waiter to take back the “two minute old” naans and tells him to bring fresh off the tandoor nans *barely 20 second out of the tandoor*
    *eats like theres no tomorrow
    *Thanks Allah for such cheap Grand food available only in cities like ours.
    *finishes his food and heads out of mustafa restaurant with twice the size of belly that he entered with*

  20. Sufi (unregistered) on November 30th, 2006 @ 10:30 pm

    *just before heading home, stops at Sattar Bhai and asks him to make my paan.

    *Alhumdulillah, zindagi mast hai

  21. turab (unregistered) on November 30th, 2006 @ 11:33 pm

    I think biryani is more popular? or even kabab and prathay… i dont i just love food hehehe

    Oh can we add the Beaches as a gift to Karachi becuase they are beautiful n keep us cool during summer comparitively than punjab and interior sindh..

  22. Phil (unregistered) on December 1st, 2006 @ 3:24 am

    Sabri Nehari is on Bandar Road, … ? Where is it exaclty – I need to get that when I go there :) Plus, man, this gift is the best! Man I love Nehri!

    Acha, anymore Nehari shops I should know about :D ? (Fear not, this little tummy has fought alot, its a veteran, just pass on the info ;) )

  23. zarish (unregistered) on December 1st, 2006 @ 5:31 am

    Just a suggestion to you guys. Why can’t we have Mohammad Yousaf as a gift to Karchi? He has broken the world record for the most test runs in a year after like 20 of so years.

  24. ash (unregistered) on December 1st, 2006 @ 8:01 am

    Zahra that would be great but I think he is not from karachi so that could be an issue. Lahore or isloo should certainly make him a gift.

  25. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on December 1st, 2006 @ 3:59 pm

    @Zarish: Amongst Cricketers we shouldn’t forget Miandad and Hanif Muhammad (i hav doubt aboout HM being karachiite)


    If you are able to locate Urdu Bazar almost adjacent to Radio Pakistan infront of NJV School, you are there.
    It’s also infront of Dilpasand Sweets at M.A Jinnah Road.
    Note: sabri is close to Barnes road, not at Barnes road

  26. mubbashir (unregistered) on December 1st, 2006 @ 6:57 pm

    Just wanted to offer a correction. While, Nihari is certainly a Delhi dish, it was originaly a breakfast dish for the laboring classes. It was eaten in the mornings as breakfast before laborers set out to work. Such a hearty breakfast got day laborers through the day without having to take lunch. However, by early 20th century Nihari was very popular with Delhi merhcants (sodagarans) who even arranged to have a degh air mailed to them when they were away for extended amounts of times in cities like Calcutta. I get this direct information from a former Delhivalah.

    Also, I cant wait to try Javaid’s Nihari, i have been hearing about it for a while now

  27. wasiq (unregistered) on December 2nd, 2006 @ 5:53 am

    First of all i believe that Nihari is no longer a Dehli dish after independence because of the Cow controversy…i wonder if it is even halal to eat Nihari under the jamia mosque Dehli,

    secondly, the Nihari here in karachi has a very different taste because it is different as the basic ingredient is not beef or lamb, mostly it is cooked with the Halal camels only found in lower sindh deserts…..

    i loved this mouth-watering post…..

  28. Sajid (unregistered) on December 2nd, 2006 @ 2:21 pm

    I believe it should be Burns raod instead of Nihari ( a place where you can find everything )…Just my opinion though!

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