Kilby Nihari

Healthy food is an essential part of our lives, but tasty and yummy food is also a basic human desire. For healthy food intake such as vegetables or green salad, sometimes one has to compromise on taste and deliciousness. However, in between this healthy vs. tasty food challenge, there lies a fine line where exists the gravy-powered scrumptious, Nihari.

What is Nihari & Where Did it Come From?

Nihari is a spicy slow-cooked stew prepared with beef, lamb, buffalo or mutton. You can prepare Nihari with meat and bone marrow as well as with meat and cooked brain. Mostly, the thigh portion (leg shank half) of the animal’s leg is used for making Nihari and due to the constant as well as daily usage of the leg by the animal, the leg muscle becomes strong, tough and dry over the life of the animal. This makes the leg bone rich in marrow, which is a great supply of plentiful gelatin for us.

The origination of Nihari, according to Wikipedia, dates back to the final days of the Mughal Empire during the 18th century. The Nawabs and Mughals always demanded their chefs to get creative in the kitchen and aspired to eat delicious as well as healthy meals at all times of the day. Nihari was originated as a breakfast meal for the nawabs because it provided extreme boost of energy for the rest of the day. According to a source, “The nobles ate Nihari early in the morning and then took a long nap before going to ‘Zohar.’ Later on, it became popular among the labor class as a regular breakfast item.”

Why Should I Try? Any Health Benefits of Nihari?

Nihari had become the staple breakfast meal for labors in India after its origination. The primary reason behind that was the extreme health benefits and energy supply of Nihari. Labors need to be fed good for enhanced productivity and Nihari turned out to be the best for them. This simplifies much confusion regarding its benefits. Moreover, when Andrew Buncombe from The Independent was spending his time in India, a friend told him about the exciting benefits of Nihari by stating, “If you eat this three times in a week, your face will be looking very healthy, and it is also very good for sex. Very strong.” He was literally inspired by this and tried Nihari immediately. Later, he wrote a post on The Independent to elucidate his amazing experience of discovering Delhi’s best kept culinary secret i.e. Nihari.

Our bodies require some proteins and minerals to strengthen our bones, build our muscles, maintain the immune system and repair tissues. Most of these things are done by minerals such as zinc, iron, selenium, phosphorus, and B vitamins, which are highly present in the red meat used for cooking Nihari. The spices used in Nihari also have great impact on our health such as improved blood circulation, superior digestion, and regulated blood pressure. The spices normally used are; black and white peppercorns, bay leaf, cloves, cardamom, dried red chillies, cumin, nutmeg, cinnamon and turmeric. According to nutritionist, Saba Gul Hassan, “due to the anti-oxidant properties of these spices, they are believed to lessen the occurrence of a host of diseases including cancer and diabetes, purify the blood, help fight off infections and even aid weight loss.

Where Can I Get The Best Nihari in Dubai?

Kilby Café is one of the most remarkable restaurants in Dubai that serves authentic Asian cuisine with Asian flavors. As you know the obvious, Nihari is a slow-cooked dish so it takes a lot of effort and dedication for preparing it. Our chefs do it daily and amaze a large customer base every day, so they truly know what they are doing. In addition, according to health advisors at Kilby Cafe, the best time to eat Nihari is for dinner, before 8 in the evening so that it’s easily digested before you go to bed. Our chefs garnish your Nihari with fried onion slices, fresh coriander, sticks of ginger, juicy lemons and green chilies. So, what’s your plan? Let us know in the comments below.