If I had to choose a last meal it would be Nihari (Nahari) Indeed!
After wandering in the by lanes spent several hours reading in libraries talking to many bawarchis (chef) we still don’t know whether Nihari originated in Hyderabad or Old Delhi but found an interesting story behind this heavenly unparalled Dish “NIHARI”.
“NIHARI” with strong spices, juicy meat, sour taste of the lemon, served with coriander leaves isn’t sounding mouthwatering?
Let us tell youthat this Mughal era delicacy also has an interesting story hidden behind.
As you all know that years and years ago there used to be a Nehar (a water body) where today is a busy and one of the famous market all over India CHANDNI CHOWK. The water channel used to run between the Red Fort and Fatehpuri Masjid. Once an epidemic hit Delhi and rumors had it that water had got infected and spreading and causing an incurable infection. After hearing this everyone was worried so do the emperor.
The rumors were turning out to be a truth in the city. Whoever was using the Nehar’s water falling ill.People were worried- the emperor, Army men Local citizen, because they did not have any other source of water, and were getting infected. Some of them were not able to survive more than a week after getting affected.
Then townspeople decided to call a group of Hakims ask them to find a way to get rid of this problem. After many attempts they were able to make a dish having lots of spices used as herbs and medicines that time. This herbs and spices were added to this dish not to make it delicious but to make it act as medicine and fight the stubborn germ.
Having few unusual ingredients such as mace, nutmeg and dried ginger it was so scrumptious this dish became so popular and people were urged to eat it. People recovered form the illness and gifted themselves an excellent and matchless and nutritional dish.
So this how our today’s Old Delhi’s Nihari was born. Next time when you are planning to eat it please keep in mind that you are eating a nutritious diet, which once was invented to act as a medicine.
It takes one whole night or two to get proper texture, spiciness and taste. Nihari has been acting as a proper and heavy dish that keeps people going all day long. Earlier served only in the morning hours but now Old Delhi bazaars has some shops which are found selling it in daytime as well. One of the famous vender still alive is “KalluNihari wale” and “Haji ShabratiNihari Wale” located at TirahaBairam khan.
So, what are you waiting for?
Go one Go all!!!