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Beef Nihari with Whole-Wheat Pita Bread


Cooking Oil Spray
1 Pound
Eye of round, extra lean, cut into medium cubes
Garlic Paste
1 Tablespoon
Ginger Paste
1 Teaspoon
3/4 Teaspoon
*Homemade Nihari Masala
2 Tablespoons
(see recipe below)
Gram Flour
1 Tablespoons
4 1/2 Cups
Whole Wheat Flour
1/4 Cup
1 Teaspoon
Garam Masala
1 Teaspoons
Whole Wheat Pita Breads
2 Tablespoons
Finely chopped for garnish
1/2 Tablespoon
Thinly sliced for garnish
Jalapeño Peppers
1 Tablespoon
Finely chopped for garnish
Lemon wedges
For garnish

Preparation mode:

  1. In a large non-stick pot, over medium high heat, evenly spray cooking oil for 4 seconds. Add beef and pan sear on all sides; add garlic and ginger paste, salt, homemade Nihari masala (see below) and gram flour and sauté for 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. Add 4 cups water and turn the heat to the highest setting; bring to a boil. Turn down the heat to the lowest setting, cover and simmer for 2 to 3 hours until beef is almost cooked.
  3. In a small bowl, combine remaining water and whole wheat flour to make a fine paste. Add this paste slowly to the beef mixture and mix well removing any lumps.
  4. Sprinkle paprika and garam masala on top and spray cooking oil for 4 seconds. Cover and cook for 1 ½ hour until beef is completely cooked and tender and the gravy thickens.
  5. Finish Nihari by spraying cooking oil for 2 seconds and garnish with cilantro, ginger, jalapeño peppers and lemon wedges.
  6. Warm the pita by sprinkling a few drops of water on the pita bread and heating on a pan or grill.
  7. Enjoy Beef Nihari with warm whole wheat pita bread.


Homemade Nihari Masala

In a coffee or spice grinder, combine all spices and grind until fine.

Nutrition Facts For Beef Nihari:
Serving Size: 1 serving (191g), Servings: 4, Amount Per Serving: Calories 210, Fat Calories 60, Total Fat 6g (9% DV), Sat. Fat 1.5g (8% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholest. 65mg (22% DV), Sodium 520mg (22% DV), Total Carbohydrates 10g (3% DV), Fiber 2g (8% DV), Protein 28g, Vitamin A (6% DV), Vitamin C (4% DV), Calcium (8% DV), Iron (20% DV). Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Nutrition Facts for Whole Wheat Pita Bread: 
Serving Size: 1 Pita Bread (56g), Servings: 4, Amount Per Serving: Calories 150, Fat Calories 10, Total Fat 1g (2% DV), Sat. Fat 0g (0% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholest. 0mg (0% DV), Sodium 225mg (10% DV), Total Carbohydrates 30g (9% DV), Fiber 3g (12% DV), Sugar 2g (1%) Protein 6g, Vitamin A (0% DV), Vitamin C (0% DV), Calcium (4% DV), Iron (6% DV). Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.