29 South Asian Foods To Order That Aren’t Chicken Tikka Masala

1. Nihari

What It Is: A fireball stew of tender beef or lamb shank, thickened with flour.

Eaten With: Chili, cilantro, ginger and lemon garnish. Hot, buttered naan. Lots of water.

Fact: The name nihari comes from the Arabic word nihar, meaning morning. In other words, you cook the shit out of this thing and it’s usually only available on weekends.

2. Biryani

What It Is: Layered rice and meat flavored with the chef’s preferred spice mix. Can be made with lamb, goat, chicken, fish or vegetables.

Eaten With: Yogurt. All of your relatives at your cousin’s wedding.

Fact: Biryani has potential to bring unity to the Indian subcontinent.

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