Rogan Josh

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Aromatic Rogan Josh, a classic Kashmiri dish, features tender lamb cooked in a flavorful blend of spices, yoghurt, and saffron.

Rogan Josh, a dish from the heart of Kashmir, offers a culinary journey into the aromatic world of Indian cuisine. This iconic recipe features tender pieces of lamb marinated and cooked to perfection in a rich blend of spices and yoghurt. The name “Rogan Josh” itself evokes images of vibrant colours and bold flavours, a dish that captivated palates worldwide. 

About the Recipe

Rogan Josh originated from the Kashmir Valley. It is a dish that combines yoghurt’s richness, saffron’s warmth, and the fragrance of traditional Indian spices to create a culinary masterpiece. The tender lamb infused with the magical mixture of spices is a staple in Kashmiri cuisine. Rogan Josh is traditionally served with rice or naan.

Why You Will Love This Recipe

Rogan Josh is an irresistible dish with tender lamb infused with aromatic spices, and creamy yoghurt is perfection.  Rogan Josh will become a favourite in your culinary repertoire with its simple yet exquisite preparation, perfect for cosy dinners or festive gatherings.

Rogan Josh

Rogan Josh


Cooking Tips

  • Marinate the lamb for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavours to penetrate.
  • Use high-quality saffron for the best colour and flavour.
  • Adjust the spice level to your preference by varying the amount of red chilli powder.
  • Cook the lamb on low heat for tender, succulent results.
  • Garnish with fresh cilantro or mint for an extra burst of flavour.

Serving and Storing Suggestions

  • For a complete meal, serve hot with steamed rice, naan, or crusty bread.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.
  • Reheat gently on the stove or in the microwave before serving.

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Nutrient Benefits

Lamb is a rich source of protein, iron, and B vitamins, essential for energy production and overall health. Yoghurt provides probiotics for gut health, while saffron offers antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties.

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Rogan Josh

Aromatic Rogan Josh, a classic Kashmiri dish, features tender lamb cooked in a flavorful blend of spices, yoghurt, and saffron.
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Marinate30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian


  • 500 gms Lamb (cubed)
  • 1/2 cup Yoghurt (whisked)
  • Asafoetida (a small pinch)
  • 1 tsp Red Chili Powder
  • 1 cup Water - 1 cup
  • 1 tsp Ginger Powder
  • 2 tsp Saunf Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Saffron (soaked in 2 tsp water)
  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masala Powder
  • 2 Cloves
  • Cinnamon (one-inch stick)
  • 1 Black Cardamoms
  • Bay Leaf
  • 1/3 cup Ghee
  • Salt (as per taste)


  • Combine yoghurt, cloves, cinnamon, black cardamom, and bay leaf in a bowl.
  • Marinate the lamb in this mixture for 30 minutes.
  • Heat ghee in a pan over moderate flame.
  • Add the marinated lamb and cover the pan with a lid.
  • Remove the lid after a minute or two.
  • Add asafoetida and salt. Stir well.
  • Increase the flame to high and cook till the yoghurt dries completely.
  • Reduce flame and stir well to prevent sticking.
  • Add water and stir till the lamb turns light brown.
  • Cook till the oil floats to the top.
  • Add red chilli powder and increase the flame to high.
  • Stir and add water, ginger powder, and saunf.
  • Cook for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Add saffron and cook till the lamb is tender.
  • Add garam masala powder and stir well.
  • Remove and serve hot.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How spicy is Rogan Josh?

Controlling the red chilli powder used in Rogan Josh allows you to adjust the spice level to your preferred level. Start with a smaller quantity and adapt according to your taste.

Can I use chicken instead of lamb?

Yes, you can substitute lamb with chicken to make Chicken Rogan Josh. Follow the same recipe, adjusting the cooking time for the chicken.

What should I serve with Rogan Josh?

Rogan Josh pairs well with steamed rice, naan bread, or roti. For a complete meal, serve with yoghurt raita and salad.

Can I make Rogan Josh ahead of time?

You can prepare Rogan Josh and store it in the refrigerator for up to three days. For the best results, reheat gently on the stove or microwave before serving.

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rani rahman December 6, 2008 - 9:41 am

its nice


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