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How To Make An Authentic Lamb Rogan Josh.

intense flavours and always popular

intense flavours and always popular

Rogan Josh


This is a favourite Indian dish of mine, Rogan means meat fat, and josh literally means heat, though figuratively speaking it means intensity. I like to use either neck of lamb for a cheap meal, or lamb chops or shoulder. The dish gets its heat and intensity from the lavish use of body heat-inducing spices such as large black cardamoms and cloves.

The dish is said to have originated in the Kashmir area, and puts to use the Kashmiri chillies which I love to give it colour and flavour. I’m going to boil up some extra bones to help thicken and enrich the dish. most Indian restaurants will cook a version of this dish

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

45 min

1 hour 35 min

2 hours 20 min

Serves four people

neck of lamb

neck of lamb



Lamb Rogan Josh


6 shallots [I like the banana shallots, the long thin ones.]

1 tin of finely chopped tomatoes

2 tsp chopped garlic

2 tsp turmeric, & cumin, fennel powder,

3 tsp coriander powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon, & mace

2-4 tsp Kashmir chilli powder

1-2 tablespoons of ghee

1 tbl spoon of oil.

1 tbl spoon of fenugreek seeds

2 large black cardamom_ 4green cardamoms

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Salt to taste

1/2 cup yogurt.

10lb (700g) stewing lamb or chops

9oz (250g) lamb bones for adding flavour

Blend your herbs

this is where a good curry is made

this is where a good curry is made

Make a Delicious Curry

This is how I begin almost all my curries and I find it very successful.

The various powdered spices should be mixed and then put in a frying pan and gently toasted; you will know as soon as the aroma hits you that they are ready, remove from heat and do not burn them.

Add the ghee and mix it into a paste and then put it back on the low heat. Slowly you will see the oil separating out from your mix, take time to enjoy the aromas; you will so much more enjoy the meal. Now add the cardamom seeds, splitting the green ones.

I begin most of my curries with this pre-cooking of the spices.

One of My Favourite Cooks

How To Make Your Curry

Boil the lamb and bones with some garlic and salt in water, for cook for 20 minutes. I always have lots of fresh mint, either from my garden or that I have frozen and kept in the freezer. If you have some you can always add it to lamb.

Remove from the heat and set aside. Skim off the scum and reserve the cooking liquor.

Add some oil to another pan and sprinkle the fenugreek seeds in. I have found that these seeds make a great deal of difference to the final taste of the curry.

Once they begin to pop with the heat, add your shallots and garlics and gently fry until they are transparent.

Add you tomatoes to the spices and mix, and then add your shallot mix to it and stir until you have a creamy sauce.

Now add the meat and liquor and cook in a large pot for an hour, until the meat is falling off the bone.

Lower the heat and add the yogurt, mixing it slowly into the curry. Before serving remove the cardamom seeds.

Serve with chapatis.

How to make Chapatis


Cucumber Raita

A very nice sidedish for all curries is Cucumber Raita.

With this meal I like to lots of tomatoes to the mix.

here's the recipe

Chop half a cucumber and squeeze out as much juice as you can.

mix together sugar about 1teaspoon and fresh mint leaves, or bottled if you prefer.

One coffee mug of yogurt, Greek styles is okay and mix with the other ingredients.

fine chop some tomatoes and mix it all together for a delicious addition to your meal.

With a hint of mint

beautiful and tasty with a hint of mint

beautiful and tasty with a hint of mint


Tony Mead (author) from Yorkshire on April 11, 2012:


I like Rogan josh, but few places make it to an authentic taste. It is a meal that requires time and love to produce.

I'll get back to you with the drinks, but I like a strong dark with this.

thank you Derdriu, if you make all these dishes you will feel you are in India.

regards and many thanks.


Derdriu on April 10, 2012:

Tony, What an appetizing, exotic, tasty recipe for "intense meat fat" ;-]! In particular, I like the combination of yogurt with cinnamon, mace, and tomatoes. Also, the pretty pictures are such an inspiring way to pace oneself through the results at each critical stage in your clear instructions. What can be served and what can be drunk with such a filling dish?

Thank you for sharing, voted up + all.

Respectfully, Derdriu

Tony Mead (author) from Yorkshire on June 29, 2011:

hi becky

many thanks for dropping in.

Ghee is clarified butter, you can make it yourself by melting and then straining it, or in a can.

I hope you enjoy this meal, I always do

cheers Tony

Becky from Oklahoma on June 29, 2011:

This sounds so delicious. Is ghee a spice? Thanks

Tony Mead (author) from Yorkshire on May 30, 2011:


sorry I missed your comment, I always try and answer promptly, I will have to take you out for a Rogan Josh in Hydrabad next time I am there

thanks for comment


Tony Mead (author) from Yorkshire on May 16, 2011:

HI Kafsoa

thank you for the compliment, my food is all made with lovewhich makes it taste better


sweetie1 from India on May 14, 2011:

Hi tony, Rogan josh is a dish i like a lot and if you go to hydrabad, try it there, best from there.

kafsoa on May 12, 2011:

Sure I'll try it, I've found it following the link on this hub. I like your recipes :)

Tony Mead (author) from Yorkshire on May 12, 2011:

thank you Kafsoa for your comment and rating. Try my recipe for chapaties and see if that will help.

best wishes Tony

kafsoa on May 11, 2011:

I love Indian food that is cooked in Indian restaurants in Egypt. I also like chapatis but I've tried to do it several times but it didn't taste the same, I don't know why although I followed the recipe. Nice recipe I'm going to try it. Thank you. Rated up and useful:)

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