Rogan Josh

  • Prep Time

    30 minutes

  • Cooking Time

    2 hours

  • Serving


  • Non Veg
  • Lamb
  • South Asian
  • Main course

An aromatic recipe, rogan josh, is traditionally made with either lamb or meat. A signature recipe from South Asia simply sizzles your taste buds. Cardamoms, cloves and cumin come alive in this exquisitely succulent, historic meat dish!


For the Steamed Rice:

  1. In a saucepan, rinse rice 2-3 times with cold water; add water to approximately 1 inch above the rice.
  2. Add salt as desired.
  3. Cook on medium to high heat until the water has boiled down to the level of the rice.
  4. Reduce the heat to low, cover and continue to cook for 12-15 minutes.
  5. Without stirring the rice, turn off the heat and allow the rice to steam undisturbed for at least 15 minutes.
  6. Fluff with a fork before serving.

For the Rogan Josh:

  1. Mash ginger and garlic into a smooth paste with 4 tablespoons water.
  2. Heat oil in a pot, sauté meat until brown and set aside.
  3. Stir fry cardamom, bay leaves, cloves, peppercorns and cinnamon into the same hot oil. Add in onions and sauté until golden brown.
  4. Put in the ginger garlic paste and stir for 30 seconds and add in coriander, cumin, paprika-cayenne, garam masala, and salt. Stir fry for 30 seconds.
  5. Now is the time to add fried meat.
  6. Add yoghurt and stir until well blended.
  7. Pour in water and bring to a boil. Cover and cook on low till the meat is tender (about an hour), stirring every 10 minutes.
  8. Once the meat is cooked take off the lid and serve it with steaming bowl of rice.


For the Rice:

  • 2 cups Laila basmati rice
  • 3 cups water
  • Salt to taste

For the Rogan Josh:

  • 1 kg boneless meat (fried)
  • 2 & 1/2 cm fresh ginger (finely chopped)
  • 8 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 10 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 10 cardamoms
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 10 whole peppercorns
  • 2 & 1/2 cm cinnamon sticks (broken)
  • 4 onions (finely chopped)
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 4 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp yoghurt
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala