Easy Recipe Rogan Josh (Curried Meat)

Close up of fall apart tender lamb Rogan Josh

Ingredients in Rogan Josh

Here’s what you need. And yes, dear fellow Aussies, you really can get all the ingredients at Coles, Woolworths or Harris Farms!

Ingredients in Lamb Rogan Josh

  • Spices – all spices listed above are common ones with the exception of Garam Masala. This is an Indian Spice Mix which is sold at supermarkets nowadays, however, if you are struggling to find it, substitute with curry powder;
  • Best lamb for Rogan Josh – Lamb shoulder is best because it’s well marbled with fat and becomes ultra tender and juicy when slow cooked for a couple of hours;
  • Ghee – this is just pure butter so it has a more intense butter flavour than normal butter (spreadable or block for cooking). In fact, it’s just clarified butter also known as browned butter, which is simply butter that’s melted and simmered until the water content evaporates, leaving behind 100% butter fat. It’s SO GOOD and it’s an essential ingredient for flavour in Indian cooking, adding a layer of richness to the sauce. Sold at large grocery stores, or substitute with butter.

How to make Rogan Josh

And here’s how you make it. All in one go, in one pot – nice and easy!

How to make Lamb Rogan Josh

Fall apart lamb

Rogan Josh is made with stewing lamb, so it needs to be cooked long and slow (2 hours, to be exact) for the lamb to become tender and for sauce flavour to develop.

You know it’s ready when you can use two forks to do THIS to the lamb:

Close up showing tender lamb in Rogan Josh

Rogan Josh in a bow, ready to be eaten

What to serve with Rogan Josh

Something to soak with that glorious sauce is essential. Traditionally basmati (Indian long grain rice) rice is the go, though people suffering through low-carb torture can opt for Cauliflower Rice.

Something to mop your bowl clean would also be ideal and traditional. Real Naan you can make at home is no-brainer here! Chewy, fluffy and stretchy, you’ll feel like you’re at a restaurant! For a quicker alternative, try this easy No Yeast Flatbread that I use as naan with all my Indian curries.

Of course, something fresh will complete the meal. It’s pictured with a variation of this Herb & Garlic Cucumber Salad – I cut the cucumber into thicker chunks (for juicier bites), skipped the herb & garlic (the curry has enough flavour!) and sprinkled with coriander. Cooling Indian Tomato Salad with Mint Dressing would also be lovely, or for something a little more substantial and exotic, try South Indian Cabbage & Carrot Salad with Coconut.

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 2 hrs 30 mins Mains Indian

Ingredients

▢3.5 tbsp ghee , substitute butter (Note 1)
▢1 cinnamon stick
▢6 green cardamom pods , lightly bruised
▢4 cloves
▢1 large onion , finely chopped
▢3 cloves garlic , finely minced
▢1 tbsp ginger , finely grated
▢5 tbsp tomato passata (US: tomato puree/sauce, Note 5)
▢1 tsp salt
▢750g/1.5lb boneless lamb shoulder , cut into 3cm/1.2″ cubes (Note 6)
▢1.5 cups / 375ml chicken stock , salt reduced (broth)
SPICES:
▢2 tbsp paprika , normal or sweet
▢3/4 tsp chilli powder (or to taste, Note 2)
▢4 tsp ground coriander
▢4 tsp ground cumin
▢2 tsp turmeric powder
▢1/4 tsp nutmeg
▢1 tsp garam marsala (Note 3)
▢1/2 tsp fennel powder (Note 4)
FINISHES
▢1/2 tsp extra garam masala (Note 3)
▢1/2 tsp extra fennel powder
SERVING/GARNISH
▢1/2 cup / 125g plain yoghurt (Greek yogurt fine)
▢Chopped coriander leaves, finely shredded ginger, yogurt
▢Basmati rice

Instructions

  • Melt ghee over medium heat in large heavy based pot. Add cinnamon, cardamom and cloves and cook for one minute.
  • Add onion and cook for 7 minutes, stirring frequently, until pieces are golden and starting the brown on the edges.
  • Add the garlic and ginger, cook for another minute.
  • Stir in the Spices, cook for 30 seconds.
  • Mix in the tomato puree and salt, then add stock and mix.
  • Add lamb, stir, bring to simmer.
  • Place lid on and adjust heat to low or medium low so it’s simmering gently.
  • Cook 1 hour 45 minutes, giving it an occasional stir, until lamb is quite tender – use 2 forks to check, it should pry apart pretty easily.
  • Remove lid, and continue cooking for another 15 minutes (to reduce sauce slightly) – lamb should be very tender by this stage.
  • Stir in the Yogurt, the Extra garam marsala and fennel. Cook for another few minutes.
  • Serve with basmati rice, sprinkled with fresh coriander leaves and other garnishes if desired. More sides (pictured): Cucumber salad (Note 7) and Easy naan – No Yeast Flatbread

Recipe Notes:

1. Ghee is pure butter (butter is actually fat + water), has more intense butter flavour than normal butter. Sold at large grocery stores in Australia, sub with butter.
2. Chilli powder – this is pure chilli and it’s spicy. This is not “Chili Powder” as sold in the US which is a spice mix and not that spicy.
3. Garam masala – Indian spice mix sold at large grocery stores nowadays. Sub with curry powder.
4. Fennel powder – This is simply ground fennel seeds. If you can only find fennel seeds, toast them carefully on a dry skillet. Then grind using a spice grinder or mortar and pestle. 1 tsp fennel seeds will roughly yield 1/2 tsp of fennel powder. If you cannot find either ground or whole fennel seeds, you can leave this out.
5. Tomato passata – Plain pureed tomato. In the US it’s called “tomato puree” – also what’s called “tomato sauce” is fine to use (eg Hunts) (Aussies/UK – do not use what we call tomato sauce!).
Substitute: 1 tbsp tomato paste mixed with 4 tbsp water + 1/2 tsp sugar. Or puree canned tomato and measure out 5 tbsp.
6. Lamb – shoulder is best, it’s marbled with fat so it’s beautifully juicy once slow cooked until fall apart tender. Trim big hunks of fat but leave some. You want 750g of lamb after trimming.
Do not use leg or other lean cut, it will be dry.
If using bone in, get one around 1.1 – 1.2kg then cut meat off the bone.
7. Cucumber Salad pictured in post – use this Herb & Garlic Cucumber Salad, but I cut the cucumber into thicker chunks (for juicier bites), skipped the herb & garlic (the curry has enough flavour!) and sprinkled with coriander.
8. Storage and reheating – Keeps up to 5 days in the fridge, or 3 months in the freezer. Like all stews and braises, it’s even better the next day! Reheat on the stove or in the microwave. If it seems a little thick, loosen with stock if you have some left, else just water. Adjust seasoning if required – sometimes they need a small salt bump the next day.

NUTRITION INFORMATION:

Calories: 381cal (19%)Carbohydrates: 16g (5%)Protein: 29g (58%)Fat: 23g (35%)Saturated Fat: 12g (75%)Cholesterol: 116mg (39%)Sodium: 828mg (36%)Potassium: 735mg (21%)Fiber: 5g (21%)Sugar: 5g (6%)Vitamin A: 1892IU (38%)Vitamin C: 4mg (5%)Calcium: 129mg (13%)Iron: 6mg (33%)

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