Exploring the Aromatic Delights of Rogan Josh: A Journey to the Flavors of Kashmir

Oct 21, 2023 | Main Courses


For me, the dish Rogan Josh brings back memories of a trip to the beautiful land of Kashmir, nestled amidst the towering Himalayas. It was during my visit to this enchanting region that I first encountered the aromatic and flavorsome delights of this iconic Kashmiri dish. The history and traditions surrounding Rogan Josh fascinated me, and I was eager to learn more about its origins.

The Origins of Rogan Josh:

Rogan Josh, which translates to “red juice” in Persian, has its roots in Persian cuisine. It was brought to India by the Mughals, who were known for their opulent gastronomic culture. The dish was initially developed as a slow-cooked lamb curry, indulgently flavored with fragrant spices and fiery red chilies.

Spices for Rogan Josh


  • 500g lamb, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, grated
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 green cardamom pods
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder (adjust according to desired spice level)
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh cilantro leaves for garnish

Rogan Josh being cooked


Step 1: Marinating the Meat

Marinating the meat

  1.  In a bowl, combine the yogurt, minced garlic, grated ginger, Kashmiri red chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, and salt.
  2. Add the lamb pieces to the marinade and mix well, ensuring each piece is evenly coated.
  3. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight for the flavors to develop.

Step 2: Cooking the Rogan Josh

  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat.
  2. Add the chopped onions and sauté until golden brown. This will take about 8-10 minutes.
  3. Once the onions are caramelized, add the bay leaves, green cardamom pods, and cinnamon sticks. Sauté for another minute to release their aromatic flavors.
  4. Add the marinated lamb pieces to the pan and cook until they are lightly browned on all sides. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
  5. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pan, and let the lamb simmer in its own juices for about 1-2 hours or until tender. Add water if necessary to prevent drying out.
  6. Once the lamb is tender, remove the lid and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes to reduce the gravy slightly and enhance the richness of the flavors.
  7. Taste and adjust the seasoning according to your preference.

Tips and Variations:

  • For a vegetarian twist, you can substitute the lamb with paneer or tofu and follow the same recipe. The result will be a delicious paneer/tofu Rogan Josh that vegetarians and meat-lovers alike will enjoy.
  • To make the dish spicier, you can increase the amount of Kashmiri red chili powder or add chopped green chilies.
  • Serve Rogan Josh with steamed basmati rice, naan, or even crusty bread to soak up the delightful gravy.

The exquisite flavors and distinct aroma of Rogan Josh make it a dish that truly captures the essence of Kashmiri cuisine. Whether you’re exploring the flavors of India or simply looking to indulge your taste buds in a culinary adventure, Rogan Josh is sure to leave a lasting impression. So, step into your kitchen, unleash your inner chef, and savor the magic of this iconic dish from the valleys of Kashmir!

Remember, cooking is a creative journey, so feel free to experiment with the spices and adjust the recipe to suit your taste. And don’t forget to share your culinary experiences and variations in the comments below. Happy cooking!

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 gingerbread cookieServings Per Recipe 24

Amount Per Serving
Calories 120
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 140mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 9g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 2% Iron 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories: 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
Saturated Fat Less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300 mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g 375g
Dietary Fiber 25g 30g
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