Lamb Rogan Josh

This Lamb Rogan Josh is heavily influenced by Kashmiri versions, it is richly spiced with complimentary and complex flavours and plenty of chili!

Portrait close up image of a lamb rogan josh curry served in a copper coated curry bowl with a naan bread

Lamb Rogan Josh.

You all knew that it would not be long before I got a curry on my site in 2018. This Lamb Rogan Josh is brought to you by some good fortune after spending some time out shopping between Christmas and New Year. You know me and shopping, never enjoyed bt this made me smile!

I love lamb and it is incredibly expensive and difficult to find here in Hungary. I’m definitely worth it though and given the popularity of my lamb madras recipe I know you guys like my lamb curries too!

Rogan Josh likely began as a Persian dish. Although as a Brit with a penchant for British Indian food then my love is for a Kashmiri style lamb rogan josh.

There is another lamb curry from my wee lamb stash heading your way in the next week or so. Make sure you check out my keema matar recipe! The joys of not having the monster Christmas dinner means that I am not a prisoner of the 14 kilos of leftover turkey that typified my childhood!

I swear sometimes we were still eating the stuff in February.

Portrait overhead image of a lamb rogan josh curry served in a copper coated curry bowl with a naan bread

What Is A Rogan Josh Curry?

The good old Rogan Josh has many names, roghan josh or roghan ghosht and of course Rogan Josh. It is typically made from Lamb or mutton, but in the inimitable style of the British Indian Curry house it is available with a whole host of options.

My favourite is lamb or even better mutton, but regular readers will know of my love of lamb in just about everything! Like almost all of my Indian Recipes, this lamb curry is very much a nod to the British Indian Curry that I grew up with.

I have opted for kashmiri chili peppers in this version of lamb rogan josh. Typically it would have been made with dried and then soaked red chili, this gives it the classic red colour. Unfortunately my dried chili stash this year is very poor. I’m also guessing most of you do not have them hanging around.

You can of course use other chili powders, naturally they will all influence the flavour of the dish but that is not a bad thing!

Portrait image of a lamb rogan josh curry served in a copper coated curry bowl with a naan bread

Coming Your Way in 2018!

So what does 2018 have in store for me, who knows? I’m having far too much fun to plan to do other stuff! In the coming weeks, we have a wedding anniversary to celebrate and a 10 year one at that…

Food, of course, will play a huge part in that! We are planning a trip to one of the restaurants we have been keeping an eye on for a while.

A week after we have friends coming to visit and a night away in Budapest. Food will play a very different role in that though! It will likely be a kebab after consuming an obscene amount of alcohol.

2018 also marks our 10th anniversary in Hungary. Yup we both got married and emigrated in the same year. Crazy maybe but we seem to be doing relatively ok out of it.

Apart from that another 100 recipes or so for you hungry people. A garden full of veggies and more strolling around the Hungarian countryside!

Landscape image of a lamb rogan josh curry served in a copper coated curry bowl with a naan bread
Lamb Rogan Josh

Lamb Rogan Josh

Yield: 2 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Lamb Rogan Josh is an all time favourite dish of mine an Indian curry of Persian origin that has become much more well know as a Kashmiri dish.


  • 500 g Lamb, I use boneless shoulder cut into 2.5cm cubes
  • 100 ml Yoghurt
  • 1 Pinch Saffron, Optional
  • 25 g Ginger
  • 25 g Garlic
  • 1 Star Anise
  • 6 Green Cardamom Pods
  • 1 Black Cardamom Pod
  • 4 Cloves
  • 1 Blade Mace
  • 1 Tsp Black Pepper Corns
  • 2 Tbsp Cooking Oil, Neutral
  • 150 g Onion, Sliced into thin half moon shapes
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 Tsp Kashmiri Chili Powder
  • 1 Tsp Ground Coriander
  • 1 Tsp Ground Turmeric
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Tomato Puree


  1. Take the yoghurt and mix in the saffron and then use to marinade the lamb over night.
  2. Blitz together the ginger and garlic with a little water to form a paste (you can use pre-bought garlic and ginger paste) and stir half of it through the lamb and yoghurt mix the morning before making the curry.
  3. Add the cardamom pods, black pepper corns, cloves, mace and star anise to a dry pan and toast off over a medium high heat for 3-4 minutes.
  4. When toasted grind these spices in a coffee grinder or a pestle and mortar.
  5. Reduce the heat in the pan to medium and add the cooking oil and when it is warm add in the spice mix we just ground and cook off until it begins to become fragrant.
  6. Add in the onions, ground cumin and ground cinnamon along with the remaining garlic and ginger paste then cook until golden brown, this should take 15-20 minutes.
  7. Throw in the lamb and the marinade to the pan with the Kashmiri chili powder, turmeric and ground coriander and cook for 10 minutes making sure you keep it moving as it will want to stick to the pan. This is normal and helps build flavour.
  8. After 10 minutes add in the tomato puree and 50ml of water and stir, reduce the heat to low and allow to slowly cook for 25 minutes.


Not serving this with a naan bread would be an absolute crime 😉

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 1046 Total Fat: 70g Saturated Fat: 24g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 40g Cholesterol: 245mg Sodium: 898mg Carbohydrates: 38g Fiber: 7g Sugar: 11g Protein: 69g
Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

Readers Comments

22 thoughts on “Lamb Rogan Josh”

    • If you mean not saucy enough for you then that is definitely me, none of my curries are swimming in sauce, I like just enough and not too much, but you can increase the sauce fairly simply if that is what you like.

  1. Another hit Brian! Loved the spice combination, it worked perfectly. I did have a very small bit leftover from a big dinner, but only because I think my evil eye said to leave that for me to relish tomorrow!

    • I do hope that was breakfast, I love curry left overs for breakfast 😀 So glad you liked it always a winner shame lamb is so difficult for me to find 🙁

        • I honestly have no idea although I suspect it is economic, Hungary is one of the poorer nations in the EU and it is probably ore profitable to send the lamb to our wealthier neighbours than try and sell it in a market that would not support the price.

  2. I loved Josh Rogan in that movie with James Franco … is what I always think whenever I have Rogan Josh. I know, I know, I’m confusing Josh Rogan the guitarist with Seth Rogan the actor with this Indian dish. But I digress. What I really want to say is, man, your photographs of this dish are far and away the most beautiful things I’ve seen in, well, maybe forever. I mean, wow! Stunning.

    • Dude that is far too kind, so glad you like them! In other news I am now trying to sort out ym josh’s and Rogan’s and even rosh jogans!

  3. This dish looks better than many I’ve seen served in the restaurants! Beautiful work! And happy anniversary, what a milestone to celebrate!

  4. Congratulations on your 10 years.
    This recipe speaks volumes of flavours and deliciousness. Lamb is such a great meat to use in curry, I always think it absorbs the flavours so well and ends up deliciously tender. Such a great dish for these colder months, a lovely warming supper.

  5. Wow this looks so good. I love absolutely love Indian but I don’t make it anywhere near enough. I’m making this on the weekend for sure!

  6. One of my absolute favorite Indian dishes is Lamb Rogan Josh. I could eat this with a spoon though it does taste awesome with garlic naan. Love the pretty color you have on this Brian. yum!

    • I always take my Naan plain although my wife loves garlic naan, but yes naan bread is essential ith a curry like this as far as I am concerned 😉

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