Rogan Josh

Rogan Josh with a twist!!!

Rogan Josh is from Kashmir, meaning  cooked in oil at high heat. Tradionally Rogan josh is a Lamb dish cooked with Kashmiri chillies which gives the red color to the curry. But I made a twist by swapping Chicken for Mutton. I have also cooked Rogan josh with Mutton. But I couldn’t find any big difference in the taste of the curry except the meat. The gravy is enriched with all kind of spices and curd is added to lessen the intense taste of red chillies. I make most of the non veg dishes in my pressure cooker to get a well blended gravy. You could also use skillet, but cooking time varies little longer than the pressure cooker. This recipe is adapted from Hawkin’s recipe book.

Servings: 2
Cooker time: 10 mins
Preparation time : 20 mins
Level: Moderate


Mutton / Chicken 500 gm
Vegetable Oil  1/4 cup
Bay leaves  2
Cinnamon  2 ½ cm stick
Green cardamoms  2
Onions  200 gm
Tomatoes  150 gm
Turmeric powder  1 Tsp
Red chilli powder  1 Tbsp
Curd beaten ¾ cup
Salt  as required

Roast and Grind:

Coriander seeds  1 Tbsp
Cumin seeds  2 Tsp
Poppy seeds  1/2 Tbsp
Almonds  10
Brown cardamoms peeled 1
Peppercorns  ¼ Tsp
Cloves  2
Mace  a pinch
Whole dry red kashmiri chillies  3
Ginger  15 gm
Garlic  5 flakes
Nutmeg grated A pinch


1. In a pan, roast together coriander seeds, cumin seeds, poppy seeds, shelled almonds, brown cardamoms, peppercorns, cloves, mace and grind to a paste along with whole chillies, ginger, garlic and nutmeg adding little water.
2. Heat oil in cooker. Add bay leaves, cinnamon and green cardamoms. Stir for a few seconds.
3. Add onions and fry till golden brown.
4. Add ground paste, tomatoes, turmeric and chilli powders. Stir.
5. Add 1/3rd of the curd and stir fry till curd is well blended. Do the same for remaining curd .Stir fry till oil shows separately.
6. Add meat and salt. Stir fry for 5-10 minutes.
7. Add 1/4 cup of water and mix well
8. Close cooker. Bring to full pressure on high heat. After the first whistle reduce heat and cook for 10 minutes.
9. Remove cooker from heat. Allow to cool naturally.
10. Open cooker, transfer to serving bowl and garnish with cilantro.


1. Goes well with nan, chapathi or pulao
2. If you are using chicken reduce the frying time from 10 to 5 mins ( see no.6 in method)

3. You can also substitute cashewnut instead of almond.

3 thoughts on “Rogan Josh

  1. Hi Prabha .. i tried this receipe today with a little twist and it came out very well .. I added a little coconut and cashews with the spices and reduced the amount of curd.. i really like the way you present your receipies and they way u explain it ..Keep posting 🙂

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