Indian Rogan Josh Recipe

Rogan josh is a classic Indian dish that originates in the North Indian state of Kashmir. The traditional dish is made with a combination of lamb, garam masala, yogurt, paprika, fennel and other spices. Rogan josh is best served with basmati rice, naan or chapatis. This recipe is a delicious and easy way to make a delectable Indian dinner that could rival any restaurant’s version.


  • 2 pounds of lamb, diced
  • 1 teaspoon of fennel
  • 3 tablespoons of Kashmiri red chile powder
  • 2 tablespoons of coriander powder
  • 3 tablespoons of yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • 2 tablespoons of garam masala
  • 5 cloves of garlic, crushed or chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 cup of canned tomato sauce
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste


  • In a medium bowl, combine the fennel, red chile powder, coriander powder, 2 tablespoons of yogurt, turmeric powder, and 1 tablespoon of the garam masala. Stir the spices together into a paste.
  • Add the lamb to the paste and mix together until all of the meat is coated. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook for about 5 minutes until softened.
  • Add the garlic and ginger to the same skillet, and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Add the lamb to the skillet, and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring often. Once the lamb is cooked through, add the tomato sauce.
  • Reduce the heat to low, and simmer the dish for 25 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened and the lamb has taken on a rich, red color. Stir in the remaining garlic and garam masala.
  • Season the dish with salt and black pepper, then remove from the heat. Serve hot over basmati rice, naan bread, or chapatis.

Rogan josh is an easy and flavorful dish to add to your Indian cooking repertoire. Enjoy the classic flavor of Kashmir with every bite, and you’ll soon discover why this dish is a favorite among so many. And, as a bonus, you won’t need a lot of complicated ingredients to bring the delicious dish to life. Enjoy!