Rogan Josh is an aromatic and rich Kashmiri dish with a Persian origin. The dish has a tomato base and best served with naan to scoop up the gravy. Here’s my recipe for cooking it at home. This recipe is for 2 people.
500 grams of meat, cubed – traditionally you would use lamb for the dish, but I’ve used beef as it’s all I had on hand at the time. Mutton, hogget and even venison can be used.
4 green cardamom pods
2cm stick of cinnamon
1 tsp turmeric
2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp smoked paprika
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 cm knob of ginger, minced
2 large tomatoes, cut into thin segments
1 medium onion, minced
1 cup of tomato passata (unflavoured, crushed tomatoes – using 2/3 cup of tomato puree or 4 tbsp of tomato paste mixed into 1 cup of water can also work, if you can’t get your hands on passata)
2 tbsp of plain yoghurt
4 tbsp of vegetable oil for cooking
Start by covering your meat with the yoghurt – this breaks down the meat and makes it more tender. Leave for at least a couple of hours, but overnight is best. To get a richer flavour, you can add some ground cumin to the yoghurt and meat.
Start frying your onions and whole spices in the oil over a medium heat – allow the onions to go translucent. I’m cooking everything in my pressure cooker, but it can equally be done on the stovetop.
Add the ground spices and tomatoes and mix into a spice mix. Cook for about 4 minutes to get all the spices infused in to the onions.
Add in your passata/puree/water & tomato paste – add in a little extra water if the mixture feels dry – it should be a decent gravy, but not too thin.
Time to throw in your meat and yoghurt. You can also add in some bayleaves at this point, if you want an earthier flavour.
Pressure cook at a medium/high temperature for 10 mins or leave to cook on the stovetop on a medium heat for 40 mins. If you’re cooking on the stovetop, then make sure the mix doesn’t dry out and keep topping up with a little water.
Pressure cooking leaves the meat beautifully tender, very quickly but one of the negatives of pressure cooking is that it can leave the sauce a little thin. Keep cooking, uncovered, to thicken the sauce – the lower the heat and longer the cooking time, the richer the sauce will become. A Rogan Josh cooked slowly overnight is AMAZING, but it’s rare that people have time for this.
Serve with basmati and naan. Enjoy!