Lamb Rogan Josh Recipe

31 May

Delicious rich lamb curry made with onions and tomatoes, perfect with naan or rice and a Cobra beer.

Lamb Rogan Josh

Photo by michelle@TNS


  • 3 tbls butter
  • 1 kg cubed lamb steak
  • 1 tbls ground cumin
  • 1 tbls ground coriander
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 2 tsp minced ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 2-3 large onions, finely sliced
  • 1 tin chopped tomatos
  • 4 tomatoes, peeled, in quarters
  • 1 tbls tomato puree
  • 1/4 pint water
  • 1/4 pint low-fat natural bio yoghurt
  • 2 tsp of garam masala
  • 2 tbsl of chopped coriander

Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter and fry the meat on a medium heat in 2 to 3 batches until it browns, then put each batch to one side after frying.

Lower the heat and add the cumin, coriander, turmeric, chilli powder, ginger and garlic and fry for 30 seconds. Put the heat back up and the meat along with any juices. Fry for 3 to 4 minutes then add the onions. Fry for another 5 to 6 minutes stirring frequently.

Now add the tomatoes and tomato puree – stir and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the water and salt, bring to the boil, cover and simmer until the meat is tender (around 60 minutes).

Stir in the yoghurt and remove from the heat. In a separate pan melt 1 tablespoon of butter over a medium heat and add the garam masala, stir then add to the meat. Transfer a little meat gravy to the pan in which the garam masala was fried – stir thoroughly to ensure that any remaining garam masala and butter mixture is fully incorporated into the gravy and add this to the meat. Mix well. Stir in the coriander leaves.


4 Responses to “Lamb Rogan Josh Recipe”

  1. Andy Orme August 9, 2007 at 3:03 pm #

    How many people does this serve ? Also most other recipes I’ve looked at have had cardamom in them, just wondering why you have left it out?

    Kind regards Andy.

  2. Paul Lomax August 9, 2007 at 4:22 pm #

    Hi Andy,

    Depends how hungry you are – probably 4-6 servings.

    I’ve used cardamom in the past, but I think it can sometimes overpower the other flavours. Plus you have to remember to pick the husks out afterwards (count them in, count them out). Optional ingredient I guess.

    If you try it, let us know what you think.



  3. Sam Pendleton September 29, 2011 at 6:17 am #

    This is the best recipe for Lamb Rogan josh I have seen so we are going to give it a whirl tomorrow night, I’ll let you know how it goes.


  4. dan baker March 15, 2012 at 7:23 pm #

    Made this curry and it was great I’m only a beginner but found it quite easy.I did get worried half way through and thought it would taste to much of tomato so I added cayene,paprika and cinnamon and it came out fine.How could I make a vegetarian version of this ??

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