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25 August, 2014

Rogan josh

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Ever since i came to the United States, and i started my curry odyssey here, i haven’t been able to find good Indian food. When i eat good Indian food from a great restaurant in India, food so good i can absolutely be sure that no one on earth is having better Indian food than i am at that moment. Meaning there is no room for improvement. Its been a long time i went to India, and just the thought of Rogan Josh, or a lamb curry ignites a longing inside me. Whatever Indian food I’ve had here doesn’t make me feel fully satisfied. I don’t know if the restaurants are just focusing on the profit and skimping on quality, but a Rogan josh i get here has little resemblance to what i get in India. When you go to India, you’ll understand that all of the things you think you know about Indian food is completely wrong. A good curry is not something that’s searingly hot that you can have over a couple of pints of beer. I mean, if i were in India right now, i would go to a restaurant and i would eat rogan josh, kofta curry, parathas, biryani and then i would WADDLE OVER to the next restaurant and eat a nice crispy dosa, and sambhar, and idli, and vada. But i can’t do that right now, so i decided to make an extremely delicious rogan josh at home, and enjoy it with warm naan bread, all made from scratch, of course.

An authentic Rogan josh is lamb/chicken marinated in a mixture of spice powders, seared in cardamoms, cloves, and cinnamon, and braised in a caramelized onion gravy.

You will need the following ingredients:

For marinating the meat:

Cornish hen/Chicken/Lamb2 kg/3-4 lbs

Fresh garlic paste1 tablespoon

Ground cumin1 1/2-2 teaspoons

Ground ginger1 1/2 teaspoons

Kashmiri Red chilli powder1/2 teaspoon

Paprika1/2 teaspoon

Coriander powder2 teaspoons

Nutmega good pinch

For the gravy:

Ghee5-6 tablespoons


Green cardamoms2

Black cardamoms2

Bay leaves2

Cinnamon stick1 medium size stick

Browned/caramelized onion paste3/4 – 1 cup

Fennel powder3/4 teaspoon

Kasuri methi/Dried fenugreek leavesa palmful

Fresh chopped cilantroa palmful

Thick yogurt2-3 tablespoons

SaltTo taste

I have 2 Cornish hens which i have skinned…
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…and butchered to curry-size pieces.
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Put the pieces into a mixing bowl, and add all the ingredients for marinating the chicken, hen, whatever..
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Next chop about 2 very large red onions, and put it in a skillet with some oil, and let the onions cook in high heat until the water in the onions evaporate.
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Then turn the fire to low-medium flame, add about 1/2 teaspoon of sugar and let the onions slowly cook until it caramelizes and turns into a nice brown color and is sweet. DO NOT let it burn.
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When the onions cool, grind them into a paste and keep aside.
Next, add ghee to a pan, and add the cloves, cinnamon, bay leaves, and cardamom, and saute until you get the aroma of the spices.
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Then add the chicken, salt and asafoetida, and stir to combine everything with the ghee and the spices..
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Add the brown onion paste, and stir to combine…let it cook for 5 minutes..
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Add some water to thin out the gravy and let it cook for another 5-6 minutes.
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Add fennel powder…
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add the yogurt and chopped cilantro, and stir.
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Finally add kasuri methi, stir again and let the whole thing simmer for 5 minutes.
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Remove it from the flame, and drizzle a little yogurt on top. Serve hot with chapathi, naan, paratha, or steamed basmati rice.
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