Since returning home to KL, I have only found a couple of restaurants that serve rogan josh. I finally summoned up enough courage to try making this curry at home and to my delight, it turned out really well. This curry was surprisingly very easy to make - it just requires some time to simmer down to a lovely consistency. I would advise making this at least 6 hours in advance (I made mine at 10am and served it for dinner) to give the flavours a chance to develop.
To complete our Indian-themed dinner, Hubby was given the task of making the naan bread to go with the rogan josh, and I also made some mango lassi. Rogan josh is a pretty mild curry, fragrant and packed full of flavour, so even the kids loved this a lot. The meat was really tender too. This recipe yields an authentic-tasting rogan josh, just like the ones we used to have in British Indian restaurants. Absolutely fantastic!
I was glad to see my whole family enjoying this, and both my husband and mum hailed this as "the best curry they have ever had" - such high praise, it definitely put me on cloud-nine. Would I make it again? Definitely YES!
Thumbs up from Baby C! She had 2 naan breads to soak up the lovely curry sauce
It's OK to have a curry moustache ;D
Lamb Rogan Josh
Recipe adapted from Food & Wine - Chef Vikram Sunderam
Preparation time: 15 - 20 minutes
Cooking time: 1 1/2 - 2 hours
1/4 cup canola oil
900g boneless lamb (or mutton) shoulder, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 onions, thinly sliced (about 3 cups)
2 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp plus 1 tsp Madras curry powder
1 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 bay leaves
14-oz can tomato puree
1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
2 cups water
1 tsp garam masala
Cilantro leaves, for garnish
Basmati rice and warm naan, for serving
1. In a large, enameled cast-iron casserole, heat the oil. Season the lamb with salt and cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until the lamb is browned, about 8-10 minutes. Once browned, transfer to a plate using a slotted spoon.
Madras Curry Powder contains a blend of spices such as coriander, cumin, turmeric, chilli powder, red lentils, bay leaf, cardamom, fenugreek powder, cloves and more.
2. Add the onions to the casserole and cook over moderate heat until lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Add the ginger, garlic, Madras curry powder, turmeric, cayenne pepper and bay leaves and cook for 2 minutes. Add the tomato, yogurt and water and bring to a boil. Season with salt.
3. Return the lamb and any juices to the casserole. Cover partially and simmer over low heat until the lamb is very tender and sauce has reduced to a thick-ish consistency, about 1 - 1 1/2 hours. Stir in the garam masala; cook for 5 minutes. Discard the bay leaves. Garnish with cilantro. Serve with rice or naan. Leftovers can be stored overnight in the fridge and reheated before serving.
Note: Madras curry powder can be purchased at Jaya Grocer if you are living in Malaysia. It can easily be purchased at any supermarkets in UK. If you want it to cook faster, then you can reduce the water to 1 cup and reduce cooking time to 1 hour.
Mango lassi to complete the experience
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*This recipe was featured on Asian Food Channel's Facebook page on 1 November 2014.