Rogan Josh (Indian Lamb Curry)

This lamb curry takes a while, but works well and the masala was fun. Garnish with cilantro.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 50 mins
4 servings


Masala Seasoning:

  • 1 tablespoon shredded coconut

  • 1 teaspoon whole coriander seeds

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds

  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds

  • 12 peppercorns

  • 6 whole cloves

  • ¼ cup water

  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 (1 inch) piece fresh ginger, chopped

  • 5 tablespoons ghee

  • 1 medium onion, diced

  • 5 cardamom pods, seeds removed and crushed

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric

  • ½ teaspoon garam masala

  • teaspoon ground mace

  • teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes

  • ¼ cup plain yogurt

  • 1 ½ pounds mutton, cubed

  • ¼ cup water


  1. Make masala seasoning by combining coconut, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, poppy seeds, peppercorns, and cloves in a dry, heavy skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir until toasted and golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.

  2. Transfer toasted seeds to a blender. Add 1/4 cup water, garlic, and ginger. Blend until combined and set aside.

  3. Heat ghee in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and crushed cardamom seeds. Cook and stir until onions are golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in reserved masala seasoning, salt, chili powder, turmeric, garam masala, mace, and nutmeg; cook for 5 minutes.

  4. Stir in crushed tomatoes; cook for 5 minutes. Add yogurt; cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add mutton and remaining 1/4 cup water. Reduce heat to low and cook until mutton is tender, 1 to 2 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

373 Calories
25g Fat
11g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 373
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 13g 67%
Cholesterol 122mg 41%
Sodium 737mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 10mg 49%
Calcium 96mg 7%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 517mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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