Lamb in Fragrant Garlic Cream Sauce (Rogan Josh)

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“A friend of mine made me this dish, and I was so in love with it she bought me a copy of the book she got it from, Classic Indian Cooking by Julie Sahni. Don't be intimidated by this recipe - it is really very simple, if time consuming, but once you taste it - oh! It's so worth it! Serve with other Indian-inspired side dishes or basmati rice and a simple sauteed spinach dish.”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Put the ingredients for the marinade except the ghee into a food processor and blend until finely pureed.
  2. Pour the marinade over the lamb, the pour the ghee over it.
  3. Mix thoroughly to coat the lamb pieces, then cover and let the meat marinate at least 1/2 hour at room temperature, or 2 hours in the fridge.
  4. Transfer the meat and the marinade into a large dutch oven.
  5. Bring the contents to a boil over med-low heat, reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the lamb is very tender (about 2-2 1/2 hours depending on the quality of the meat).
  6. Stir frequently to prevent the sauce's sticking to the bottom of the pan and burning.
  7. Heat the 4 tbl ghee in a small frying pan on high heat.
  8. When it is very hot, add the garlic, and fry for 15 seconds stirring very rapidly.
  9. Add the cardamom, cumin, and garam masala.
  10. As soon as the spices begin to sizzle and become fragrant (3-5 seconds), turn off the heat and pour the spiced butter and spices over the meat.
  11. Add the cream and stir to combine the ingredients.
  12. Allow the lamb to then rest at room temperature for 2 hours.
  13. When ready to serve, taste for salt, then reheat the meat until piping hot and serve.
  14. Note: sometimes too much moisture evaporates during cooking which causes the ghee to separate from the sauce; If that happens, add a little milk or water, a tbl at a time, until the fat is re-incorporated back into the dish; Don't degrease since the ghee is a flavoring for the dish.
  15. Note 2- Rogan Josh improves in flavor with keeping, so I usually make it the day or two before I plan to serve it; It will keep in the fridge for 3 days, and freezes well.
  16. Note 3- serve with basmati rice.

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