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Try this fantastic dish from Kashmir that has its origins from Persia. Spicy and rich rogan josh is an easy Indian dish to prepare in your dutch oven or slow cooker. The mixture of spices is what gives this amazing spicy lamb stew its deep, rich, and aromatic taste. I used my homemade garam masala as well as other spices. If you like curry dishes you will love this dish. | ethnicspoon.com
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Spicy Lamb Stew: Rogan Josh

A spicy, aromatic, and hearty lamb stew from the Kashmir region India and is of Persian origin. Rogan Josh is infused with the flavors of cardamom, ginger, garam masala, cloves, and cayenne pepper. A perfect dish for any occasion.

Course Main dish
Cuisine Indian
Keyword easy stew, Kashmir dish, lamb stew, slow cook
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings: Change to adjust-> 8 servings
Calories 374 kcal


Ginger Paste:

  • 2 Tbsp. ginger fresh, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed

Aromatic Bouquet:

Spice Mixture:

Other Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. lamb cubed (optional: beef cubes or stew beef)
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 shallots minced
  • 1 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaves

Optional: Cilantro and fresh chopped tomatoes for garnish.


Make the ginger paste:

  1. In a small bowl mash together the ginger, water, and garlic to create a thick paste. You can mash it with a fork or a mortar and pestle work well also.

Prepare the spices:

  1. Place cardamom pods, peppercorns, cloves and cinnamon stick in a piece of cheesecloth and tie tightly with twine. This aromatic bouquet will be added to the cooking pan later.

  2. In another small bowl, prepare the spice mixture by mixing together cumin, garam masala, coriander, cayenne and cinnamon.

Prepare the lamb:

  1. Heat oil on medium in a large pot or braising pan. Add in the lamb cubes turning over to brown on all sides. Add the shallots and ginger paste then cook until the shallots are translucent. Sprinkle with salt and the spice mixture.

  2. Mix the tomato paste and then the water until well blended into the pan. Add the aromatic bouquet, and the bay leaves.

  3. Reduce heat to low and cover. Cook for approximately 30 minutes until the lamb is quite tender.

  4. Remove the cheese cloth with the spices before serving. Garnish with tomato, cilantro and serve with rice or naan bread.

Recipe Notes

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • How long can I save the rogan josh? Once it has completely cooled, you can store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days in an airtight container.
  • Can I freeze this rogan josh? Yes, you must completely cool the rogan josh before freezing. Store in airtight containers for up to 4-6 months. For single servings, freeze portions in a muffin tin and pop out the frozen rounds and store in freezer bags.
  • How do I reheat the rogan josh? Reheat the rogan josh in the microwave for 2-3 minutes and stop to stir every 30-45 seconds until hot. Once reheated do not cool and store again in the refrigerator, consume it right away. So only reheat the amount you will consume.
  • Can I make this in the slow cooker? Sure, you can add all the ingredients to a slow cooker then stir it really well to combine the spices and sauce. Set the slow cooker on high for 4-6 hours. Check the lamb to see if it is fork tender and then it is done.


Nutrition Facts
Spicy Lamb Stew: Rogan Josh
Amount Per Serving
Calories 374 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 82mg27%
Sodium 342mg15%
Potassium 378mg11%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 230IU5%
Vitamin C 5.6mg7%
Calcium 46mg5%
Iron 2.8mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.