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Sunday, 8 September 2013

Rogan Josh/ Lamb in red gravy (Kahmiri Pandit style)…Colour me Red!!!

Rogan Josh/ Lamb in red gravy (Kashmiri Pandit style)specifying which style as there are innumerable versions of this dish: Kashmiri Pandit, Wazwaan, Pakistani, Persian, North Indian and even BritishJ...every style of cooking has varying ingredients and ways of cookingthis is my version, adapted over the last of couple of years and finally settled on with a combination of the recipes from Sarla Razdan’s book Kashmiri Cuisine and Anshie Dhar’s blog Spiceroots



Rogan Josh/ Lamb in red gravy (Kashmiri Pandit style)


Ingredients:

  • Lamb/ Mutton (Goat meat), on the bone, preferably from the leg, 500 gms (or boneless 750 gms)
  • Heeng/Asafoetida, ¼ tsp
  • Cloves, 3-4
  • Black cardamom, 1, crushed
  • Cinnamon, 1” piece
  • Plain Curd/Plain Yogurt, ¼ cup
  • Kashmiri Red Chili Powder, 2 tsp (this is what gives the curry its red colour)
  • Sonth/Dry Ginger powder, ¾ tsp
  • Saunf/Fennel powder, 1 ½ tsp
  • Salt, to taste
  • Green Cardamom, 2, crushed
  • Cumin powder, 1 tsp
  • Mustard Oil, ¼ cup (or use ghee…if any of these two are not an option for you, use any flavor less oil of your choice)
  • Water, 2-3 tablespoons + 1 cup + more boiling water if needed



Instructions:


This is typically made with Lamb meat but that is tough  to source here so I substitute with Mutton i.e. goat meat. Ideally should be made with pieces on the bone as meat on the bone adds flavor to the curry but if boneless is what you prefer, pls. go ahead and use that.

Wash and clean the meat. Squeeze out the water completely and then pat dry the mutton pieces with paper towels. (there are people who say one should never wash the meat but just wipe it with a soft wet cloth but I have always seen everyone at home washing and cleaning the meat and hence so do Igo with what you think best, just make sure  that the meat is dry before you start cooking)

Whisk the curd well and ensure it is at room temperature.

Heat oil in a wide heavy bottom pan. (if using mustard oil, please do smoke and then cool the oil first; if using ghee or any other oil , please don’t let it smoke). Add asafetida, cloves and black cardamom. After about 10-15 seconds, increase the heat to high and add in the meat. We need to let the meat brown on all sides – don’t stir around too much, let it brown on one side for 2-3 minutes and then around to brown on the other side.

Once the meat is nice and brown on all sides, lower the heat and add the curd. Stir well till the curd almost evaporates.

Add the Kashmiri chili powder and stir so that the chili powder coats the meat. Add 2-3 tablespoons of water to prevent the chilies from burning (all this, still at low flame)

Once the oil starts to separate, add dry ginger powder and fennel seed powder. Stir well and add a cup of water.

Increase the heat and let the water come to a boil. Once it boils, add salt and lower the heat again.

Cover and cook on low flame till the meat is tender and you can see a layer of oil separated from the gravy.  (Cooking time will depend on the quality of the meat – for the meat that we get here, takes about an hour for meat on the bone and about half an hour for boneless meat. Do remember to stir occasionally to ensure the spices don’t stick to the bottom of the pan. And when you open the cover to give a stir, add some boiling water if you think it is getting too dry.

Add the crushed green cardamoms and cumin powder, mix well. Let it simmer for a couple of minutes.

If you can, let it rest for a couple of hours before serving

Serve with steamed rice.



8 comments:

  1. Wowo super delicious looking. We get lamb but we don't get goat and i think this dish one had to make with goat. Wish i had this with rice or roties.

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    1. Hey Finla. Thanks. Kashmiri dishes are typically made with lamb - so pls. do go ahead with lamb :-)
      Thank you for dropping by

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  2. wow ,it looks so fabulous,sema clicks .it is really tempting.

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  3. lovely recipe dear and u have shared so many tips i think its very easy for those ppl who don't know how to cook food,,,,,,,,,great job dear

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  4. this looks simply superb ! I've been searching for a recipe for Rogan Josh will give this a shot ! Lovely Clicks !

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  5. Wow, so many versions of this recipe!! Must be great tasting..

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  6. were is the ratanjot is added in this recepe ?

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    1. I didn't use ratanjot, as it is not a must ingredient for Rogan Josh. It is used only to five a bright red color to the Rogan Josh but has nothing to do with any flavor. Moreover, it is carcinogenic - would strongly suggest that you avoid using it.

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