Rogan josh – usually but not always made with lamb, is an Indian restaurant classic.
This rogan josh recipe is simply delicious and exactly as I have seen it made at so many popular curry houses! I have been making this for years and though I love more authentic Indian recipes, there is something about a UK curry house rogan josh.
With more authentic Indian rogan josh cooking methods, this curry needs to slowly simmer for a few hours. It needs to in order for the meat to become tender and to flavour the sauce.
With British curry house style cooking, rogan josh can be whipped up much faster. That said, there is some forward preparation to do.
The idea behind curry house style cooking, like this rogan josh, is to get the curries out to the customers in minutes while make the curry taste like it has been slowly simmering for hours.
The secret to an amazing rogan josh using curry house methods.
To make cooking faster at curry houses, a base curry sauce is used. The base curry sauce is great because it can be made in large batches. It freezes really well so you can quickly make your favourite curry in minutes whenever you’re getting the curry takeaway craving.
You can check out my authentic curry house style base curry sauce here. As I explain in my base sauce recipe, the sauce can be pimped up by adding different meat or vegetable stocks to it but it is usually just made with vegetables and water.
Another secret is pre-cooked meat. If chefs at Indian restaurants didn’t pre-cook the meat, it would take much longer to get the curries out to the table and your bill would be much higher too. I have a pre-cooked meat recipe here which is perfect for this rogan josh.
What main ingredient should I use in a rogan josh?
Authentic rogan josh originated in the Kashmir region of India where mutton is the meat of choice. ‘rogan josh’ translates as red meat and this curry is famous for the use of red meat and the fact that the sauce is quite red in colour.
At curry houses, however it is all about the sauce. A rogan josh can be ordered with lamb, chicken, vegetables, prawns, minced meat, panner for example. When you are making this rogan josh curry at home, you can add the main ingredient of your choice.
In this recipe I use lamb as that is what I prefer but use what you like. You’re making it… make it the way you want.
Here are some more curry house favourites you might like to try!
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Be sure to stop back by and let me know how you like the restaurant style lamb rogan josh!
My base curry sauce can be used as a base for many different restaurant style curries – spicy to mild.
Think of the base sauce as a vegetable stock. It does not have a lot of flavour on its own but when you add different spices and ingredients to it from my recipes, you will find that classic Indian takeaway flavour.