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Venison Curry – Authentic Venison Rogan Josh

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Venison Rogan Josh

Venison curry like this is perfect with Basmati rice or naans.



My rogan josh recipe made with venison! You’ve got to try this venison curry.

Rogan josh might normally be made with lamb or mutton but the sauce is good with many different main ingredients. You just don’t need a lot of fat to make amazing curries.

Lately I’ve been developing many new Indian recipes that are low in fat but still taste amazing. This venison curry is one of them

One thing I’ve been doing is cutting way back with the oil I use in addition to using less fatty cuts of meat.

Cooking with a lot of oil does make cooking easier but as long as you watch it closely while cooking, you can make curries that are just as good with very little oil.

This light venison rogan josh simply has to be tried!

What cuts?

I used venison osso bucco instead of lamb or mutton because it has about half fat and also delicious flavour. The only thing about using venison osso bucco for venison curry is that you have to cook it low and slow.

To become tender, this venison curry took over two hours to simmer but the result was worth the wait! Not only because of the super tender meat chunks but also the flavour of the slowly stewed meat sauce.

You could also use other cuts of venison that will cook faster. Just remember… Don’t rush things, it’s ready when it’s ready.

So this is a light recipe. I’m not on a diet!

I know there are a lot of people who don’t feel a low fat diet is necessary. That’s fine. Use more oil if you like and fattier cuts of meat. 

This recipe might be light but it was developed for flavour not lightness. I do hope you give this rogan josh venison curry a try regardless of your diet.

Special spice blends.

In the recipe you make a spice blend (garam masala).

This recipe makes about 4 1/2 tablespoons so you can cheat and use shop bought garam masala but the end result won’t be as tasty.

Making venison rogan josh

Venison osso bucco is perfect for this recipe but takes time to cook. The bones add delicious flavour.

Making venison rogan josh

Marinate the meat for 2 or more hours. The longer the better.

Making venison rogan josh

Toast the spices and then grind them to a fine powder.

Making venison rogan josh

Fry the onions until soft, lightly browned and translucent.

Making venison rogan josh

Brown the meat with the onions. Add a little water if needed.

Making venison rogan josh

Add the ground spice blend and the paprika. Stir well.

Making venison rogan josh

Add enough water to cover and simmer until the meat is tender. You may need to add more water during cooking.

Venison rogan josh


If you like this flavoursome venison curry, you might like to try some of these too!

Game Pickle Curry (Game Achaar)
Rabbit Curry
Pheasant Curry
Railway Lamb Curry
7 Ingredient Lamb Curry
Goan Lamb and Coconut Curry

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Venison Rogan Josh

Venison Rogan Josh
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes


  • 1 kilo venison osso bucco (about 800g meat without the bone)
  • 150g plain non-fat Greek yoghurt
  • 3 generous tbsp ground almonds
  • A pinch of saffron – about 10 threads
  • 3 tbsp garlic and ginger paste
  • 10 green cardamom pods – pods removed – makes 4 ½ tbsp
  • 1 x 5cm (2 inche) cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • 2 blades mace
  • 2 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 3 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp black peppercorns
  • 2 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 3 medium onions – finely chopped
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp sweet or hot paprika (you decide)
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste


  1. Whisk the yoghurt, ground almonds, one tbsp of the garlic and ginger paste and safron together. Cut the venison into small, bite-sized pieces and then add it to the marinade. Be sure the meat is covered in the marinade and leave to marinate for at least two hours. Overnight or up to three days would be even better.
  2. When ready to cook, dry roast the whole spices a frying pan until warm to the touch, fragrant but not yet smoking. Allow to cool and then grind them to a fine powder. Set aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a large saucepan or wok and fry the onions for about five minutes until translucent and lightly browned. Stir in the meat to brown it. If the onions and meat appear to be sticking to the pan, you can add one or two tablespoons of water. Don't be tempted to add more. You want to sear the meat but not boil it yet. Stir in the remaining garlic and ginger paste.
  4. Add the paprika, ground spice blend and the tomato paste and just enough water to cover. Simmer for about two hours or longer if necessary. You will know when the curry is ready because the meat will be fall apart gorgeous!
  5. Season with salt to taste to serve. I topped the curry with a homemade coriander and chilli raita. I simply blended 100g fresh coriander, two green chillies and the juice of one lime to a paste. Then I added it to about 200g non-fat yoghurt and seasoned with salt to taste.

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Wednesday 12th of October 2022

Hi Dan, does the whole 4 tbsp of the spice mix go into the recipe?


Friday 14th of October 2022

The recipe states that the whole spices make approx 4 1/2 tbsp of garam masala when ground, but I am unsure if the entire 4 1/2 tbsp are put into the recipe

Dan Toombs

Thursday 13th of October 2022

Everything listed in the recipe goes in but I don't see where I state to add 4 tbsp anything Thanks Dan


Monday 3rd of January 2022

Enjoyed the curry very much, good rich sauce and fragrant flavours. Used a slow cooker for 6 hours and a kilo of haunch trimmings. You could do to check your instructions as there’s no mention of the garlic and ginger after the marinade. I assumed it’s in with the onions :-)

Dan Toombs

Tuesday 11th of January 2022

Great you enjoyed it. You assumed correctly so I will alter the recipe. Thanks very much. Dan

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