Jul 042012

Between Nihari Ghost and Roghan Josh, it’s Nihari Ghost for me hands down.

But for the husband and the rest of the family members whom i cooked for, Roghan Josh was good enough for them. No much difference between the two, so says Darcy who tasted both my mutton dish. But in my humble opinion, the difference was Nihari Ghost is much tastier. More spices and ingredients were used, you see and of course, not forgetting, Nihari Ghost took me an entire day to cook (with my helper’s help too). But for a quick fix of mutton curry, it’s gonna be Roghan Josh definitely. Anyway, i’ve sworn off cooking Nihari Ghost for now.. so, thank gawwwdd the family loves Roghan Josh as much as Nihari Ghost. Lucky me, eh? :P

Roghan Josh

(An aromatic lamb/mutton dish)

1 kg lamb/mutton shank, boneless, cubed
2 cup yogurt
1 tsp asafoetida, dissolved in 2 tbsp of water
1 tsp red chili powder
1 cup ghee
1.5 cup onion, diced
3 tsp turmeric powder

Spice to blend

4 tsp ginger paste
4 tsp garlic paste
3 tsp poppy seeds
3 tsp cumin seeds
8 tsp coriander seeds
12 cloves
12 cardamom seeds
20 peppercorns
12 almonds, blanched, peeled

salt, to taste
2 tsp garam masala


1. Marinate the meat in the yogurt, asafoetida and red chili powder. Mix well and keep aside for 30 minutes.
2. Heat the ghee in a pan. Add onions and saute till brown, Add turmeric and spice paste. Reduce heat and simmer for 8 minutes. Do not let the mixture become too dry.
3. Increase heat and add meat with the marinade and salt. Cook until water evaporates, stirring to get an even colour. Add water, reduce heat and cover. Cook on very low heat till meat is tender. Add garam masala and stir till well mixed.

(adapted from Rocky Mohan, Art of Indian Cuisine)


  5 Responses to “Roghan Josh”

  1. This is one of my favourite curries!! yumm

  2. Food : Very Bad {containing human hair}Service : BadAmbiance : BadNow a days I am trying new reunsaratts for their specialists so last night i went to Al Jawahar at Jama Masjid. We were 3 friends and ordered one mutton biryani, one Roghan Josh, and one Mutton Korma. We were exited at that time because we have heard about this restaurant, but our excitement went away when have to wait for half an hour for the food (and the restaurant was empty (at 9:30 PM)!!!) Ok, then our came to our table. Wow looking good, smelling good but when we started eating mhmm what a waste!!! The food was total waste. Nor it was prepared with care (as food was containing human hair also cattle hair were their). The attitude of waiters was terrible. I would personally recommend to everyone never to visit this restaurant.

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