Authentic Mutton Rogan Josh Recipe (Lamb Rogan)

1 hr 20 minutes


4 servings

Mutton Rogan Josh is a flavorful and aromatic Kashmiri dish made with tender mutton (lamb or goat) cooked in a rich tomato-based curry.

The name “Rogan Josh” is derived from the Kashmiri words “rogan” meaning oil or ghee and “josh” meaning heat or passion, reflecting the fiery nature of this dish.

Unlocking the Secrets of Mutton Rogan Josh

The key to a delicious Mutton Rogan Josh lies in the combination of fragrant spices.

Traditional spice mixtures, such as Kashmiri red chili powder, fennel seeds, ginger powder, and dry ginger, are used to create the distinctive flavors of this dish.

The spices are carefully blended with yogurt and marinated with the mutton, allowing the flavors to infuse and tenderize the meat.

Ingredients For Mutton Rogan Josh Recipe

Ingredients For Mutton Rogan Josh Recipe


Mutton is traditionally used in Rogan Josh, typically tender cuts of meat from lamb or goat.


Whether you choose red or yellow onions, they will function wonderfully. Remember to chop them coarsely.

Curry Leaves

A crucial ingredient, curry leaves contribute greatly to the dish’s delightful aroma.


Opt for large, lusciously ripe tomatoes, and chop them finely before use.

Ginger & Garlic Paste

This paste provides aromatic finesse to the recipe.


Here’s the captivating lineup:

Coriander Powder

The best version is when you grind fresh coriander right in your kitchen, outperforming any market variety.

Cumin Powder

If you have whole dry cumin available at home, go ahead and grind it.

Fennel Seed Powder

Enhances the flavor complexity of the dish.

Garam Masala and Turmeric

Make sure to keep aside a tablespoon for marinating and another for the cooking process.

 Mutton Rogan Josh

How to prepare Mutton Rogan Josh

1. Marinating the Meat

Initiate the cooking process by marinating the mutton. Start by placing the mutton in a bowl, followed by a sprinkle of a teaspoon of turmeric and a pinch of salt. Allow it to rest and marinate for approximately an hour.

How to prepare Mutton Rogan Josh

2. Preparing the Pan and Spices

Begin by selecting a broad, deep pan with a heavy bottom. Pour in the mustard oil and heat it on a medium flame. Continue heating until the oil begins to emit smoke.

Next, incorporate the whole spices – this includes bay leaves, cardamom, cloves, and cinnamon. After approximately 30 seconds, introduce the chopped onions, allowing them to attain a brown color for roughly 3 to 5 minutes.

3. Adding Curry Leaves and Paste

At this juncture, it’s time to blend in the curry leaves along with the ginger and garlic pastes. Stir the mixture for about a minute, then implement the powdered spices—turmeric, cumin, coriander, fennel, and garam masala.

Mix the components in the pan thoroughly for about 2 to 3 minutes or until the raw smell dissipates. Perform this step on medium or medium-low flame, depending on your pan’s heat distribution.

4. Introducing Tomatoes and Adjusting Consistency

Incorporate salt to taste along with the finely chopped tomatoes into the pan, stirring them well. Next, allow the tomatoes to cook on medium flame without covering the pan until they turn mushy. Alternatively, you can cover the pot for around 2 to 3 minutes, intermittently checking. Note that tomatoes tend to cook faster when the pan is covered.

Then, add the marinated mutton, combine it with the sauce and let it boil. Following this, cover the pot and permit it to cook for about 20 to 30 minutes until the mutton becomes tender. Bear in mind that the mutton will release some water. It’s essential to check the consistency of the sauce (also called gravy), at this stage and, if needed, add more water until you attain the desired thickness.

5. Garnishing and Serving

Once complete, garnish the dish with fresh coriander leaves (cilantro). The aromatic and delicious Rogan Josh is now ready to be served hot. Enjoy it with Naan bread, paratha, or rice for a satisfying meal.

Pro Tips for Mutton Rogan Josh.

  • You need good quality tender meat for Rogan Josh. baby goat or lamb is best.
  • Add Kashmiri red chili powder for its vibrant color.
  • Potatoes make for a wonderful addition to this recipe. To seamlessly integrate them, pre-fry the potatoes until they turn a beautiful golden color and then introduce them into the dish during the last 10-minute stretch of the cooking process. The technique of golden frying the potatoes beforehand ensures that they’re partially cooked, allowing you to add them later to prevent them from becoming overly mushy.

I hope this flavorful exploration has inspired you to create and savor the rich flavors of Mutton Rogan Josh in your own kitchen.

So, gather your ingredients, roll up your sleeves, and try your hand at this delicious recipe. Don’t forget to share your experience and mouthwatering photos with me using the hashtag #eatswithmish — I can’t wait to see your creations!

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Mutton Rogan Josh Recipe

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  • Author: Mish
  • Total Time: 1 hr 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Mutton Rogan Josh is a robust, rich and aromatic curry dish of tender mutton pieces cooked in a blend of flavorful Indian spices and typically served with naan bread or rice.



1 pound Mutton – cut into small pieces

2 Onions (medium size) – finely chopped

6 Curry Leaves – roughly chopped

2 Tomatoes (large) – roughly chopped

1 teaspoon Ginger paste

1 teaspoon Garlic paste

1.5 teaspoon Coriander powder

1 teaspoon Cumin powder

1 teaspoon Fennel seed powder

1 teaspoon Garam masala

2 teaspoon Turmeric (1 for marinade and 1 for cooking)

1 teaspoon Salt

4 Cardamom pods

2 half inch Cinnamon sticks

5 Cloves

3 Bay leaves

1/2 cup Coriander leaves – finely chopped

2 tablespoon Mustard Oil or any neutral oil.


  1. Preparing the Pan and Spices: Choose a large, deep pan with a heavy base. Add mustard oil and heat it on medium flame until it begins to smoke. Stir in whole spices such as bay leaves, cardamom, cloves, and cinnamon. Allow the spices to infuse for 30 seconds before adding chopped onions and cook until browned (3-5 minutes).

  2. Adding Curry Leaves and Paste: Introduce curry leaves, ginger, and garlic pastes to the pan. Stir for a minute, then add the powdered spices (turmeric, cumin, coriander, fennel, and Garam Masala). Mix well for 2-3 minutes on medium or medium-low flame until the raw smell vanishes.

  3. Introducing Tomatoes and Adjusting Consistency: Incorporate salt (to taste) and finely chopped tomatoes, stirring thoroughly. Cook tomatoes on medium flame uncovered until mushy, or cover for 2-3 minutes, checking occasionally. Add marinated mutton and combine with the gravy, then let it boil. Put the lid on the pot and cook for 20-30 minutes or until the mutton is tender. Check the gravy’s consistency and, if necessary, add more water for desired thickness.

  4. Garnishing and Serving: Top off the dish with fresh coriander leaves. Serve the fragrant and delectable Rogan Josh hot alongside Naan bread, paratha, or rice for an enjoyable meal.


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  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 60 mins
  • Category: main course
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: Indian
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