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Make Restaurant-Quality Lamb Rogan Josh at Home: A Step-by-Step Guide


Lamb Rogan Josh is a rich and flavorful Indian curry that is beloved by diners all over the world. While making this dish at home can seem intimidating, it is actually quite simple and rewarding when done right. In this blog post, we'll take you through a step-by-step guide to make the perfect Lamb Rogan Josh, as well as some suggestions for the best sides and drinks to pair with it.


  • 2 lbs. boneless lamb, cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes

  • 4 medium tomatoes, chopped

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons ginger, minced

  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds

  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds

  • 2 teaspoons garam masala

  • 2 teaspoons paprika

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric

  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder

  • Salt to taste

  • 1 cup plain yogurt

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 tablespoons ghee or oil

  • Fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish


  1. In a large saucepan, heat the ghee or oil over medium heat. Add the cumin and coriander seeds, and fry until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  2. Add the onion, garlic, and ginger, and fry until the onion is golden brown, about 5 minutes.

  3. Add the chopped tomatoes, and cook until they are soft and have broken down, about 10 minutes.

  4. In a separate bowl, mix together the paprika, turmeric, red chili powder, and garam masala.

  5. Add the spice mixture to the saucepan, and cook for another 2 minutes.

  6. Add the lamb to the saucepan, and stir to coat with the spice mixture. Cook until the lamb is browned on all sides, about 5 minutes.

  7. Add the yogurt, water, and salt to the saucepan, and stir to combine.

  8. Reduce the heat to low, cover the saucepan, and simmer until the lamb is tender and the sauce has thickened, about 30 minutes.

  9. Serve the Lamb Rogan Josh over a bed of steamed rice, and garnish with fresh cilantro leaves.

Best Breads to Pair with Lamb Rogan Josh:

  • Naan: Soft, fluffy naan is the perfect bread to soak up the rich and flavorful sauce of the Lamb Rogan Josh.

  • Paratha: Crispy, flaky paratha is a great alternative to naan, and pairs perfectly with the spicy flavors of the curry.

  • Roti: Whole wheat roti is a healthy and filling option that complements the rich flavors of the Lamb Rogan Josh.

Best Sides to Pair with Lamb Rogan Josh:

  • Rice: A bed of steamed rice is the perfect base for the Lamb Rogan Josh, helping to absorb the sauce and balance out the spiciness of the dish.

  • Chutney: A side of tangy, sweet chutney helps to cool the heat of the Lamb Rogan Josh and adds a fresh burst of flavor.

  • Salad: A light and refreshing salad provides a cool contrast to the richness of the Lamb Rogan Josh, and helps to balance out the meal.

Best Drinks to Pair with Lamb Rogan Josh:

  • Lassi: A cool and creamy lassi helps to soothe the spice of the Lamb Rogan Josh, and provides a refreshing contrast to the rich flavors of the dish.

  • Masala Chai: A warm cup of spicy masala chai is the perfect drink to enjoy alongside the Lamb Rogan Josh, balancing out the spiciness of the curry with its warmth and comforting flavor.

  • Beer: A crisp, light beer is a great option for those who prefer an alcoholic drink with their Lamb Rogan Josh. The carbonation helps to cleanse the palate, making it the perfect beverage to enjoy between bites.



Making restaurant-style Lamb Rogan Josh at home is easier than you might think, and the results are well worth the effort. Whether you're serving it for a special occasion or just a cozy night in, this dish is sure to impress your family and friends. And if you're looking for a truly authentic experience, be sure to visit Shanti Indo-Lankan Restaurant, where you can enjoy this delicious dish in the comfort of our dining room with your loved ones.

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