One-pan rogan josh

One-pan rogan josh

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Cooking time

Prep: 35 mins Cook: 1 hr - 1 hr, 15 mins

Skill level



Serves 6

This lamb curry's a popular restaurant classic that's really easy to make at home

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving



  • 2 onions, quartered
  • 4 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely crushed
  • thumb-size piece fresh root ginger, peeled and very finely grated
  • 2 tbsp Madras curry paste
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6 green cardamom, bashed to break the shells
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1kg lean leg of lamb, cut into generous cubes
  • 150ml Greek yogurt
  • chopped coriander, to garnish

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  1. Put the onions in a food processor and whizz until very finely chopped. Heat the oil in a large heavy-based pan, then fry the onion with the lid on, stirring every now and then, until it is really golden and soft. Add the garlic and ginger, then fry for 5 mins more.
  2. Tip the curry paste, all the spices and the bay leaves into the pan, with the tomato purée. Stir well over the heat for about 30 secs, then add the meat and 300ml water. Stir to mix, turn down the heat, then add the yogurt.
  3. Cover the pan, then gently simmer for 40-60 mins until the meat is tender and the sauce nice and thick. Serve scattered with coriander, with plain basmati or pilau rice.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2009

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strongmansj's picture

took this as inspiration and used beef as that was what was in the freezer! also made my own curry paste, this is so easy to do, why bother with a jar? Did it with green beans and tomatoes in a garlic and ginger paste and basmati rice. very yummy

seguel's picture

Lizzie, good question about beef!
I'll appreciate your feedback.


lizziestewart's picture

Good base recipe
Could'nt get any lamb so did the same thing with chicken marinating
with some curry paste & lime.
Pre cooked chicken prior to adding to the sauce so that the chicken would stay succulent - yummy
Wonder whats its like with beef ?

holmfirth's picture

sorry folks but rogan josh is'nt supposed to be hot, just spicy, it's a delicious indian recipe though, one of my favs,mmmmmmmm

franti91's picture

This sounds quite easy so curry on the menu tonight I think!
I cook for my local so will try it out on them!

jburton's picture

colortura i dont see why you cant freeze it, obvioussly the meat cant have been frozen before ( but im sure you know that already). I would freeze it if need be. x

8katherine's picture

Have visitors coming for a fortnight. Can I freeze this?

jhepburn01's picture
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A very easy recipe to prepare and make. The whole family loved this one. The flavours were lovely and I surprised myself that I could make such a nice curry (previous attempts have been disasters!). The only thing I would change is not use as much water as indicated in the recipe, I would probably use 200ml or just about enough to cover the meat. I felt the lamb did not pick up the flavours so next time I'm going to experiment and marinate the lamb with some of the curry paste overnight and see if this makes a difference. A very good recipe!

babs45920's picture
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In order to make it a complete one-dish meal, I added the florets of 1/2 cauliflower and a medium tin of lentils, drained and rinsed, to the curry about 20 mins. before the end. I also added a touch of sugar to smooth out the flavors. Totally delish!

katron's picture
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very easy and VERY tasty curry. My husband gave this one a go ,the best I've had yet.We served it with braised rice.

Frantic Flapjack's picture
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I used 3tbsp of curry paste and thought there was plenty of sauce. Went down very well in our house. Far better than a takeaway curry and the preparation didn't take too long.

dylanski's picture
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I agree with Jo, nice but it needs more depth of flavour.

hamishmum's picture
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The lamb was very tender but I found it needed more sauce. Also, i think it needs more curry paste as it was not very hot at all. The flavours were good but not a curry that i would do again

schizopear's picture
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this was surprisingly lovely considering how little effort was involved. the lamb was really tender and the flavours were fantastic. i will definitely make this one again.

alitw8's picture

Really easy and scrummy. I'm still fairly new to making curries from scratch but this one looked good and tasted delicious.