An incredibly easy and flavour packed Slow Cooker Lamb Rogan Josh recipe made with only 2 tbsp of oil for a healthy low-calorie Indian Lamb Curry version.
It is believed that Rogan Josh originated in Persia and was introduced by the Mughals to the Kashmiri Cuisine also known as Wazwan. Wazwan in a multi-dish course prepared and offered during big Kashmiri occasions.
‘Rogan’ means red while ‘Josh’ means passion or heat.
Hence the fiery red oil layered succulent pieces of meat that is the customary Rogan Josh gravy!
The redness of the dish comes from making a paste of Kashmiri Red Chillies which has a vibrant red colour with a little less of the heat quotient slow cooked in a good helping of clarified butter or ghee!
Rogan Josh is normally made using lamb or any red meat of your choice, but Chicken Rogan josh has become equally popular with those who enjoy the aroma packed Rogan Josh sauce but not too keen on red meat.
The heat of the chillies is mellowed down with the use of yoghurt and tomato to make the gravy.
What makes this particular recipe version of Rogan Josh special and unique is that although it uses the traditional spices to make a Rogan Josh base it cuts out on the oil and cooking time.
Traditionally a Rogan Josh curry base requires a considerable amount of oil/ghee to increase flavour, but since this dish is made in a slow cooker you do not need to use as much oil and yet not compromise on its taste.
Kashmiri cuisine in one of my most favourite Indian cuisine. The reason being that they use robust strong spices which bring absolutely scintillating flavours to dishes.
It is a delicate, aromatic and rustic way of cooking which differentiates it from other popular Indian dishes that you may be used to.
It is only when I started to make Kashmiri food often, I realised that you don’t really need lots of onions or garlic to make a dish tasty. Knowing and using spices and herbs correctly is all you need to do to enhance flavours of the blandest of foods be it spinach, potatoes or Brussel sprouts!
I make this basic Rogan Josh Spice blend at home and store it to make not just Rogan Josh but a chicken curry, vegetable curry or even a spiced up pie!!
Simply dry roast all the spices and blend them in a spice blender or a pestle and mortar.
Store it is an airtight container and keep it ready to be used multiple times for making different recipes until its time to make it again.
You can also make a child-friendly version of Lamb Rogan Josh for the whole family to enjoy which is not too spicy and hot. You don’t need to cook two separate meals and get the kids to enjoy something spicy to try.
All you need to do is add a tablespoon or two more of yoghurt to the sauce gravy.
Add reduce whole chillies to the spice blend for a child-friendly version of an Indian Lamb Curry.
Remove some of the lamb and gravy from the slow cooker when the lamb is done for the kids, add more of the spice blend and/or chilli powder to the remaining part of the dish in the cooker and continue to cook for another 1/2 hour for a spicier hot version.
There are many variations to a Rogan Josh recipe. Do you have one? If yes then do comment below with your version.
|Lamb - 500 gms|
|Potatoes - 2, cubed (optional)|
|Onions - 1, sliced|
|Garlic garlic paste - 2 tsp|
|Tomato puree - 1/2 cup|
|Yogurt - 1/4 cup|
|Oil - 2 tbsp|
|Salt to taste|
|Sugar to taste|
|Green Cardamon - 3|
|Black Cardamon - 2|
|Cloves - 4|
|Kashmiri Whole Red Chillies - 5-6 (substitute with any whole red chilli)|
|Fennel seeds - 1 tbsp|
|Coriander seeds - 1 tbsp|
|Mace - 1 flower|
|Dry fenugreek Leaves - 1 tbsp (optional)|
|Garam Masala Powder - 1 tsp|