With global influences and ingredients from as far as Central Asia, Persia and Afghanistan, Kashmiri recipes offer rich, spicy and intensely flavourful dishes. The Kashmiri love affair with spices is no secret. It is evident in Kashmiri recipes from the generous use of fennel seed powder, mint leaves and aromatic spices like cardamom, cinnamon, garlic and ginger paste which are then sautéed with an assortment of masalas, guaranteeing a party of flavours. If we had to pick, the star of Kashmir’s range of richly flavoured dishes would hands down be the popular rogan josh. Borrowed from the Persians, the Mughals brought the rogan josh recipe to Kashmir. The gravy-based dish then went on to become a staple in the Kashmiri Wazwan, a multi-course meal (up to 36 dishes!), which is usually served on a huge plate called Trammi or traem.
Typically a lamb or goat preparation, rogan josh roughly translates to ‘red heat’. In case you’re wondering why, wait till you’ve had a few mouthfuls. The rogan josh recipe stars juicy, tender pieces of meat soaked in a red gravy that’s satisfyingly hot without being overwhelming. While the marriage of spices in the rogan josh recipe lends the dish its unique flavour, Kashmiri red chillies give the dish its rich colour, without heating things up. The lamb or goat meat is slow-cooked in oil, yoghurt and a mix of spices. Once cooked, the meat is removed and more spices are added in stages. Some variations of the rogan josh recipe also see the addition of tomato paste or puree and even paprika.
Rogan Josh Recipe
For the rogan josh recipe, the meat is first cooked with yoghurt, browned onions and spices. It is then braised in a gravy made of caramelised onions, yoghurt, ginger, garlic and spices like bay leaves, cardamom, cinnamon and dried Kashmiri red chillies. When it comes to serving up a mean lamb or mutton dish, the rogan josh recipe doesn’t disappoint. So put on your aprons and get cooking! Follow Chef Ajay Chopra’s simple instructions in this Hindi recipe video to make rogan josh at home.
Click here for the list of ingredients and step-by-step rogan josh recipe.
Accompaniments for Rogan Josh
Mop up rogan josh with some naan or even plain roasted chapatis – either way you’re in for a delightful treat. If you’re nervous about working with dough, simply serve your curry with plain steamed or boiled rice, so as not to distract from the main offering. However, a mildly-flavoured vegetable pulao or jeera rice wouldn’t hurt. With all the myriad flavours having a fiery feast on your tongue, you could turn to the sweetness of this yoghurt-based salad or this baked potato salad to mellow out all that heat.
More Mutton Recipes
Perfect to serve in your kid’s lunch box or at your next party, these galauti kebabs make cooking seem like a simple task! You can even take your love for rice beyond a plate of plain steamed rice with this yummy mutton biryani recipe. If you feel a bit experimental, you could also give the authentic Goan pork vindaloo a twist with this lamb vindaloo recipe. The mention of mutton dishes would be incomplete without the much-talked Hyderabadi Gosht.
Also give this Benarasi Mutton Curry a try:
Other Kashmiri Recipes You Just Cannot Miss
From veg to non-veg, Kashmir is indeed a (foodie’s) Paradise on Earth, thanks to the wide variety of culinary offerings from the region. If you’re craving something spicy yet tangy, the Chok Wangun, an eggplant (baingan) dish that’s a staple in most Kashmiri homes, could be your best bet.
When it comes to tummy-filling food from Kashmiri recipes, the Rajma Gogji, a hearty dish of spiced kidney beans and turnip, is what we’d call comfort food for a vegetarian’s soul. Pair this with a plate of veg Kashmiri Pula, and you’re in for a meal to remember.
If you’ve got the patience and determination, the Haleem, a stew made with meat, lentils and pounded wheat, could be a great start from the Kashmiri recipes collection. This is one of the Kashmiri recipes that demands a long and tedious cooking process, but we promise, it’s all worth it!
Learn how to make the haleem:
You could wash all this down with some hot Kashmiri Kahwa – every sip of this tea is a delight to your senses and comes with health benefits. The Soor chai or Sheer Chai is another yummy beverage featuring a lovely pink colour. Be warned, this warm offering isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.
To end your meal on a sweet note, you could try your hand at Gulra and Susrot, a type of dessert that usually makes an appearance only at Kashmiri weddings. However, the Kashmiri roth, a type of sweet puri, which holds a place of importance in various religious festivals and customs, could help sweeten your taste buds.
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