Easy Kashmiri Mutton Rogan Josh Recipe

What is Kashmiri mutton Rogan Josh?

Rogan josh is an aromatic Kashmiri dish traditionally created with lamb meat and dry red chilies. Authentic Kashmiri mutton Rogan josh is a deep red spicy lamb or mutton dish of Persian origin. It had been brought to Kashmir by the Mughals. The dish has thin red color gravy and a thick layer of clarified butter on top. Served with steamed rice or any Indian bread, it tastes delicious either ways.

Rogan Josh Recipe

Why is Rogan Josh called?

Rogan Josh is a combination of two Persian words. Rogan means oil whereas the word Josh means intense passion. It has more figurative use meaning the mutton or lamb meat cooked under intense heat.

The characteristic red color of rogan josh comes from the utilization of liberal amount of Kashmiri red chili powder and Ratan Jot which is root of a plant having a deep red color.

How to cook authentic Kashmiri mutton Rogan Josh?

In authentic Kashmiri mutton rogan josh the red color gravy was achieved by use of Kashmiri red chili powder and Ratan Jot. Ratan Jot or alkanna is good for diarrhea and stomach ulcers but it has serious side effects too.

Traditionally Ratan Jot was added to this spicy red chili powder filled delicious Kashmiri mutton rogan josh recipe, to prevent stomach ulcers and diarrhea.

There are two different versions of this dish. Kashmiri Muslims prepares it with onion and garlic while the  Kashmiri Pandits use only yogurt to make it.

Why Kashmiri Pandit’s avoid onion and garlic?

Onion and garlic are considered to be Tamasic and Rajasic by nature. Meaning they are pungent foods that increase heat, and bile in the body.The Hindus(especially Brahmins), who follow food pattern of Ayurveda avoid eating garlic and onion. Because of their religious beliefs and devotion to ancient hindu culture.

I have made the Kashmiri Pandit’s version today without onion and garlic and it turned out delicious. I have also avoided use of Ratan Jot in this recipe. It doesn’t change the taste of the dish dramatically so it could be optional to use it. But you can easily convert this Kashmiri Pandit’s version to Kashmiri Muslim style with onion and garlic.

How to make mutton Rogan Josh Kashmiri Muslim style with onion and garlic?

To make Mutton Rogan Josh recipe with onion and garlic like Kashmiri Muslims, add sliced 1 cup onion and 10-12 crushed cloves of garlic in the heavy bottom pan after adding the dry red chilies. Fry them until they turn golden brown. Then add mutton and follow the recipe as mentioned below.

Kashmiri Rogan Josh

Mutton Rogan Josh Recipe is a world famous Indian delicacy which is native to Kashmir traditionally made from a blend of spices without onion or tomatoes. Learn to prepare this delicious restaurant style mutton recipe easily at home.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian, Kashmiri
Servings: 4 People
Calories: 715kcal
Author: Punam Paul


  • 1/2 kilogram mutton (बकरे का मांस) preferable meat from lamb's leg
  • 4 tablespoon clarified butter (घी)
  • 2 pieces black cardamom (बडी इलायची)
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron (केसर) dissolved in water
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder (गरम मसाला पाउडर)
  • 2 tablespoon whisked curd (फेटा हुआ दही)
  • salt to taste (नमक स्वाद अनुसार)

For Fresh Garam Masala

  • 1 piece bay leaf (तेज पत्ता)
  • 2 -3 pieces green cardamom (छोटी इलायची)
  • 1 petal mace (जावित्री)
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds (धनिया)
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick (दालचीनी)
  • 1/2 tablespoon cumin seeds (जीरा)
  • muslin cloth (मलमल का कपड़ा) as required

For Spice Mix

  • 1 tablespoon kashmiri red chili powder (कश्मीरी लाल मिर्च पाउडर)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry ginger powder (सोंठ पाउडर)
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds powder (सौंफ का पाउडर)
  • 1 teaspoon asafoetida powder (हींग पाउडर)
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder (लाल मिर्च पाउडर) or as per taste


How to prepare Fresh Garam Masala for Mutton Rogan Josh

  • On a muslin cloth put 1 bay leaf, 2-3 whole green cardamom, 1 petal of mace, half teaspoon coriander seed,  half teaspoon cumin seeds, 1 inch cinnamon stick and bundle it into a bale and keep aside.

How to Prepare Spice Mix For Mutton Rogan Josh

  • In a small bowl add asafoetida powder, dry ginger powder, fennel seeds powder, kashmiri red chili powder, red chili powder with 3 tablespoon of water. Mix it into a watery and keep aside.

How to Make Kashmiri Mutton Rogan Josh

  • Take a heavy bottom pan and pour the 4 tablespoon clarified butter in it and heat it on medium-high flame. Then put the black cardamom into it and roast it for 1-2 minute.
  • Now put the mutton pieces in clarified butter the and fry it till outer coating of meat turns brown in color. Occasionally stir and turn the mutton pieces to cook it from all the sides till brown in medium high flame.
  • When the outer coat of mutton pieces got caramelized and brown from all the sides add the watery spice mix to it. Cook it for a minute or two.
  • Now add half teaspoon of saffron, salt to taste and pour 2 cups of water to it.
  • Put the whole spice bundled bale into it. Cover and cook it on high flame for 5 minutes and and let the mutton simmer. After 5 minutes turn the flame to low and let the mutton cook with spices for 40 minutes on low heat.
  • After 45 minutes open the lid. You will find the gravy has turned into Rogan (red), thick and oily. Now add 1 teaspoon of garam masala powder along with 2 tablespoon of whisked curd. Mix it well and again cook covered for another 30 minutes on low flame.
  • After 30 minutes open the lid and remove the spice bundled bale from the gravy. Your delicious Mutton Rogan Josh is ready to serve.


  • Serve hot with rice or Kashmiri Naan.

Why Ratan Jot has been avoided by me?

Ratan jot or Alkanna tinctoria is root of alkanet, a herb in the borage family, traditionally used in Indian food under the name Ratan Jot. The root produces a fine red coloring material, which has been used as a dye in the Mediterranean region since antiquity.

The root as a dyestuff is soluble in alcohol, ether, and the oils, but is insoluble in water. It is used to give color to wines and alcoholic tinctures, to vegetable oils, for lipstick and other cosmetics and even to varnishes.

In Australia, alkanet is approved for use as a food coloring, but in the European Union, it is not.

Alkanna contains harmful chemicals called Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids (PAs) are hepatotoxic, meaning damaging to the liver. PAs might also cause cancer and birth defects thus recommended to be ignored by pregnant and breast feeding women. Thus observing these recommendations from webmd we avoided use of Ratan Jot in this recipe.

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Looking forward the advantages and disadvantages of Ratan Jot I have left it altogether for you to decide the use of Ratan Jot in this dish. Though ignoring Ratan Jot does not change the taste of this recipe much but if you want to use Ratan Jot follow the below process.

How to cook authentic Kashmiri lamb Rogan Josh recipe with Ratan Jot?

If using Ratan jot, heat 2 tablespoon of ghee and once the ghee is sufficiently hot, switch off the flame and a small piece of rattan jot in the ghee. Let the color of the rattan jot steep in the ghee for a few minute. Discard rattan jot and pour the ghee in the ready curry.

Have to you enjoyed this dish?

Please share your experience about this dish on the comment section below. I will love to hear from you. If you enjoyed this dish and want to cook this dish regularly then here is the spice mix you can keep ready for next time.

How to make Rogan Josh spice mix?

To make Rogan Josh spice mix, 2 tablespoon Kashmiri red chilli powder, 1 teaspoon dry ginger powder, 2 tablespoon fennel seeds powder, 2 teaspoon asafoetida powder and 1 teaspoon red chili powder and mix well. Store this mix in a glass jar and use as required.

Punam Paul

Punam Paul

Punam Paul is Indian chef with passion to cook and serve Indian food both vegetarian and non-vegetarian with love. She has been school teacher who quit a 8-years-old job and founded the cooking website, punampaul.com

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