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Easy Lamb Rogan Josh

Lamb rogan josh is one of the most popular curry house treats. Make this easy lamb rogan josh recipe at home to enjoy it at its freshest and best.
Servings: 4 people
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 45 mins



  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp cumin seed
  • 1 tsp coriander seed
  • 6 cloves
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 6 cardamom pots
  • 5 cm cinnamon stick

Other Ingredients

  • 1 tbs sunflower oil
  • 450 g lamb - diced
  • 1 onion
  • 3 cloves garlic - peeled & chopped
  • 5 cm fresh ginger
  • 440 g tinned tomatoes
  • 100 g yogurt - optional


  • Preheat the oven to 160°C / 140°C fan / gas mark 3 / 325°F. In a shallow ovenproof pan with a lid, fry the chilli powder, coriander seed, garam masala, turmeric and paprika in the oil.
  • Fry over a medium heat, stirring all the time until fragrant.
  • Add the chopped onion. Stir well, making sure that its evenly coated by the spice mixture. Cook for a few minutes
  • Add the diced lamb and garlic. Fry for a few minutes, stirring all the time.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes, grated ginger, cloves, cinnamon stick and cardamom pod. Stir again.
  • Cover the pan and cook at 160°C / 140°C fan / gas mark 3 / 325°F for about 75–90 minutes.
    Check part way through cooking and add a little water if the curry looks as if it is drying out, it will depend how well the lid of your pan fits.
  • Stir through the yogurt, if using, and serve.


  • This lamb roghan josh recipe is very adaptable. If you want a lighter version, cut back on the lamb. Add more vegetables (aubergine, okra, peas and carrots all work), and perhaps some lentils, then stir spinach through at the end of cooking.
  • Stir in yogurt at the end to create a richer dish. 
  • Curries like a lamb rogan josh are nearly always better made in advance and reheated.  This dish is perfect for batch cooking, freezing and then reheating
  • Toast some almonds or cashews to garnish. 
Nutritional Information 
  • This recipe is 15 Weight Watchers Smart Points per portion 
• Please note that the nutrition information provided below is approximate and meant as a guideline only.
• Unless stated otherwise cup conversions have been made with an online tool. For accuracy please check with your favoured conversion tool. We recommend buying inexpensive digital kitchen scales.
Calories: 433kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 239mg | Potassium: 723mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 745IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 4mg