Kashmiri Rogan Josh, a traditional, aromatic and delightful mutton curry having its origin in the Heaven of India – Kashmir. Tender mutton cooked with a blend of saffron, cardamom, and other aromatic Indian spices will give Kashmiri Rogan Josh an unforgettable taste.
Rogan Josh was basically a Persian dish which was brought to Kashmir during the Mughal Period. It has red colored gravy with a layer of oil over it. Tastes better when served with a Butter Naan, Garlic Kulcha or Steamed Rice.
The main ingredients in this dish are the Kashmiri degi mirch and the saffron. The crushed dry fruits like almonds and cashew add to the taste. Addition of hung curd adds to the flavor.
I tried this earlier but had no success. This time, I was able to match the exact taste of Kashmiri Rogan Josh that I had tried at my Kashmiri friends house. I personally believe that this Kashmiri Rogan Josh is the master of all mutton curries. I have tried many different cuisines around the world and this was the best.
I m a bit lazy when it comes to cooking and so I like to find an easier way. Usually, this dish is slow cooked in a pot but I have made this using a pressure cooker to shorten the time of cooking.
Take a pressure cooker or you can use a pot too. Heat oil and add mutton along with all whole spices like cinnamon, peppercorns, cardamom etc. Fry for about 3-4 minutes until it turns grey.
Note: Using a pressure cooker will make the process bit faster. This tip is for working professionals who want to make something extraordinary but have lack of time
Add 1 cup of water and seal the pressure cooker. Cook for approximately 10-15 minutes until the meat is half done.
Open the pressure cooker and add ginger paste, garam masala, crushed fennel seeds and other remaining ground spices. Cook for 5 minutes.
Add hung curd, fresh cream and kewda essence to it. Again seal the pressure cooker and cook for another 15 minutes(7-8 whistles).
Now open the lid after 15 minutes and dry the remaining water content if any. Cook on medium heat until oil starts floating and meat is tender.
Your aromatic and delightful Kashmiri Rogan Josh is ready to serve. Garnish it with big green chili halves and coriander leaves. You can also use bell pepper for garnishing.
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