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Friday, December 23, 2005



these series have been fantastic, thank you for writing them. i, in fact, will give this recipe a go, after i pay a visit to my local indian grocer and get more spices as i've run out of so many... as a sidenote, one of my favorite kitchen items is my masala spice storing device given to me by my best friend. happy holidays!


I have enjoyed reading these so much. (Now if you could just arrange for me to be the winner - but I already mentioned that didn't I?) Seriously, even if I don't win I am happy to be able to contribute, and also happy to find another online source for Indian spices.

Just curious, since you offer paprika and cayenne as a sub for the kashmiri chile powder, would hot hungarian paprika be an acceptable substitute? I order that from Penzeys and like it a lot in dishes like goulash. This dish sounds like something I would love.


radish, I'm glad you've been enjoying these posts. They've been a bit of a departure of my usual writing, since I've had to do a lot of research. Aren't the masala boxes great! I've always wanted to get one and this fundraiser was a good excuse to finally buy one, so I picked one up for myself, too.

Kalyn, of course I can't arrange for you to win, but I do wish you lots of luck in the raffle! If you don't win, I bet that the hot Hungarian paprika would be a great substitution.



Tania Sahay

If you really enjoy Kashmiri food then you will be happy to learn that Authentic Kashmiri Roganjosh, Gushtaba, Rista and many other delicacies are available at the first and only authentic Kashmir Restaurant in Singapore at 52 Race Course Road(Tel 62936003). This awesome food with lovely aroma is sure to entice the foodies !! Kashmir restaurant also serves some of the best tandoori kebbabs and mouth watering north indian dishes.

Worth recommending !!!


was looking for kashmiri recipies to email to a friend and came across this!
who told you THAT is rogan josh?!
yoghurt and asafetida in yoghurt! well yeah!
we don't get asafetida in kashmiri for starters.
and rogan, my dear, means 'colour' not 'essentially red'.
rogan josh is simply cooked meat drawing on subtle flavours of a very few spices mainly fennel,cardmom and saffron, cooked slowly and the colour comes from cocks comb.
thats it!
better check your sources before claiming the 'lineages' of dishes. it doesnt need linking it with nehrus to make it sound sexier.
blimey! the cheek!


I can tell you that the last guy who posted this comment is Kashmiri, how do I know? His name is Shuja and that's a common Kashmiri last name. You can tell who is Kashmiri, just by their names.

The last commenter also revealed the secret of "Rogan Josh" which is saffron in milk, and not yogurt, and that gets added towards the end. Oh and you should know how to handle saffron properly because you can't just throw it in the sauce.

Also, the recipe does not comes Hindu Brahmans, even an idiot knows Brahmans are mostly vegetarians and this dish call for lamb or beef. It's a Muslim dish, made with a very Muslim ingredient, LAMB which happens to be a sacrificial animal for, surprise surprise, Muslims. After the Muslims get done with Hajj, they slaughter a lamb and hence start our Eid celebrations. And Muslim Kashmiris in general love to cook Rogan Josh around Eid. Also the Mughals are the ones that brought this dish into limelight, long before Nehru was born. Get your facts straight dude.

Also Rogan mean "Color/Paint" and Josh here is taken in context of "Heat", which is not its literal meaning. Though literally it means, "Energy/Passion".


Ummm, I like the recipe. Its not bad at all and quite authentic. Abbas, the dish actually finds its roots in the Kashmiri Brahmins. The lack of onions and garlic in the original recipe will bolster this. Even bengali brahmins have mutton (not lamb, there is a difference) but without onions and garlic. So mutton finds a place even among the ancient brahmins. the preparation though, is different.


The Rogan Josh gets it color primarily from ground Kashmiri Red Chilli powder.Check out the recipe of Authentic RoganJosh on my blog at:


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