Rogan Josh seems to strike fear in the hearts of non-curry afficionados. It's flavourful yes, but it's quite hot. According to Wikipedia Rogan means oil, while Josh refers to heat or passion. So I think it's fair to say that this is as passionate as they come!
It's traditionally made with lamb, but the lamb on offer at the grocery store this week looked pretty dismal, so I chose beef. Still prefer lamb if I have to be honest, but I think the beef makes a nice change. Be warned though, this is not a quick weeknight meal as it requires lengthy simmering for the flavours to blend and the meat to become meltingly soft. But as they say, good things come to those who wait.
Beef Rogan Josh
Adapted from Route 79
Serves 4 - 5
2 tbsp olive oil2 medium onions, finely chopped1 tsp minced garlic1/2 tsp ground ginger3 tsp garam masala1 tsp chilli powder2 tsp ground cumin2 tsp ground coriander2 tsp salt1 tsp turmeric650g lean beef, cubed1 tin (400g) chopped tomatoes1 cup plain low-fat yoghurt
1. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil over medium-high heat in a large saucepan. Add the onions and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring regularly.2. Add garlic, ginger and spices to the onions and cook for another 3 - 4 minutes, until onions are soft.3. Add the rest of the oil, then add the meat, browning it on all sides.4. When the meat has browned, add the tomatoes, bring to boiling point, then reduce heat and let simmer for 20 minutes, covered.5. Stir in the yoghurt and simmer another 20 minutes, uncovered for sauce to thicken.6. Serve with basmati rice or rotis.