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Chicken Rogan Josh

This chicken rogan josh is a delicious adaptation of the authentic Kashmir rogan josh, using more accessible ingredients and made in half the time. This chicken rogan josh still packs that big punch of spiced flavours and takes just 1 hour to make.

Origin

Rogan Josh is a North Indian curry from the region of Kashmir. Traditionally served with lamb or goat, with the addition of alkanet flower or root and Kashmiri chillies. Brought there by the Mughals with the influence of Persian cuisine, it has become a stable dish in Kashmiri cuisine.  

The Ingredients

Ghee

Ghee is a type of clarified butter that is used in ancient Indian cuisine. It’s made by cooking clarified butter for longer during the separation process which caramelise the milk solids, this results in a nutty caramelised flavour. It has a higher smoke point than butter which makes it ideal for sautéing.  I prefer using ghee made the old fashioned way and without the hormones which is why I recommend using this product here.

Kashmiri Chillies

Kashmiri chillies are a mild & vibrant chilli with strong red hues. They are used in Indian cuisine not to add heat to the dish but to add flavour and their vibrant colour. They are somewhat similar to paprika.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a spice that is from the inner bark off ‘cinnamon’ trees like Cinnamomum verum which is native to sir Lanka. This spice is now highly available and used throughout most of the world. It has a very strong flavour so it is normally used in small quantities.

Alkanet Flower/Root

Alkanet root is a herb that belongs to the borage family. The alkanet plant has a bright blue flower and a black and dark red root. It is commonly used for a source of red dye and is popular in Indian cuisine to add colour to the recipe. The alkanet flower & root is not approved for food colouring in the European Union due to potential side effects of the plant. This is why I have avoided this ingredient in the recipe. 

Health Benefits

Ginger

Gingerol in Ginger which is a relative of Capsaicin has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. It used for a variety of nature medicines and is believed to ease the effects of nausea, reduce muscle soreness and improve digestion.

Garlic

Is another vegetable that has been used in food medicine for thousands of years. It has been referred to as ‘Russian penicillin’ due to its antibacterial properties.

Chillies

Capsaicin in chilli is linked to increasing metabolism by burning fats, pain relief and reducing insulin spikes for diabetes.

This Chicken Rogan Josh Is Suitable For…

  • Celiacs (Gluten Free)
  • Keto Diet (Low Carbs)

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Chicken Rogan Josh

This chicken rogan josh is an adaptation of the authentic Kashmir rogan josh, using more accessible ingredients and made in half the time. This chicken rogan josh still packs that big punch of spiced flavours yet only takes 1 hour to make.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Chicken Rogan Josh
Servings: 4 People
Calories: 325kcal
Cost: £6

Equipment

  • Large Pot
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Fine Sieve

Ingredients

  • 2 Large Knobs Ghee or 2 tbsp of oil
  • 1 Onion diced
  • 3 Garlic minced
  • 1 tsp Ginger minced
  • 3 Chicken breast cut into chunks
  • 300 g Yogurt
  • 125 ml Water
  • 1 tbsp Kashmiri chilli powder or paprika
  • 1 tsp Chilli powder or cayenne pepper
  • Fresh Coriander for garnish
  • Sea salt

Spices (tied in a spice bag)

  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 5 Cloves
  • 6 Black or Green Cardamom
  • 2 Bay leafs

Instructions

  • In a medium mixing bowl add yoghurt. Next, sift the Kashmiri & chilli powder into the mixing bowl and whisk into it has incorporated. Place to the side for later.
  • Heat the ghee in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions & sauté until brown, this should take around 5 minutes. Add garlic & ginger then continue to sauté for 30 seconds. Turn up the heat to medium high, add the chicken & season with salt. Cook for 3-4 minutes until the chicken has been seared. Now add the water & deglaze the pan (scraping any brown bits from the bottom of the pan). 
  • Add the yoghurt, mix then add the spices. Bring the mixture to a light simmer (too much heat will curdle the youghurt) then add a lid and turn down the heat too low. Simmer for 30 minutes (stirring every so often). Take off the lid and reduce to your desired consistency. Take out the spices and check for seasoning, adding salt if needed.
  • Serve fresh from the pot with a sprinkle of coriander & a side of rice & naan bread.

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