My Attempt At Rogan Josh.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

I love trying all different types of food. Which is why being a Socal resident is so great! Unfortunately I never really know how to recreate any ethic dishes (besides the Chinese ones, thanks to Dad).

So I was at the Persian market here in town not too long ago when I noticed that they had lamb shanks in stock. Immediately I got too excited and started freaking out, because it's not a normal product that American grocery markets stock. I bought the cardamom pods from the same Persian market and the saffron from Trader Joe's. I was way too excited. I am going to serve this with some Saffron Rice and Paleek Paneer tonight!

So I bought a couple and then realized: how do I cook this? So I went through my cookbooks and then online and found this nifty recipe -->

Lamb Shank Rogan Josh

2 lbs lamb shanks (2)
1 ½ tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons chili powder
½ teaspoon ground coriander
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons vegetable oil or 2 tablespoons olive oil
½ large yellow onion , thinly sliced
2 celery ribs , chopped
1 cup hot lamb stock or 1 cup chicken stock
¾ cup plainGreek yogurt or ¾ cup sour cream
2 cardamom pods , cracked
1 teaspoon saffron strand
14 ½ ounces stewed tomatoes (canned are fine) or 14 ½ ounces crushed tomatoes , with juice (canned are fine)
½ cup tomato sauce (optional)


1. With paper towels, gently pat any excess moisture from the lamb shanks. Set aside.
2. In a gallon-sized Ziplock or other bag, combine the flour, chili powder, coriander, ginger, cumin, salt and nutmeg. Add the lamb shanks and shake to dust the shanks in the mixture.
3. In a large dutch oven (I use my big, round Le Cruset pot), heat the oil over medium heat. Add the dusted lamb shanks from the bag. Reserve any remaining flour/spice mixture from the bag, setting it aside.
4.Brown the lamb on all sides for about 7 to 10 minutes, careful not to let the flour/spice mixture burn. Transfer the browned meat to a plate and set aside.
5. Add the thinly sliced onion and celery to the dutch oven and sauté for 5 to 7 minutes until the onion is golden brown. Add the reserved flour/spice mixture and cook for 1 minute, stirring continuously. Stir in the stock and yogurt until well mixed.
6. Return the browned lamb to the dutch oven, turning the shanks so that they're covered in sauce. Add the cracked cardamom pods and saffron and bring to a gentle boil. Cover tightly with dutch oven lid and cook at medium low for 90 minutes.
7. Add the tomatoes (and tomato sauce, if you feel the there's not enough liquid in the pot) and cook for an additional 40 to 60 minutes until the lamb is tender and falling away from the bone.
8. Separate the meat from the bone/fat/gristle and serve with the sauce (which I prefer to put through a gravy-fat separator, first).
9. Serve hot with rice and naan. Saag aloo or curried lentils also go well with this dish!
10. Note: make sure your spices aren't stale or the flavorings in this dish simply won't be nearly as delicious.

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