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Paleo Lamb Rogan Josh

December 2nd, 2014
Lamb Rogan Josh

I love curry and I LOVE lamb… put those two together and magic happens!  This Paleo Lamb Rogan Josh is a very rich, creamy, flavorful Indian curry with a beautiful deep reddish brown color.  It’s a very popular dish in Kashmir, India and Pakistan.  In Persian “Rogan” means clarified butter or oil, while “Josh” means intensity, heat and passion.  Sounds good already right?  Normally, this dish is made with yogurt, but we’re substituting that with coconut milk today.


2 lb of lamb
** Important Note – At least one pound should be ON THE BONE, that’s where all the flavor is!  It makes a HUGE difference, trust me!! I used 1 lb of lamb stew meat and 1 lb of lamb necks (bone-in).

Raw Lamb Meat

1 large onion, coarsely chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
4 tsp of ground coriander
4 tsp of ground cumin
2 tsp of ground cinnamon
2 tsp of paprika
1 tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp ground cloves
2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
3 tbsp coconut oil
1 can (15 oz) of full fat coconut milk
15 oz of water


1. Heat coconut oil in a large pot.  Lightly salt and pepper the lamb meat and sear on high heat until all sides are brown, with a bit of a crust.  Do this in batches as you want even heat exposure when cooking the meat. After it’s all done, remove all the meat from the pot and set aside.
2. Cook onions in the lamb meat fat for ~2 minutes on high heat to soften them. Then add the garlic, ginger and the seared lamb back into the pot and mix briefly.  Finally, add all the ground spices and salt to the pot and stir all the ingredients together for about 1 minute.  Allow the spices to soak into the oil, that’s how the flavor really develops!

Lamb and Spices

  1. Add coconut milk and water to the pot.  Bring the mixture to a boil and then cover and reduce the heat to a simmer.

Lamb and Coconut Milk

  1. Simmer curry with cover on top for about 1 hour. Then remove top and cook for an additional 30-45 minutes in order to thicken the sauce.
  2. Ladle into a bowel and enjoy!
Recipe by Michelle S. Gupta, PhD Candidate

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3 Responses

  1. allison says:

    This is the BEST ever meal. I’ve served it to company who love it. Lamb happens to be one of my favorites which is just one reason why I like it. It’s a little spicy and the gravy is delicious. I’ve shared this recipe with many people! Thank you

  2. Roro says:

    I’ve made this multiple times and it’s such a hit every time. This is my go to recipe now! Thanks!

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