North Indian Cuisine
Remarkably popular in the northern Indian state of Kashmir, its is lamb preparation distinguished by its fiery, red flavourful sauce. The dish has the honour of being among the seven permanent dishes in wazwan — a 36-course ceremonial Kashmiri feast.
To the people of Kashmir, cooking is regarded a form of art, almost like a second religion. The authentic Kashmiri cooks, the wazas, perfected signature Kashmiri dishes, such as the Rogan Josh over the years. To them the Rogan Josh is not just a dish, but an embodiment of their culinary skills.
The dish is all about cooking in an oil-based sauce with an intense heat with the words Rogan meaning clarified butter or oil in Persian and red in Hindi, and josh refers to passion — fiery or hot.
The rich red colour so famous in the Rogan Josh is attributed to the addition of an indispensable ingredient in this authentic dish — the Kashmiri red chilli powder