I don’t really understand or care about the Paleo diet. But I did really like this Rogan Josh recipe, the first time I had it. So I decided to make it myself. The ingredients are:
- Beef, 2 pounds
- Onions, 2 medium, diced
- Coconut milk, 2 cans
- Coconut Oil, 1 tablespoon
- Water, 1 cup
And for the spice blend:
- Sweet Paprika, 2 tablespoons
- Cayenne pepper, 1/2 tablespoon
- Ground coriander, 4 teaspoons
- Ground cumin, 4 teaspoons
- Ground cinnamon, 2 teaspoons
- Chili Powder, 2 teaspoons
- Salt, 2 teaspoons
- Ground ginger, 3/4 teaspoon
- Ground cardamom, 1/2 teaspoon
- Ground cloves, 1/2 teaspoon
You may want to start by browning the meat in the oil, because that can take a while, depending on the size of your pot. I browned mine in two batches. Be sure to let the meat sear for a good length of time before disturbing it, to ensure it develops a nice, crispy crust.
While the meat is doing its thing, you can assemble the spice blend:
And dice the onions:
Once all the meat is browned, return it to the pan, along with the onions. Cook until the onions themselves have begun to soften and brown a bit.
Then add in the spice mix, stir for about 30 seconds to allow the spices to warm in the oil and grease, and then add in the water and coconut milk.
Cover and simmer for about an hour to allow the meat to tenderize and the sauce to reduce, and you’re done.
You may find, as I did, that the sauce has reduced a bit more than what you really wanted. If so, ameliorate by adding in a bit more coconut milk.