Rogan Josh is a Persian dish consisting of lamb that is slow-cooked in aromatic spices. It has a characteristic deep red colour, which comes from the use of dried red chillis rather than from tomatoes (a Western intervention). However, as the chillis are normally de-seeded, it’s actually milder than most curries, so is all about the aromatic spices rather than the heat.
Curries are very suited to the Paleo diet as they can be made in bulk when you have the time, and then kept on standby in the fridge for up to five days. In fact, aromatic foods such as stews and curries actually appreciate in flavour, as the spices release into the oil, melding together and marinating the meat. Rather than one or two flavour notes dominating, you get a much more rounded and complex taste. So any meal that contains aromatic ingredients such as garlic, ginger, onion, spices and herbs will continue to develop flavour in the refrigerator.
You can make the curry paste in advance and safely store in the fridge for 1 month. If you want to make a bulk lot and store for longer, then you will need to sterilise the paste to kill off all bacteria:
- First, sterilise a glass jar and lid by putting through the dishwasher on a rinse cycle without detergent, or by boiling in a large pan of water for 10 minutes then removing and leaving to air dry.
- Heat 2 tablespoons of cooking oil in a frying pan over a medium heat (I used light olive oil). Add the curry paste and fry until the paste steams.
- Transfer the paste to the glass jar, using the back of a spoon to press the mixture down and eliminate air bubbles. Put the lid on as tight as you can to seal the jar and keep it airtight.
- Take a large, deep-sided pan, and place a rack at the bottom (I used a steaming basket, but scrunched up foil also works). This allows the heat to circulate evenly, and prevents breakages. Put the sealed jar in the pan and cover with boiling water. Boil for 10 minutes, then remove and leave to cool. Store in refrigerator and use within 2-3 months for maximum flavour.
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|400ml – 8 servings||0 minutes|
|Rogan Josh Curry Paste|