Vegetarian Rogan Josh Recipe

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Originally a Persian dish, this deliciously fragrant meal migrated up to the region of Kashmir, in India. The color of the paste indicates its taste – the dish is a spicy treat. To cool the peppery level of Rogan Josh, leave out the birdseye peppers from the paste, or calm the palette by serving yogurt alongside. This is also a vegetarian version of the dish, which is traditionally made from lamb.

Vegetarian Rogan Josh
Yield: 4 servings

Vegetarian Rogan Josh

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes



  • 1/4 cup sunflower oil
  • 2 roasted red peppers, seeded, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 2 birdseye peppers, chopped
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 small acorn squash, seeded, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup cauliflower, chopped
  • 2 bell peppers, seeded and chopped


  1. Blend all the ingredients for the paste together in a blender until smooth.
  2. Heat the 1 tbl of oil in a large, deep-bottomed frying pan on medium-high heat. Add the onions, and caramelize for 2 to 3 minutes, or until browned. Add ¼ cup of the rogan josh paste (add more later, if desired), and continue to brown for another minute (this adds flavor to the tomato paste, as well as opens up the taste of the spices).
  3. Deglaze the pan with the coconut milk, scraping any brown bits up from the bottom.
  4. Add the chickpeas, brown sugar and acorn squash. Simmer for 5 minutes or until the squash is slightly softened.
  5. Add the carrots and simmer for another 2 minutes. Add the cauliflower and cook for 2 more minutes. Add the peppers and cook for 2 more minutes.
  6. Remove and serve hot with Naan bread and mango or peach chutney.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 560Total Fat 34gSaturated Fat 13gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 19gCholesterol 0mgSodium 415mgCarbohydrates 60gFiber 14gSugar 19gProtein 13g

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  • Samantha Lowe

    Based in Kingston, Canada, Samantha Lowe has been writing for publication since 2006. She records her culinary and globe-trotting experiences online at A love of photography and cooking fuels this writing, with the end result usually enticing friends and acquaintances to 'loosen their belts'.

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