Homemade Rogan Josh Seasoning


Ever since I discovered rogan josh a few years ago – and stopped confusing the spice blend with actor Seth Rogan and singer Josh Groban – I’ve been held hostage by my need for rogan josh. Originally devoted to Penzeys, I had a recent flirtation with the Savory Spice Shop… and both blends are definitely worth the 2-hour simmer time.

But last week, when I pulled 3 lbs. of lamb cubes out of the fridge and reached into my spice cabinet, I realized with horror (horror!) that the jar labeled ROGAN JOSH was empty.

Yeah, I don’t know how that could happen either.

When I recovered my composure, I read a few recipes online and cobbled together my own rogan josh spice blend.

I’m ridiculously pleased with myself. Because this is now my favorite version of rogan josh. Hope you like it, too!

Homemade Rogan Josh Seasoning

* This makes a jelly-jar full so you won’t run out at an inconvenient time and experience a devastating rogan josh emergency! With spice blends you an always cut in half or double, as needed.

  • 1 teaspoon cardamom

  • 1 teaspoon cloves

  • 3/4 teaspoon ginger powder

  • 4 tablespoons paprika

  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoon cumin

  • 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoon coriander

  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon salt

  • cayenne: 1 teaspoon for very mild, 2 teaspoons for medium, 1 tablespoon for hot-ish


Measure spices with generosity or stinginess as you see fit. My cumin measurements were rounded (of course!),  and I tend to be heavy-handed with the cayenne, but I carefully leveled the ginger. Note: if you use 1 teaspoon of cayenne, it’s VERY mild… almost gravy-like without a bite. You can always add more cayenne later, so use your judgment.


Place spices in a medium-sized bowl and mix with a fork until uniformly blended. Store in an air-tight container.


Use 1-2 tablespoons per 1 lb. of lamb or beef. Here’s my original recipe for paleo rogan josh curry – just replace the Penzeys or Savory Spice Shop blend with yours. That you made. With your own two hands. ‘Cause you’re awesome.

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