At the end of July we launched our NEW! Lamb Rogan Josh as part of our Simplicity Curry range. Having not been brought up on spicy food, I had never tried this particular dish before, and so it was an entirely new experience for me. Made with our finest Lamb Neck Fillets, and rich with tomatoes, I found it to be very tasty!
Once I knew what a Lamb Rogan Josh was, the question still remained – who the heck is this ‘Rogan Josh’? I put out a plea to you, our customers, and my call was answered – over 50 ‘answers on a postcard’ were received! I very much enjoyed reading your thoughts. The answers I received were far and ranging and made up a most interesting picture of this curry!
Many of you it seems have stayed in India, Pakistan and Iran (once Persia), and told me of your experience of the broad spectrum of dishes which we in the West crudely call ‘curries’. Others traced the evolution of the dish, and its ingredients, with the Mughals as they travelled from Persia to Kashmir.
The lingual meanings behind the name Rogan Josh were also explored; Red Hot, Passionate, Intense Heat, and also Salvation from the biblical name Joshua.
Not only was I educated in the geographical and cultural origins of this dish, but I was also treated to some tall tales and even poems in my readers’ quest to define this character (fictional, real or non-existent) ‘Rogan Josh’. These included British and Irish soldiers serving in the time of the Raj in India, a legendary pirate who was the scourge of the Caribbean Sea, a very imaginative recount of a rogue who was friends with Joshua in biblical times, and the café they used to frequent!
I also learned of some very real occurrences where Rogan Josh was used to name other things. For example, I didn’t know Rogan Josh was an Australian racehorse of some pedigree, having won both the Pinjarra and Melbourne Cups in the late 1990s. I also wasn’t aware of the Comic Book ‘Rogan Gosh’ which was published at the start of that decade. And lastly, this curry shares its name with two sheep on a smallholding – Rogan and Josh!
In the end, I just couldn’t choose between my favourite suggestions, such was the level of research and imagination which had gone into them. To show how much I appreciate our customers getting involved, everyone who wrote in has been sent a sample of our new Rogan Josh, and also a chef’s apron – I hope you enjoy them!
Managing Director, Donald Russell